Connecting with Music in the SEND Classroom

CPD workshop teachers lifting rope together
CPD workshop--teachers lifting rope to show the musical phrase

The second in a series of workshops exploring ways to work musically with pupils with SEND.  This workshop will take place in autumn term 2021.

A practical online workshop for sharing ideas to support musical class learning for those with SEND, with a focus on autistic pupils who have complex communication needs.  This workshop will provide practical ideas for songs and appropriate resources.  The panel will also draw on their experiences teaching and using musical communication to reach pupils, relating to SCERTS, Kodaly techniques and the Sounds of Intent framework.


Ros Huntley, founder of Leeds STARS team and specialist teacher in Essex
Jenny Winterburn from Kingsland, Wakefield
Amy Nokes, from Kingsland, Wakefield
Diane Paterson from YAMSEN and ArtForms, Leeds
Joanna Winster from YAMSEN and ArtForms, Leeds
Marie Fellowes from ArtForms

More information and registration options will be released in September.

What marks out, and makes the training that YAMSEN:SpeciallyMusic offers so special is that we offer in-house, home delivered training and we also bring in outside specialists.

We started with Jan Holdstock and Mavis West, who brought out their Earwiggo books.  These weren't just written, published and sold, but they were presented, explained and tried out at training sessions.

Moving on, Victoria Jaquiss and Diane Paterson wrote and published Including SEN in The Curriculum Music (2004).  This was a book published by David Fultons, and the second edition (2017) came out as Addressing SEND in the Curriculum: Music (published Routledge).  This book is aimed at mainstream music teachers who find they have to include students with specific additional needs, and Diane and Victoria regularly present methodologies and activities from it.

Separately, Victoria devised her Foxwood Song Sheets and Diane created Earwiggo Barging, and members can get an understanding of how these work before committing to buying them.

Besides workshops linked to publications, many members have demonstrated ideas that they have created themselves, such as the tray of selected chime bars that Laura brought many years ago.  We have watched Joanna present how the Soundbeam makes music based on movement, tried out iPads with Phil, Jackie & Kate, and samba with Bart.

Workshops from outside agencies include examining and learning how to use Sounds of Intent with Adam Ockelford, a session on djembes with Ray Payne, on ocarinas with David and Crista Liggins, Bamboo Tamboo with Chris Greer, and Sue Nicholls showed us ways of learning from her books.

Training workshops during the COVID crisis have moved entirely online.  However, we look forward to being able to meet up again in person with all our instruments and props when possible.

YAMSEN:SpeciallyMusic organises workshops and training days for staff and interested people who are looking for new, different and better ways of teaching and interacting with people with additional needs.

Earwiggo Barging Book launch Workshop at Wiiliam Merritt centre

YAMSEN:SpeciallyMusic members pay a discounted entry fee for our workshops.

Please also see the articles and Twitter feed below to find out about upcoming training and workshops provided or recommended by our members.

bamboo tamboo training

Training recommended by YAMSEN friends

NYMAZ are hosting an SEND CPD Gathering from 22nd-26th March.

We are pleased to announce our annual SEND Gathering will be delivered online this year and will be jampacked with inspiring CPD workshops from 22-26 March from 1pm to 7pm daily.

Relevant to those who work with early years in SEND settings, come along to our a week-long CPD extravaganza to develop and share best practice with SEND music specialists.

Open to all, this programme of practical workshops, interactive panel discussions and presentations will explore best practice when working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Workshops include:

  • Developing Inclusive Ensembles, DaDa Fest

Explore ways to engage and deliver ensemble work in a variety of settings.

  • Developing Confidence in Singing, Beccy Owen

Aimed specifically at practitioners, this session will grow your confidence in singing and using song within your music sessions in SEND settings/contexts.

  • Body Percussion, Sarah Fisher

Learn how to communicate using body percussion and develop participants’ skills and fun within your music sessions.

  • Youth Voice and SEND, Sound Connections

To secure your place book by the 20 March, click here.

Goldsmiths offers Community Music Practice Short Courses

Goldsmiths has a  long history of providing training in Community Music, going back thirty years and building on this we are offering another series of four Community Music Practice Short Courses. These are aimed at those who might want to get into the field, those already practising who want to upskill and reflect and anyone interested in using music for personal social and musical outcomes. All course are spread over two Saturdays online.

First up is -

Introduction to Community Music Practice - March 13th and 20th 11am til 1pm UK time online via Zoom.

followed by

Music & Dementia - March 27th & April 3rd 11am til 1pm


Music with Disabled People and Young People with SEN - April 10th & 17th 11am til 1

and finally

Reaching Out to Young People with Music - May 1st & 8th 11am til 1pm

Sage Gateshead hosts MC2 (Mini Conferences)

MC2 (Mini Conference) is a multifaceted learning opportunity made up a keynote, two workshops and a roundtable session. MC2 are practical in focus, with a range of different insights shared by Music Leaders, experts and organisations who will discuss different barriers or solutions in relation to effective delivery of inclusive music education.

Music Leaders will get the opportunity to network, develop knowledge and skills in relation to inclusive music education.

The next mini conference on 26th March 2021 is on Youth Voice in Inclusive Music Education.  Click here to read more.