Nevis Ensemble: Additional Support Needs Training Programme

January – February 2021

Cost of participation: £500 per participant.

Places will be limited to five participants to allow for maximum benefit to individuals.

This short course is designed for experienced musicians within Nevis Ensemble who wish to expand their knowledge in working with children and young people with Additional Support Needs (ASN), and create professional links within the youth arts.

Introduction to Child Protection and Safeguarding

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Location: Online

This online session will cover the fundaments of Child Protection and Safeguarding, exploring the responsibilities that tutors and facilitators have when delivering projects and workshops. This will include considerations to be made when working online.

Additional Support Needs (ASN): An Introduction

Date: January 25, 2021

Time: 09:00 - 13:00

Location: Online

This online session (led. by Dr. Rachel Drury) will explore the terms, definitions and contexts surrounding Additional Support Needs, as well as the issues musicians may face when delivering performances or projects for children/young people with additional support needs, and offer solutions and knowledge that can ensure that projects/workshops remain inclusive for all participating.

Rachel is a freelance musician and researcher working predominantly in the field of music education and psychology. She lecture at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and has delivered a number of creative projects for national arts organisations such as Scottish Opera, Children’s Classic Concerts, and Starcatchers.

Drake Music Scotland

Date: February 1, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Location: Online

This session, led by Drake Music Scotland Artistic Director Pete Sparks, will introduce musicians to Drake’s particular approach to music-making that puts disabled people at the heart of the process, using technology and and participant-centred approach to create musical opportunities for all.

After this session, musicians will have the opportunity to sit in and observe Drake Music Scotland sessions (likely online, but in-person if restrictions allow).

Drake Music Scotland is Scotland’s leading organisation providing musical opportunities for young people and adults with disabilities. Pete was appointed as Artistic Director in December 2009. As a freelance project leader he has led creative projects with many different participant groups for various organisations including: Drake Music Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Artlink Central, and Jessie’s Fund.

Leading Participatory Performances in ASN settings

Date: February 8, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Location: Online

This online session will give practical examples and experience of how to deliver performances in ASN settings that adapt material to the context and maintain participatory elements for a wide range of needs and abilities. In conjunction with Live Music Now Scotland, Claire Hastings will take musicians through exercises and offer her insight.

After this session, musicians will have the opportunity to sit in and observe Live Music Now Scotland a performance in an ASN setting (likely online, but in-person if restrictions allow).

Live Music Now Scotland delivers over 700 participatory performances each year around Scotland in settings for those generally unable to access high quality live music. Claire Hastings is one of LMNS’s experienced musicians, having led performances, workshops and projects in a wide variety of contexts including for children and young people with Additional Support Needs.

Figurenotes with Drake Music Scotland

Date: February 15, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 14:00

Location: Online

Figurenotes was created at the Resonaari school in Finland by music educators Kaarlo Uusitalo and Markku Kaikkonen. Initially designed to enable those with learning disabilities to play music, it has since developed into a tool to help anybody get started. Drake Music Scotland brought Figurenotes to the UK in 2010 and developed it further, creating software and printed resources. 

This half-day workshop will explore the basics of Figurenotes, giving musicians an insight into how the programme works, and how they might implement it in their work with children and young people who have Additional Support Needs.

Performance in ASN setting

Date: February 22, 2021

Musicians will give participatory performances in an ASN setting (Hampden School if restrictions allow) to use the skills learned over the previous weeks.

Before the performance they will have support creating a suitable programme for the age range and abilities they will work with. During the performance they will be observed by Claire Hastings, followed by a feedback and debrief on learning for future performances and workshops.