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Community Music Practice: Working with Disabled People and Young People with Special Educational Needs

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm BST

£95
Goldsmiths course

Community Music is a term used to describe an approach to music that is inclusive and participatory. This can operate both therapeutically and educationally, but as a field has its own rich history and culture. This course focuses on working with Disabled People and young people with Special Educational needs. We’ll explore some of the disabling barriers these groups face, as well as physical, cognitive and learning challenges, and how creative and participatory music sessions can benefit them.

Community Musicians work with both young and older people who face a wide range of life challenges – using music as an effective tool to combat illness, disability, isolation, education difficulties, behavioural problems, offending and many more issues. Taking part in meaningful group activities is increasingly evidenced as a positive and productive way to overcome such challenges. This workshop investigates how to best facilitate meaningful and effective music experiences for Disabled People and young people with Special Educational needs. This includes those who experience:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Autism/Asperger’s
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Cognitive and sensory difficulties
  • Mental health needs

Community Music Practice can take many forms – singing in a choir, making beats on a computer, improvising as a group, exploring technology as a means to self-expression, songwriting, soundscape work and more. Each different way of engaging with music can have personal, social and collective benefits. To gain the greatest benefit Community Music interactions need to be led by people with a range of musical, communication and other skills, as well as an understanding of the context , and the people you are working with. This workshop will enable you to develop your own skill set, as well as providing a range of activity tools that can facilitate Disabled People and young people with Special Educational needs who face challenging circumstances to engage in creative and participatory music activities.

This course is ideal for you if you are:

  • youth worker who would like to develop this skillset
  • music leader already practising in the field
  • music service tutor
  • music teacher
  • musician who would like to explore this field
  • teaching assistant
  • a teaching assistant or teacher working in a Care environment
  • parent/carer

No formal skill level is required but to gain the most out of this workshop, we would expect you to possess a good level of either formal or informal music experience.

Why study this course?

  • You will take part in a range of exciting and engaging music making activities that you can take into your own practice.
  • You will have a chance to develop your own musical leadership skills in a safe supported environment.
  • You will learn about some of the physical, cognitive and learning challenges that young people may face, what defines some of these conditions, how they impact on young people.
  • You’ll learn how to plan and deliver creative music sessions to bring maximum benefits to participants regardless of their abilities.
  • We will explore how we can measure the effectiveness of musical interactions in order to maximise their benefits and enable sustained work.

After taking this course you may be interested in the second part of our Community Music Practice series: Community Music Practice: Reaching Out to Young People

Booking information

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. Please be advised that in order to provide an assessment and plan appropriate support we require as much notice as possible and, in some circumstances, up to 3 months. If you are planning to book, or have already booked, onto a short course please contact Goldsmiths Disability Team (disability@gold.ac.uk) at your earliest convenience.

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable.

Enquiries

If you have any questions about this course please contact stacs (@gold.ac.uk) .

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Location

Richard Hoggart Building

Tutor information

 

Graham Dowdall

Graham is a highly experienced Musician, Community Musician and Trainer with a portfolio career that includes performing across the globe, running face to face workshops with young people, training others to do so and teaching at Goldsmiths. After studying Music Workshop Skills at Goldsmiths in the early nineties Graham has become one of the leading practitioners in the UK Community Music scene. He is a specialist in working with young people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and so-called hard to reach young people. He regularly runs training in these areas for numerous Music Hubs as well as organisations like Sound ConnectionsDrake MusicLive Music Now and many more. He is also a board member of Soundsense (the national organisation for Community Music) and regularly presents at conferences in the field.

Venue

Richard Hoggart Building
Goldsmiths College
New Cross, London SE14 6NW United Kingdom
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