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Supporting music education in Wales’ Special School Provision

To support the We Are All Musical conference, we’ve curated a selection of resources and contacts to support inclusive music-making in Wales.

Free Resources to support inclusive music-making from Live Music Now

We are adding to these resources all the time so check back for new releases!

Free Resources from other organisations

  • Accessible Music Technology: guides and resources from Drake Music
  • Andy Piddock: Accessible education and electronic music videos
  • Amber Plus Free activity cards and resources to enable blind or partially sighted children and young children to engage with music
  • Little Amber Free activity cards and resources to enable blind or partially sighted babies and young children to engage with music
  • Jessie’s Fund Resources   Guides and resources for singing and song, writing music and learning with instruments
  • Social Model of Disability: Kris Halpin from Drake Music revisits the Social Model of Disability in this 10 minute refresher video
  • Sounds of Intent  A framework to support and assess musical development of children and young people with learning difficulties.
  • Soundabout Parent and Carers Resource  Music making ideas for families and carers
  • Sound Touch Online resource for teaching music to blind children
  • With Music in Mind  Free resource to enable blind or partially sighted children with neurodegenerative disease to engage with music by providing families and professionals with resources and ideas for music-making.

Conference Case Study Videos

Click on the individual film titles to watch! You can see all three films in the We Are All Musical conference You Tube playlist here:



Music Organisations supporting inclusive music education in Wales

  • Amber Trust Providing musical opportunities for blind and partially sighted children, and children with more complex needs
  • Anthem  Supporting young people in Wales to make, learn and celebrate music, and to experience the life-changing benefits that brings
  • Arts Active The Arts Active Trust offers access to arts through the provision and development of opportunities for participation, arts education, and arts in the community in Cardiff and the neighbouring regions.
  • Arts Council of Wales ACW Creative Learning Programme provides a broad range of experiences and projects under the creative learning umbrella. These are designed to ensure accessibility to learners from all backgrounds, and to place creativity at the heart of the curriculum.
  • BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales  The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales work within music education and inclusion alongside their public performances. An extensive music audio and visual resource featuring the full orchestra is available for pupils and teachers and has been circulated to every primary school and special school in Wales.  Contact: Beatrice Carey, Education Producer, [email protected]
  • Disability Arts Cymru The lead organisation for disability arts in Wales
  • Drake Music  A charity working across the UK in music, disability and technology, pioneering the use of accessible music technology for over 20 years to enable more people to make music.
  • Forget-Me-Not-Productions A high quality inclusive arts and assistive technology organisation based in south Wales and operating since 2002.
  • Jessie’s Fund A national charity helping children with serious illness, complex needs, and communication difficulties through the therapeutic use of music.
  • Live Music Now Wales A charity working and campaigning to deliver social impact through music.  Live Music Now musicians deliver concerts, workshops and residencies in special schools and ALN units across Wales.
  • Open Up Music  Opening up music to young disabled people through Open Orchestras and The National Open Youth Orchestra
  • OHMI Enabling people with physical disabilities to participate in music-making through the use of adapted instruments and supportive apparatus.
  • Touch Trust  A charity providing inclusive, creative, movement and multi- sensory sessions for adults and children with a variety of multi-sensory needs, learning disabilities and ASD.  Based inside the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, with purpose-built sensory rooms and hoisting equipment.
  • Visible Music Visible Music gives people of all ages and backgrounds access to music and sound production technology, working with mainstream, SEND, and NEET young people in schools and communities across South Wales.
  • Welsh National Opera WNO offers a range of resources to support teachers and educators, as well as singing, music and digital workshops in schools.  They visit partner schools each week delivering singing sessions to pupils as part of WNO Teach. Watch a short video about WNO Teach here.


  • Ockelford, A (2008): Music for Children and Young People with Complex Needs, OUP
  • Ockelford, A (2013): Music, Language and Autism, Exceptional Strategies for Exceptional Minds, London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Ockelford, A. (2017) Comparing Notes: How We Make Sense of Music, London: Profile Books.
  • Pied Piper: Musical Activities to Develop Basic Skills [Paperback] (2001)  John Bean (Author), Amelia Oldfield (Contributor)
  • Music for Special Kids: Musical Activities, Songs, Instruments and Resources [Paperback] Pamela Ott
  • No Need for Words: Special Needs in Music Education (2006)  Author(s): Anice Paterson & Sally Zimmermann


If you would like to add a resource or link to an organisation, please contact [email protected]