Taking part in music on a regular basis supports children’s development of social, personal, emotional and cognitive skills. For children with additional learning needs, this offers significant benefits for their wellbeing, for their self-expression and confidence.
However, across the UK, music education in schools is often inconsistent as not all schools have a specialist music teacher. Added to this, access requirements and financial barriers can make it difficult for disabled children and young people to access live music in public venues. This means that children are being placed at a structural disadvantage in a field which would benefit them most.
What we do
Live Music Now believes that every child should have access to good music education. Through collaborating with schools on participatory concerts and residencies, we’re able to bring musicians face-to-face with audiences for whom they can make a real difference.
Live Music Now musicians are inclusive music leaders, trained to adapt quickly to children’s needs. Liberated from strict roles of performer and audience, concerts become participatory in nature, with children encouraged to join in (though they often need no encouragement!) by singing, conducting, call-and-response and through musical games. Our 45-60 minute concerts are highly sensory experiences, with musicians engaging with children individually to demonstrate the instruments, their sounds and their vibrations.
“I have enjoyed having fun with everyone and playing musical instruments I have never heard before.”
– child participant
Click the button below to explore our schools programme for 2021-2022.
Our online offering
Click the button below to explore our online library of participatory concerts for schools to bring Live Music Now performances directly into the classroom or home. Videos are 15-30 minutes in length.
Running from six weeks to over a year in length, residencies provide children with a longer opportunity to build trust with musicians and work to enhance their social and emotional skills through music. Live Music Now supports teaching staff in taking an active role in delivering the residencies, building their confidence and adding skills to their teaching toolkit. Sessions are led by what children in the room respond to best, and our musicians are highly sensitive to their needs and flexible to allow for on-the-spot tailoring of musical activities.
Residencies tend to follow a general structure of providing children the opportunity to listen to musical performance and exploring instruments and musical ideas, before working as a group to make brand new music, then perform and recording it.
"Communication through musical activities is at the heart of what the LMN residency brought to school."
Live Music Now musicians are inclusive music leaders, trained to adapt quickly to children’s needs and responses. Liberated from strict roles of performer and audience, concerts become participatory in nature, with children and young people encouraged to join in (though they often need no encouragement!) by singing, conducting, call-and-response and through musical games. Our 45-60 minute concerts are highly sensory experiences, with musicians engaging with children individually to demonstrate the instruments, their sounds and their vibrations.
Concerts are joyful occasions which lift participants’ moods and bring the music curriculum to life.
Participating in music encourages disabled children and young people to become more engaged in learning, builds focus and concentration and provides them with new ways to express themselves. This, in turn, builds confidence and self-esteem, paving the way for a lifelong enjoyment of music and the benefits it brings with it.
Concerts and residencies build teachers’ confidence in using music in the classroom and in supporting children to develop their own musical skills.
Sessions help build music into the culture of a school, cementing it as an important activity for children. It embeds joy into the curriculum, all the while enhancing children’s core life skills, allowing them to reap the benefits for life.
95% of schools scored children’s level of engagement as higher
"An incredible opportunity for our children to really engage with music, express themselves and contribute their own ideas."
We offer activities for families too:
Including Me – an online participatory music programme for families with children experiencing social isolation or difficult times.
All Together Now – fun and inclusive music sessions for disabled children and their families.
Lullaby Project – working with individual caregivers to write unique lullabies for their children.