Making music with special children 2023

a women with white hair playing a djembe sat opposite a woman with dark hair wearing dungarees playing a round drum.

Our training course ‘making music with special children’ returned in November for two in-person days in both York and London. It was great to be able to have the time together to be practical and hands on, and have meaningful musical conversations across locations. Both groups fully embraced the opportunity to step away from their day-to-day work in children’s hospices, schools and hospital settings and to reflect on how they can use music in a variety of ways to help children with life-limiting illness and/or additional needs to express themselves.

We are grateful for the feedback from participants:

“Certainly one of the very best courses I have ever attended – truly transformative! Heartfelt thanks to Mark, Vicky and Becca – and to the participants” (Christopher, grandparent)

“My favourite aspect of the course was that it was completely practical and hands on. When making music, this is definitely the best way to learn. It was great finding new instruments that I hadn’t seen or heard of before and making a piece of music as a group with them. Although we didn’t know each other at the start of the course, or each other’s musical abilities, it was amazing that we could create a beautiful piece of music together.” (Leanne, Demelza Hospice)

We are already looking forward to doing it all again in 2024!