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Postponed - The Inclusive Practitioner CPD Weekend

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This weekend of CPD for music educators is two days of practical workshops, music making, discussion and reflection. An opportunity to share your own practice and learn from your peers. Both days will focus on inclusive group-leading, which can be appropriate for classroom and/or community settings. The weekend will include planning and reflection, and you should leave feeling inspired, with new ideas and activities to take to your place of work. 


The sessions will provide the opportunity to:


  • Network with other teachers, practitioners, music leaders and community musicians from across the sector  
  • Discover practical ways of supporting all young people in varied settings through music making. 
  • Join open forum sessions to address common issues experienced by participants when delivering music making activities.  
  • Explore assistive music technology and adapted musical instruments with the aim to engage all young people within music making sessions. 
  • Gather new music making activity ideas including warm-ups and session openings, introduction to improvisation and creation, keep music making fun, ways of progression though play holding inclusion as a central focus throughout.  
  • Play music with peers to experience the positive effects that playing music has on all.  

Presented by Bristol Beacon

A training weekend for music educators and those thinking of starting out as a music leader/facilitator.

Start: 10:00
End: 17:00

Please note: The Inclusive Practitioner CPD Weekend has been postponed and will no long take place Sat 18 Feb – Sun 19 Feb. A new date will be announced shortly.

Tickets and Prices

This training session is for music educators, including classroom teachers, community musicians, music workshop leaders, peripatetic teachers and those thinking of starting out as a music leader/facilitator. 

Discounted rates apply for individuals and freelancers.

  • Individuals and Freelancers £30
  • Organisations £40



Limited free places are available for those who experience barriers accessing workshops or education. This can be people who are experiencing financial difficulties or who identify as disabled.

Please contact for more information or to find out how to apply for a free place. 

Session Leaders:

Alex Lupo

Alex has been working as a music leader in non-formal music education for over 19 years, working with a wide range of organisations all over the UK.  He has devised, delivered, coordinated and managed music making projects for all ages and in many different contexts, as well as working as a mentor/trainer with other community musicians and music leaders.

He has significant experience of devising and delivering targeted one to one and group work, as well as developing assessment tools, supporting curriculum development in schools, delivering training and supporting strategic development within organisations. He is also a qualified and HCPC registered music therapist. Currently his practice as a music therapist sees him working in a specialist unit for young people on the autistic spectrum with behaviours that challenge. 

Ben Sellers

Ben is a teacher, trainer and writer. His work is focussed on future technologies and improving access to high-quality creative opportunities for disabled young people and those with additional learning needs.

He works with music hubs, orchestras and arts organisations worldwide to embed inclusive practice and champion innovation.   

Kathryn Sturman

Kathryn is a music leader, singer and charity director based in Leeds. She works with all ages of babies, children and young people in formal and non-formal settings through the charity that she co-founded, Made with Music.

The charity has a particular focus on inclusive music practice and wellbeing, with regular work for the NHS and carer support groups, in addition to self-promoted family friendly gigs, inclusive and accessible music classes and family singing events. 

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I have found the genuine passion for the work that I have witnessed amongst all of the participants and trainers to be extremely inspiring – and that has further encouraged me to take steps to review and improve my own practice”

Inclusive Practitioner workshop Participant

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