Count Me In! - Making Music More Inclusive

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A video showing the personal and musical impact of the Open School Orchestra (OSO) project at Pencalenick Special School. Alongside music from the students, an interview with headteacher, Helen Campbell, shows how a group of students with special needs and autism with significant communication issues came together and found their voices through music, both individually and collectively. This film charts their journey over the 9-month project, and shows some of the music they produced.

At the end of our first year of Open School Orchestras (OSO) in Cornwall, we've been thinking about next steps, and how to create progression routes for young SEN/D musicians. We created a short pilot project to explore the idea of inviting mainstream musicians to join the OSO in creative music workshops - integration following on from inclusion work. The short films below show the final performance, and discussion around how to build on the pilot, creating pathways through creative ensembles for those wanting to take their music further, beyond the classroom.

The Open School Orchestra (OSO) programme has been well-thought-out, having been developed by OpenUp Music over many years. There are aspects to this which mean it has sustainability and ongoing development built in from the start. Having worked on some inclusion projects where lots of good work happens, but it fizzles out in the setting after the end of the project, it's worth noting and learning from how the OSO format increases the chances for sustainability.

The film below gives an idea of the impact that the Open School Orchestra project has had in Cornwall. It has been a turning point in raising aspirations for the participants, the schools, and for what young disabled musicians in Cornwall can achieve, by giving their music a platform on Cornwall's biggest stage in front of an audience of almost 1,000.

As we reach the end of the first year of Open School Orchestras in Cornwall, its time for some reflection on the journey so far. The project has seen the first Open School Orchestras (OSO) start in Cornwall for young people with special educational needs or disabilities. The short film below gives some insight into the effect the project has had on one individual - a remarkable musician with autism who has found a voice through music.

Would you like to work with Cymaz Music to develop proactive methods to support schools and setting across Cornwall to make sure that Music Education is as Inclusive as possible?

Here is the presentation that Hester Cockroft delivered at Count Me In! For further information about the work that Awards for Young Musicians has been developing, please contact Hester.

Opening presentation about Musical Inclusion, what it means and what are we doing in Cornwall to work towards Musical Inclusion alongside the Cornwall Music Education Hub.

CYMAZ Music is launching a Female Music Leader Network in Cornwall with the first event taking place this Friday 14th March.

This is a group for those working in or involved in Music Education in Cornwall. This online resource supports our aspirations to make sure that Music Education can be as inclusive as possible.

We want to encourage the sharing of resources and practice to help embed Inclusion and raise the overall quality and consistency of Music Education.

Many of the notes, presentations and resources from the Count Me In! conference held on 15th April 2015 can be accessed in this group. 

This is a group for those working in or involved in Music Education in Cornwall. This online resource supports our aspirations to make sure that Music Education can be as inclusive as possible.

We want to encourage the sharing of resources and practice to help embed Inclusion and raise the overall quality and consistency of Music Education.

Many of the notes, presentations and resources from the Count Me In! conference held on 15th April 2015 can be accessed in this group. 

Track the progress of our work through this group and contribute your own thoughts, experiences and tips.

Musical Inclusion is about shifting our perspectives, about challenging our beliefs and above all about making sure that children and young people get the very best offer, led by the very best and highly skilled Music Educators. 

Cymaz Music is part of the Cornwall Music Education Hub. Click here for more information about the Hub.

 

 

 

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