Training courses

Our popular course – Making Music with Special Children  –  will help you to find out how music can help you to communicate with children who have special needs or disabilities.

Who is the course for?

The course is open to anyone working with children who have additional needs, complex needs, or life-shortening illness: whether you’re a musical novice or have some experience you will go away with plenty of ideas and techniques to put into practice in your work. We aim to give you the skills and confidence to make music with children. If you are a very accomplished musician this may not be the course for you, though previous participants wishing to expand their practice to work with children with special needs have found it enlightening. For those working in settings without a music specialist this support will be especially needed, but even where there is a trained musician to hand your new-found skills will prove invaluable.

Please note that this course is now fully booked, but if you’d like to go on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please email us.

What will the course cover?

  • Exploring musical instruments
  • Working with pulse and rhythm
  • Singing
  • Using iPads for music
  • Approaches to working one-to-one
  • Working with groups

Our tutors

Mark Withers is a clarinettist and creative project leader for orchestras and other organisations around Europe, delivering music projects for children with a wide range of needs, and training those who work with them. He is joined by music therapists working in children’s hospices: Vicky Kammin  and Cathy Ibberson.

Where and when?

Our next course will be delivered online, with a limited number of participants, so that interaction can be as good as in our pre-Covid face-to-face courses. The course will be in two parts, separated by two weeks. Between the two parts, all participants will be offered one 30-40 minute tutorial session with each of the three tutors. These tutorials, which will be very informal, will be tailored to meet the needs of the two participants attending each session.

Wednesday 23 June, 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 7 July, 3.30pm – 6.30pm

Booking information

Please fill in the booking form at the bottom of this page in good time before the booking deadline, which is 18 June. We advise early booking: places are limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All previous courses have been oversubscribed. We will let you know if you have a place shortly after receiving your application


Jessie’s Fund is able to subsidise the course thanks to a grant from a charitable foundation. Your contribution for the whole course is £25: for two three hour sessions plus three tutorials with experts that’s unbelievable value for money! Once we have confirmed your place we will send you options for how to pay.


If you need to cancel your booking one of your colleagues may like to take your place, in which case please inform us of the change. It is important that you let us know as soon as possible if you cannot take up your place, as we expect there to be a waiting list. A refund can only be offered for cancellations made before 18th June.

Please note that this course is now fully booked, so do not submit the booking form. If you’d like to go on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please email us.

Booking form

    Which course are you booking on?

    Tell us a bit about your musical experience

    Tell us about any particular aims you have in attending the course?