Children, Young People & Special Educational Needs

A child strums her fingers against a harp. Another dances with glee to the rhythms of a jazz trio. Others listen to a flute melody with their eyes shut. All are memorable ways in which children and young people engage during LMN music sessions.

It's important that all children have access to high quality musical experiences. Not only is it an enjoyable experience, but taking part in regular music-making has been proven to make a major contribution to children's learning, social and personal development in areas including

  • Exploring and expressing feelings non-verbally, developing conversational skills.
  • Improving mood; developing life skills such as turn-taking, collaborating, teamwork; increasing social interaction and self-confidence.
  • Improving concentration, memory and developing creativity.
  • Encouraging intentional movement, developing motor skills.
For children and young people with SEN and disabilities, the benefits are heightened, transcending barriers to communication by offering a unique means of self-expression and engagement.

Live Music Now is one of the few music organisations to offer bespoke activities for children and young people whose access to live music is restricted due to special needs or challenging circumstances. Each year, our musicians deliver hundreds of performances and workshops throughout the UK, bringing joy and inspiration to thousands of children and young people. For many of them, it will have been their first experience of live music.

Who do we work with?

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Children in Challenging Circumstances including Looked After Children

Early Years (0-5s)

The drummers were wicked, they sounded like thunder

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about our work with Children, young people & SEN, please contact:

Karen Irwin, Strategic Director: SEN
T: 020 7014 2829
E: send@livemusicnow.org