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Musical Playfulness for Pupils with PMLD

  • 24th April 2024
  • 4pm - 5.15pm
  • Online (Zoom)

As part of our New Directions in Inclusive Music series with MEHEM Uprising, This webinar introduces practitioners to the Musical Play Framework and using it with pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

New Directions in Inclusive Music

Making music with pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities is a specialist skill, requiring practitioners to radically rethink their approaches to communication, lesson design and evaluation.

This webinar introduces practitioners to the Musical Play Framework: a new, evidence-based approach to teacher/pupil interaction that offers meaningful musical opportunities for pupils with PMLD. Rosie Rushton will introduce the framework, sharing practical activities as well as research evidence that demonstrates its impact.

The Framework has had a significant impact in special education schools in the East Midlands and we are excited to share it with colleagues across the country. The webinar is suitable for practitioners who work with or want to work with pupils with PMLD, and all those developing provision for this cohort.

New Directions in Inclusive Music series

This session is part of our New Directions in Inclusive Music series with MEHEM Uprising!, forming part of our Talk Into Action offer. Check out the full series below:

31st January: Inclusive Instrumental Teaching & Accessible Ensembles
28th February: Accessible Instruments & Music Hubs: Finding the ‘on’ switch
20th March: Inclusion Leads & Music Development Plans: Specialist approaches for specialist settings
24th April: Musical Playfulness for Pupils with PMLD


This event is free for Music Mark Members. Non-Members will be charged £20+vat for access to all 4 sessions in the series.

About Rosie:

Rosie Rushton is a researcher, and music facilitator based in the West Midlands, where she has established herself as a specialist in music provision for individuals with learning disabilities. Rosie collaborates nationally in projects with schools, charities, and communities to devise,

facilitate and evaluate accessible and meaningful musical experiences. Her research interests include; profound and complex disabilities (PMLD), music education, musical play, music and inclusivity. Rosie’s PhD focussed on developing the Musical Play Framework, alongside people with profound disabilities, their families and supporting staff. Rosie’s practical experiences continue to inform, motivate, and inspire her research.


  • Technology: Zoom
  • Captioning: AI-Generated
  • Breakout rooms: TBC

If you would like to request presentation slides, questions and provocations in advance of the session, please get in touch with Speakers may decline sharing this information on the basis of protecting their intellectual property or for other reasons and we cannot therefore guarantee availability for all events.

For more information on Music Mark’s commitment to creating inclusive web experiences please read our accessibility statement.

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Members can sign up for this event via the ‘Members Ticket’ button below.

Non-Member? You can still sign up to join us for the full New Directions in Inclusive Music series.

Non-Member Tickets Link

If you are from a non-member school in the East Midlands area, please contact for details on how to access this series for free.

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About the Provider

Music Mark

We are a membership organisation, Subject Association, and an Arts Council England Investment Principles Support Organisation (IPSO) advocating for excellent musical learning in and out of school.