Making Music with Special Children

Training day - participants chatting

Our popular courses are packed with practical music-making ideas for people working with children who have complex needs. We have a proven track record in designing hands-on, stimulating and enjoyable training for those working with children who have serious illness, learning difficulties, or disabilities. Learn about inclusive musical activities for children who have wide-ranging abilities/disabilities rather than focusing on any specific diagnoses.

The course is suitable for people with no formal musical training and also for those who have some experience: whatever level you’re at, you will go away with plenty of ideas to put into practice in your work, and also with a CPD certificate. If you are a very experienced musician you may want to have a chat with us before booking a place, just to check that the course will provide you with what you are looking for.

Our next courses will be a blend of online and in-person sessions, in early 2022. If you would like to receive information about them, please sign up to our ‘Resources and information for staff and carers’ newsletter here. We only send out occasional mailings, so you won’t be bombarded with emails.

‘Very inspiring and it’s given me lots of new ideas. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity. I have learnt so much and already gained confidence.’

Training in Special Schools

Training day - playing guitar

All our schools projects include an element of training, but we also offer dedicated training workshops to staff in schools for children with special needs. Typical topics covered are:

• exploring musical instruments
• working with iPads
• working with pulse and rhythm
• song-writing
• musical conversations

We also have free training videos on various topics available on our YouTube channel here.


Definitely the best training course I’ve been on. Loads of relevant useful info and tips, friendly and knowledgeable tutors and a great atmosphere.

Instrumental tutor training

Training day - Instrumental tutor training

We encourage instrumental tutors to increase their musical skills so that they can work with children who have special needs, broadening their expertise beyond their own specialisms. We can work with music education hubs or other organisations to deliver one-day training courses tailored to your needs.


The activities were amazing – 30 years in the business, and I was totally enthralled. I think you captured the interest and emotion of many of our staff and hopefully this can now grow and be sustainable.