Panel Discussion: Inclusive approaches to instrumental music teaching

13:30 - 14:15

Recent research led by Creative United, in partnership with leading access to music organisations (The OHMI Trust, Drake Music, Youth Music and Open Up Music), found that a major barrier to participation is the lack of knowledge among both parents and educationalists about adapted instruments and assistive equipment and technologies.  

Virtually all standard musical instruments require two highly-dexterous hands to play and hold them, and so without the right enabling equipment and/or adaptations many children are being unnecessarily excluded.

This session takes the form of a panel discussion, featuring a range of musicians and educators who will examine the role of adaptive musical instruments and playing methodologies in inclusive accessible music learning in the classroom and beyond:

  • Mary-Alice Stack: Chief executive of Creative United, chairing
  • Tom Doughty: disabled musician, lap slide guitarist
  • Rachel Wolffson: General manager of The OHMI Trust
  • Plus two teachers from Nottingham who are working with Creative United and The OHMI Trust to increase accessibility 
Learning Objectives
  • Understand the range of reasons why a player might require an adaptive instrument or playing technique
  • Understand some of the ways in which instruments and/or playing techniques can be adapted
  • Know where to source adaptive instruments for players who need them
  • See the benefits of including adaptive instruments and techniques in Whole Class Ensemble Tuition, and feel more confident about managing this in practice
  • See the longterm potential and understand the case for an inclusive approach to First Access.
Suitable for Key Stages 1 to 5.

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Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive, Creative United

Rachel Wolffsohn, General Manager, The OHMI Trust

Tom Doughty, Lap slide guitarist, Creative United

Ian Burton, Chief Executive, Nottingham Music Hub