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Inclusive Practitioner CPD Training – Musical Development and Disability

  • 17 January 2024
  • 9:30
  • Beacon Music Centre, Stanton Road, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5SJ

After this session you should leave with a practical toolkit consisting of approaches, practical ideas and a recourse library that you can use moving forward in a range of settings.

A practical and discussion-based session exploring the diverse ways that musical development can take place when working with young people with physical impairments, sensory impairments, learning difficulties, learning disabilities and how to support this in varied settings including classrooms, community groups, workshops and 1:1’s.

From attending this training session, participants will get the opportunity to:

  • Network with other teachers, practitioners, music leaders and community musicians from across the sector
  • Engage with case studies submitted by experienced facilitators, music therapists and tutors.
  • Learn about the different types of disabilities/impairments that participants may encounter in varied settings.
  • Discover practical ways of supporting young people with SEN/D in specialist and mainstream settings.
  • Learn the emotional, physical, and cognitive benefits of bringing music making activities into mainstream and SEN/D specialist settings.
  • Explore assistive music technology and adapted musical instruments with the aim to engage all young people within music making sessions.
About Our Facilitators

Alex Lupo
Alex Lupo has over twenty years of experience as a music leader, performer, composer and producer. As a music leader he has devised and led a huge range of projects from large scale ensemble projects to staff training and curriculum development in a range of settings working with physically and learning disabled people.

Over the years he has come to specialise in working with Assistive Music Technology with young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties. More recently, Alex has expanded his career to include music therapy, completing an MA in music therapy at the University of West England in 2015. His work as a therapist is also focused on learning disabled young people.

Ben Sellers
Ben is a teacher, trainer and writer. His work is focused on future technologies and improving access to high-quality creative opportunities for disabled young people and those with additional learning needs.

He works with music hubs, orchestras and arts organisations worldwide to embed inclusive practice and champion innovation.

Attend this event

This training session is for music educators, including classroom teachers, community musicians, music workshop leaders, peripatetic teachers and those thinking of starting out as a music leader/facilitator.

Discounted rates apply for individuals and freelancers.

Individuals and Freelancers: £30
Organisations: £40


Limited free places are available for those who experience barriers accessing workshops or education. This can be people who are experiencing financial difficulties or who identify as disabled.

Please contact for more information or to find out how to apply for a free place.

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