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Assistive Music Technology with Drake Music


25 Aug 2017

10:00am - 4:00pm

This is a hands-on introduction to accessible music-making, looking at how to use an iPad as a piece of assistive music technology in order to break down disabling barriers to music making.

We will also have a look at the Soundbeam and the Skoog, and how these can work with the iPad.

You will learn:

  • A range of possibilities for full participation in creative music-making for disabled people of all ages
  • Different approaches to accessible music-making
  • Real-life examples from Drake Music work and best practice for opening up access to music
  • Understanding and techniques in the use of  assistive music technology under the guidance of the Drake Music  trainer, including iPads and apps, which enable disabled people to participate in making sounds and playing music
  • Insight into the possibilities an iPad can offer and how to make the most of this instrument to open up access to creative music making for disabled and non-disabled musicians

This workshop will be led by Gawain Hewett, National Manager for Research and Development for Drake Music and a composer, educator, sound artist and music technologist.

Drake Music has over 20 years’ experience of breaking down disabling barriers to active music making, and has developed a wealth of innovative ideas, approaches and techniques that they will share with you in this training session.

Need to know

If you have are bringing an iPad or smart phone to the workshop, please download the following free apps; Thumbjam, Garageband and AirVox.

The closest tube station to the Musicians' Union HQ is Oval, which is a 2 minute walk away.

Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

Lunch will not be provided, so please make your own arrangements.

If you have any access requirements or other questions, please email

Event location

MU HQ, 60-62 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JJ.

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