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Musical Development and Disability

The Inclusive Practitioner

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A practical and discussion-based session focusing on the musical development of young people who are physically or learning disabled. This session will explore a range of models that can help you monitor and evaluate the progress of the young people you work with, as well as your own practice.

This induction and awareness training is part of the The Inclusive Practitioner for Music Educators level 4 qualification which is accredited by Trinity College, London.


National Centre for Inclusive Excellence

The UK’s music industry has been leading the way for decades, but not when it comes to representing everyone.

The National Centre for Inclusive Excellence (NCIE) is a national initiative established by Bristol Music Trust which aims to transform the music industry and education sectors by removing barriers to participation at all levels.

Evolution of the industry is only possible if we remove the barriers currently preventing many people from a meaningful musical life.


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Lucinda Bristow

Lucinda is a vocal tutor and music leader with fifteen years of experience in performance and education. She is the Founding Director of Sussex Vocal Academy and the Vocal Academy UK, and through this has set up a number of vocal teaching programmes throughout the South East and South West of England, promoting singing at all levels and through formal and informal education settings.

She specialises in facilitating singing and creative music sessions with young people in challenging circumstances, including within the care system, with disabled people and with people facing mental health challenges. She is also a music leader at Bristol Plays Music, supporting and mentoring music practitioners to develop at the early stages of their careers. She is currently working on developing musical opportunities and progression routes for care leavers.

Lucinda has worked as a tutor from beginner to degree level for a number of organisations including BIMM Bristol and BME London, and has coached professional artists and worked in artist development for Sennheiser.

Lucinda’s singing career has included work with Ozzy Osbourne, Stevie Wonder, Pixie Lott and Tom Odell among others, as well as performance at the Olympic Ceremony and in sessions for the BBC and ITV.

Alex Lupo

Alex Lupo has over twenty years of experience as a music leader, performer, composer and producer. As a music leader he has devised and led a huge range of projects from large scale ensemble projects to staff training and curriculum development in a range of settings working with physically and learning disabled people. Over the years he has come to specialise in working with Assistive Music Technology with young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties. He has worked for a number of leading organisations, including Live Music Now! Drake Music, Open Orchestras, Bristol Plays Music, Wiltshire Music Connect, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Bath Festivals Trust.

More recently, Alex has expanded his career to include music therapy, completing an MA in music therapy at the University of West England in 2015. His work as a therapist is also focussed on learning disabled young people.

Alex also has a wealth of experience in training music practitioners, and has devised and led programmes for Sound Foundation Somerset, BIMM and UWE, among others.

His varied performing career has taken him all over the world, both with bands and in theatre productions.