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Phil Mullen

Using Voice and Song to make music with Children in SEN settings

Suitable for Key Stages 1-5

This workshop focuses on using voice with students with special educational needs and disabilities. It will feature a range of easy to learn songs from around the world, including several with movement. We will also look at vocal improvisation such as scatting, vocal percussion and free vocal improvisation. Part of the workshop will focus on how to help students write their own songs. This session is aimed at everyone including those who have not used voice in their classrooms before.

Using Rhythm to make music with Children in SEN settings

Suitable for Key Stages 1-5

This is a session on working with rhythm with students with special needs and disabilities. It will focus on 5 basic rhythms that can be used with disabled and non-disabled students. In addition we will explore improvising and composing with rhythm, pulse-work, several key rhythms from West Africa and Jamaica as well as vocal percussion and ways to build a rhythm vocabulary.

Teaching music to children with SEND in Mainstream settings

Suitable for Key Stages 1-5

This session is particularly aimed at peripatetic music teachers and music teachers in mainstream school who wish to make their sessions more inclusive. We will look at some of the factors affecting children's sense of being included/excluded and some of the underlying theories about helping children's psychological wellbeing. We will look at strategies for making the work more inclusive and work with a number of musical examples. If time and numbers allow we will answer participants' individual questions and look at their challenges and strategies in this work. This is an interactive session that combines both practical music making and pedagogical/social theory to enable music educators to optimise inclusion in their settings.

Phil Mullen works developing music with socially excluded groups, including homeless people, offenders and seniors with dementia. In 1990 he developed the first university accredited training in community music. To date he has run community music workshops and seminars in 26 countries including 8 years in Northern Ireland using music as a tool for peace and reconciliation.

Publications include co-editing 'Reaching out – Music education with 'hard to reach' children and young people' published by Music Mark, UK, 2013.

Phil has a PHD from Winchester University on music-making with children excluded from school.

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