Last night I had the pleasure of representing St George’s Bristol at my first ever TeachMeet, facilitated by Drake Music and Bristol Music Education Partnership.


What is a TeachMeet?

A TeachMeet is an informal gathering where teachers, workshop leaders and musicians can share ideas, films and approaches to their particular subject area. It is also an invaluable opportunity for people to network and chat.

This event centred around good practice for empowering SEND young people to get involved in and progress with making music. And….it was FREE!

It was a great session exploring a wide variety of topics including;

The use of iPads as a creative tool for making music, exploring the apps that are available and how to make these products as accessible and inclusive as possible for all users

– The Inclusive Youth Orchestra. Barry Farrimond from the Muse Project talked to the group about his organisations work to establish the UK’s first three Accessible Youth Orchestras. This is an AMAZING project which hopefully over time, will result in the creation of a National level ensemble for SEND musicians equivalent to the likes of the NYO and NCO. For more information on this brilliant work click HERE

– Sound Therapy. This is something I had never heard of before. Distinct from Music therapy, sound therapy involves the therapeutic application of sound to promote wellbeing. For more information check out this article featured in The Guardian in 2008 or visit The College of Sound Healing’s Website to see who is conducting research in this area and why sitting with a purring cat on your knee may help you to feel better!

I would definitely advise local practitioners to keep their eyes peeled for the next session.