I work with a wide range of instruments and voice to provide specialist support to people with additional needs who want to learn to play or sing. My approach uses musical improvisation as a basis to teach instrumental technique and my research is centered on pedagogy in this area. My practice is entirely student led and tailored to the individual needs and musical preferences of each client. Musical exploration and confidence building are at the centre of my work.
I am experienced in working with developing musicians with a wide range of additional requirements including special educational needs, emotional and behavioural difficulties, disabilities, aural and visual impairments and mental health challenges. I am currently a freelance practitioner in specialist Autism schools and secure educational settings and have ongoing success in working with non-verbal clients across a range of age groups. I have previously worked on behalf of Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service and within the penal system.
All sessions are offered weekly on a 1:1 basis and include termly and interim reporting. I am able to work within a multi-disciplinary team to support the client's wider educational and social needs. I attend a variety of settings each week and an online private practice for referrals.
I design and deliver music projects for people of all ages with additional needs. Working with traditional instruments, music technology, and increasingly, both in combination, I am able to provide enriching and accessible creative experiences to groups of all ages.
Projects can be designed with an educational or receational focus, using known repertoire or composing/ recording new material. I am currently working on a composition and performance project with young people in Nottinghamshire for Inspire Culture and The Able Orchestra.
I am trained in drum circle facilitation and as a workshop leader by Musicians Without Borders (Amsterdam 2018), in community music practice and improvisation which all feed in to my skillset. I aim to create a safe space in which participants can explore instruments with support, have autonomy over the creative process and reflect on their achievments.
I am trained in accessible music making using iPad music apps and am available as a consultant for inclusive music making for non-specialist teaching staff in educational settings.