“Any child, no matter how disabled, can access music.” Seashell Trust teacher.
Ros and Mark have extensive experience delivering music activities with children and adults with complex communication needs, and in delivering training for teachers and support workers who work within this field.
As Musicians in Residence at the Seashell Trust, a charity that cares for children, young people and adults with complex communication needs, they devise and deliver an interactive live music programme offers a range of sessions across the Trust, within educational, therapeutic and residential settings.
Programmes devised as part of a multi disciplinary team include listening skills programmes (with audiology and speech and language therapy), enrichment of educational and curricular themes in conjunction with teaching staff, delivery of SEN gamelan sessions, soundtrack projects and residential leisure time music programmes incorporating specialist project days, music clubs and interactive workshops throughout the year.
Sessions are planned with staff and devised in order to provide a continuous programme of educational and leisure time activities both in term time and holiday periods which aim to promote communication, interaction, well-being, relaxation, development of self- esteem and access to the creative and performing arts on a regular basis for all participants. Programmes of staff support and training are developed by the musicians when required.
“ I didn’t realise how interactive the sessions were until I watched the [Listening Skills] DVD.. I was amazed at my son’s concentration span and how motivated he was to indicate his choice between the two instruments” Seashell Trust parent.
Ros also has extensive experience working in SEN schools and in music training for hospice staff throughout the UK as lead musician with the music charity Jessie's Fund, where her role involves devising and delivering creative compositional projects leading to performances, delivering staff training and confidence building sessions and advising on curriculum and strategic development of music within schools. Ros and Mark have also devised and delivered project work for the national deafblind charity SENSE, delivering music actvities for families and holiday workshop sessions for children and young people.
"The children have learned new ways of playing instruments and improvising as a musical group.... even the most shy pupils enjoyed the opportunity to shine." Head teacher, SEN school.