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Special Needs

Working with special needs young people is an important part of the Zone's work and it continues to be one of its core objectives.

Music4U has worked with a number of special schools in the region including Frederick Holmes, Tweendykes, Ganton, Humberston Park and Cambridge Park Schools, enabling young people with a wide range of mental and physical disabilities to make music and participate in music workshops and performances.

The results have been wonderful and inspiring with the young people excelling themselves and connecting with the music. By using skilled musicians the projects have been extremely rewarding for the young people, staff, parents and musicians.

The work in special school has mostly been percussion led and also included opportunities for the young people to play the region's resident Gamelans as well as chances to use Music Technology such as Soundbeam.

Music4U is currently working in partnership with community music education organisation Epiphany Music Ltd to develop a series of one-off bespoke projects tailored to each participant Special School's needs. The work is the result of research into music provision in Special Schools in the region undertaken by Music4U in 2008-2009.