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Accessibility on a Budget with Drake Music


11 Sep 2017

10:00am - 4:00pm

Alongside hi-tech assistive music technology such as Sound-beam, there is a choice of low-tech, inexpensive equipment and software packages that can enable inclusive participation in music.

If you wish to improve musical inclusivity in your lessons or workshops, but are unable to invest in expensive kit, then this course is for you.

This workshop includes: 

  • Knowledge of practical approaches and techniques to creating accessible music-making sessions.
  • Understanding of equipment to use, from the microphone, through to simple accessible switches that trigger sounds and loops,
  • A look at free and cheap software that allows you to create bespoke accessible solutions
  • An introduction to building your own accessible musical instruments
  • Understanding of the range of options to enable greater involvement and creative participation for SEN/D participants or all ages and abilities.

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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