Musically inclusive practice ensures that all children and young people who want to can make music. We believe that challenging circumstances faced by young people shouldn't be barriers to music-making, and that everyone should be able to benefit from the personal and social (as well as musical) outcomes that music-making brings. True inclusivity can only happen in music education if there are opportunities for all children and young people to be supported as musicians across all genres and styles, by practitioners who understand their needs and worldviews and who are equipped to help them on their individual learning journeys
Youth Music the national children's charity focusing on young people in challenging circumstances, says that a musically inclusive project, hub or school :
- identifies and works to break down any barriers to music-making that young people face
- puts the voices of children and young people at the heart of work which is relevant to their needs and interests
- places emphasis on young people’s self-expression and musical creativity
- supports a diversity of high-quality music-making across a wide range of genres and musical activities
- actively works to create understanding among all those involved in music education of the different approaches to teaching and learning
- does all this through all areas of its work: making inclusion a central factor in funding and resource allocation; strategy and planning; programming/curriculum; staffing and professional development.
The musical inclusion work of the Hub is led by The Music Works (previously Gloucestershire Music Makers) which is a charity that transforms lives with music. They specialise in supporting vulnerable groups and those not already engaged in music-making such as children in care, at risk of offending, those with special educational needs (SEN), those in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) etc, as well as vulnerable adults.