Beatboxing for Muscular Dystrophy

Four pupils in Poole, aged 13-19, took part in an online ‘Beatboxing for Lung Health’ project in the summer of 2020 with Live Music Now musician Dean Yhnell. As part of our 45th birthday celebrations in 2022, we’re looking back over the stories that demonstrate the transformative power of live music. This time, Beatboxing for […]

Eleanor & Ethan: Music as Medicine at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Eleanor and patient

“When I first met Ethan he wasn’t enthusiastic about music, was quite closed and I was told that his mood had been low.” Music as Medicine is a partnership project with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, delivering participatory music sessions for long term patients. The aim is to improve patients’ quality of life and musical skills during […]

Remote song-writing with Combe Pafford School

  Combe Pafford is a special school in Torquay catering for pupils aged 8-19 with moderate learning difficulties and autism spectrum conditions. They hosted LMN’s last pre-pandemic live concert, in March 2020 and after the concert we talked about projects we might like to explore together once the COVID-related disruptions were over. The music coordinator, […]

Livestream Live Music Now concerts to groups of schools & music hubs

In non-pandemic times, Live Music Now South West organises regular concert tours to a group of special schools in Devon and Torbay, working with the local music hub. Although schools were fully open during the Autumn term of 2020, we hadn’t been able to organise any in-person performances: many schools were closed to external visitors, […]

A new programme of online music sessions for families

Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, many families with disabled children said they felt isolated and overlooked, with reduced access to vital services and opportunities for social interaction.  In response, the LMN Wales team set up an ambitious new online music programme providing bespoke sessions for children with additional learning needs and/or mental health needs and their […]

Beatboxing for Lung Health

Four pupils in Poole, aged 13-19, took part in an online ‘Beatboxing for Lung Health’ project this summer with Live Music Now musician Dean Yhnell. The project was initiated by Jane Lindenberg from Victoria Education Centre in Poole, a school LMN South West works with regularly. Jane completed a Live Music Now questionnaire asking what […]

Moving Online – classroom music sessions for special schools

Live Music Now musicians work with special schools across the UK delivering concerts and classroom music sessions. With restricted access to schools, we have started to deliver some of our music sessions online. Paul Exton-McGuinness, trombonist and specialist music leader, is Musician in Residence at Newlands School and one of the first LMN musicians to transfer […]

Switch Music at Seamer and Irton CP School in Scarborough

Live Music Now musicians have led a song writing project at Seamer and Irton primary in Scarborough, working with 120 children to record and perform their own original compositions. Switch Songwriting, delivered in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council, NYCC Music Hub and NYMAZ creates opportunities for young people who are often unable to access […]

Live Music Now at Kingfisher Special School

Alex, aged 9, has profound and multiple learning disabilities which make it difficult for him to communicate. He also lives with chronic pain. This was Alex’s third music session with LMN musician Caroline. Just before the session started, Alex was unsettled and crying out, but when Caroline started to play, he immediately ‘stilled’ and started […]

Musical Mentoring at Alder Hey Hospital

Case Study: Musical Mentoring at Alder Hey Hospital Musical Mentoring is a partnership project with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool that aims to inspire and develop children and young people who are long term patients through music making, whilst simultaneously improving the experience of being in hospital.  Launched in March 2015 with funding from […]

A music residency in an Edinburgh early years centre

Scottish Book Trust believes babies are born musical; after all, the first sound a baby hears is its mother’s heartbeat. Live Music Now Scotland has teamed up with Scottish Book Trust to work on their ongoing Bookbug programme, designed to explore the links between music and language development. Scottish Book Trust invited musician Marianne Fraser […]