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Vibration, Sensation and Improvisation: Music-making for Pupils with Complex Needs

A whole day, in-person training event for classroom teachers and TAs working with pupils with PMLD

uprising web logoAfter our sell-out event last year, we are very pleased to welcome back PMLD specialist Rosie Rushton to lead a day of sharing research-based best practice for making music with pupils with complex needs.

"Very well structured, completely aimed at the cohort rather than being adapted to fit the cohort, sparked lots of ideas to try and the research behind gives weight to the ideas when taking them back to my provision."

"Rosie’s insight and knowledge backed up with practice and evidence was just incredible...  The idea of Playfulness was just so new and freeing I am excited to get cracking! The IPad use was also very useful, something that is such a necessity in using making with PMLD."

"I learnt so many different ways to interact with PMLD students by understanding more depth about their cognitive ability.  Superb practical music making underpinned with solid theory."

What will be included?

  • Listening, sensing and being
    Explore how pupils with PMLD experience their musical world
  • Space to sing
    Learn how to support pupils with PMLD to vocalise and sing
  • Musical play
    Experience Rosie's research-based approach to music-making in group PMLD settings
  • Assessment and development frameworks
    Share a variety of methods to plan and assess progress

About the trainer: Rosie Rushton

The training with be led by researcher and practitioner Rosie Rushton. Rosie is a researcher and music facilitator based in the West Midlands, where she has established herself as a specialist in music provision for individuals with learning disabilities.

Rosie collaborates nationally in projects with schools, charities and communities in order to devise, facilitate and evaluate accessible and meaningful musical experiences. She is director of the charity Melody and Co-Director and founder of the Community Interest Company Big Top Musical Adventures.

Shortlisted for the National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN) Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award (2018) Rosie’s practical experiences continue to inform, motivate and inspire her research interests.


Event details

  • Tuesday 12 March, 9.30am–4.00pm
    Beaumanor Hall, Loughborough LE12 8TX
  • This training is supported by MEHEM and is free and open by all across the UK. It is targeted at classroom teachers and TAs that work with pupils with PMLD.
  • A hot lunch is included
Book your place now!