We work in partnership with Special Schools and Colleges across the West Midlands to offer a child-centred creative approach to making music. 

Our experienced team support the children and young people to create music in a way that suits them, this could be anything from using music technology and/or assistive technology (such as Eyegaze and SmartNav) to using electronic and acoustic instruments.

We work towards developing the group's musical, social and personal skills including communication, self-efficacy, confidence, co-ordination, empathy, turn taking and self-esteem. We design bespoke programmes for each school or setting depending on the particular area they would like support in.

Here are a few examples of previous work we've done in Special Schools:


Open Orchestras

We currently support 7 Open Orchestras across the West Midlands region in partnership with Open Up Music, local Music Education Hubs, and special schools. Our support offer includes help with creativity and composition as well as regional sharing/performance opportunities. 

'Open Orchestras was created in 2013 to address a lack of ensemble musical provision in Special schools. Originally piloted at six schools in the South-West during 2013-15, Open Orchestras has been carefully developed through participatory design with young disabled musicians, teachers and music leaders. It’s an award-winning, game-changing programme that provides everything needed – instruments, repertoire and training, to empower Music Hubs, arts organisations and Special schools across the UK to set up and run their own orchestra sustainably, just like mainstreams schools do. Open Orchestras is available by annual subscription.' www.openorchestras.org/about/


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