SEND Ensemble

mac makes music creates bespoke music making opportunities to address barriers in music education and to influence the development of progression routes. Key features are:

  • Enabling young people to make music together as an ensemble or band.
  • Access to music through the use of music technology.
  • Providing performance opportunities.
  • Empowering young people to make choices about their roles, repertoire and the instruments they play.

Open Orchestras

We are working in partnership with Open Up Music to develop Open Orchestras in the West Midlands. Open School Orchestras (OSO) is a growing national movement, designed to support Music Education Hubs, arts organisations and schools in providing SEN/Disabled young people with opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform. Open Up Music have designed resources to enable SEN/D young people to participate whatever their needs and access requirements including pioneering music technology the Clarion and a range of carefully re-worked pieces of music.

music making at mac

For those young people who wish to make music beyond the school day and meet other like-minded young musicians we have two ensembles:

  • Switch who create their own rock and pop music and perform regularly at mac and beyond.

  • Out Loud, a new inclusive choir for young people who love to sing their heart out with others.
  • We also offer music sessions for disable young people.

Fox Hollies

Fox Hollies School is one of our neighbouring schools with whom we have an ongoing partnership.

We supported the development of ‘The Company’, an inclusive after school theatre company that supports young people with learning difficulties to create original theatre. mac makes music provided a musician in residence to support the young people and staff to develop skills in music composition in order to create original scores for their shows. As a result music is embedded in each show and is an integral part of the storytelling process.

Our first collaboration resulted in the show: ‘Big Fox Little Fox Cardboard Box’, inspired by the book: ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’, which reflects on homelessness and isolation. The result was deeply moving original score and songs, using both traditional instruments and cardboard box percussion. The show was performed in mac’s main theatre to a public audience and at Mencap’s national conference.

Listen to some of the music produced in our SEND ensembles work here and here.

Move, Feel the Groove, original music created by young people who attend The Meadows Youth Club in Sandwell - listen here

You can also listen to the mini-album by Whizz Kidz here.


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