Assistive Music Technology for young people with SEND: The Future is NOW

Posted on September 19th, by Rebeka in Events, Music Technology, Training. No Comments

** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED and will run in 2014 **

Assistive Music Technology for young people with SEND: the future is now
Huddersfield University
TBC February 2014
10am – 4pm
JUST £40 including lunch
To book YOUR place or for more information, please contact, call 01422 383130 or visit

Assistive or adaptive technology is tech that enables people to perform tasks they would normally find difficult or impossible to achieve on their own.

This one-day conference, for beginners and experts alike, brings together leading musicians, software developers, inventors, institutions and organisations to show you how new Music Technology systems can be used to enable people with SEND to compose, play, learn and enjoy music-making.

There will be:
* presentations and case studies of young people and schools using bespoke and specialist software
* workshops on harnessing the power of mainstream technology
* a ‘hacker’s corner’ to solve problems through the design of new software
* a peep towards the future to see what we might all be using in five or ten years’ time
* a chance to meet and hear some of the post-graduate students, academic staff and technology designers who are developing new software and technology

This is a great opportunity for teachers, teaching assistants, facilitators and musicians to get to grips with music technology as a liberating and creative opportunity for people with SEND whether you’re brand new to technology or an experienced technician.

A conference for those who want a world where there are no barriers to music-making, and who want to use music technology (alongside conventional instruments, or stand-alone) to give creative opportunities to people with SEND.

The conference is a partnership between Huddersfield University’s Adaptive Music Technology Research Group and Yorkshire Youth & Music, using funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music.

The Adaptive Music Technology Research Group at the University of Huddersfield seeks to bring together universities, companies, schools, charities and individuals to promote wider adoption and development of adaptive (assistive) music technology.

Yorkshire Youth and Music is a community music education company working across the whole of Yorkshire. We provide music projects for children and young people and train the adults who work with these young people across the Yorkshire region. We are Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion grant-holders for West and South Yorkshire. YYM is Matrix accredited for our advice and guidance services.

This session is part of YYM’s Musical Inclusion professional development programme.

Musical Inclusion is one of Youth Music’s funding modules. The aim of the module is to ensure opportunities exist for children and young people in challenging circumstances to access and progress through high-quality music making across England. Organisations funded to deliver this module are required to have an overview of what music making activity exists in their region, and how they will go about working with regional and local strategic partners to address any gaps in music making provision for children and young people in challenging circumstances. This includes the provision of a range of professional development opportunities relevant to professionals working with these children and young people.

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