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Music twilight for SEND teachers


Organised by The Music Works, the next SEND music twilight sessions is being held on 31st January in Gloucester.  These sessions are open to music leads and others who teach students with SEND and could potentially make a significant difference to the accessibility and reach of music in your schools. 


If you you and/or your teaching colleagues would like to attend please reply to lholder@themusicworks.org.uk BY FRIDAY 13TH JANUARY at the latest.

Tuesday 31 January, 4.30 - 6.30pm at Milestone School, Gloucester
(other dates: Tues 28 Feb - presentations from Drake and Open Up SEND youth orchestras;  Tues 28 March, TeachMeet sharing practice - both at same time/venues)
Workshop session and tips from Charanga - see http://charanga.com/site/new-sendasl-section-charanga-musical-school/
Musical School is now being used by over 7,000 UK schools to provide specialist and non-specialist teachers with the music teaching skills and digital resources to offer all children and young people high quality, progressive music learning.
With the addition of this new SEND/ASL section, Musical School has the potential to equip all teachers working in an SEND/ASL setting with the skills and confidence to teach music.
At the heart of the Charanga SEND/ASL section is a Scheme of Work called ‘Anyone Can Play’ which was developed by the Music Unlimited team over several years of working in SEND/ASL settings. Charanga has adapted the Scheme into a simple-to-use digital programme with important new features while preserving the tried and tested core methodology.
This new SEND section in Musical School has been made possible through Charanga’'s involvement in the ambitious three-year ‘Bright Future for SEND Music in Greater Essex’ project (http://www.sendmusicgreateressex.com/) funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music and the Essex Cultural Development Fund (for work in Essex) with contributions from Charanga and a range of other national and local partners. Charanga spent time with teachers on the ground to identify and share good practice, and get an understanding of what's needed.
Mark Burke, Director of Charanga says: "It is beyond doubt that good music learning can have a profoundly positive effect on children and young people’s learning capabilities. For children with language difficulties, music can provide opportunities for non-verbal expression helping them communicate mood and emotions with greater freedom. Working towards exciting music performances can increase confidence and help to develop new skills as well as providing a way for pupils to explore their creativity."

"Ultimately, using Charanga'’s music education technology and drawing on a range of the most successful teaching approaches we feel we can enable many (hopefully all) SEND/ASL teachers regardless of their musical experience, to feel confident and knowledgeable enough to start or to do more music teaching in their schools. They'’ll be able to draw on a pool of shared best practice to ensure the quality of that teaching."

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