Con Tutti: Music Education and Autism Seminar 2nd/3rd December 2016

music-generation-sligo67On Friday and Saturday 2nd and 3rd of December 2016, Music Generation Sligo (MGS) and The Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity (CSENID) at St Angela’s College hosted Con Tutti: Music Education and Autism Seminar. It was funded under a Music Generation National Partnership Project for Inclusive Music Education, together with CSENID and MGS.

Many professionals working in music, education and health sectors attended this seminar which reflected the research and programming work carried out by CSENID and MGS since the partnership began in Feb 2015. To read about this partnership, please click here.

Keynote presenters were Professor Adam Ockelford and Pianist Derek Paravicini from the UK.   Professor Ockelford is a composer, author, music teacher and researcher with interests in music psychology, education, theory and aesthetics, particularly special educational needs and the development of exceptional abilities.

Derek Paravicini is a blind man with autism who stunned the audience with his outstanding piano playing and musical fluency.   Listeners were treated to an impromptu composition, a duet with an audience member (an Irish jig), a very special performance of Down by the Sally Gardens, sung by MGS tutor Roisin Egan and much more, all delivered with Derek’s friendly and charming demeanor.    Professor Ockelford talked about Derek’s life from birth, his early introduction to music, dedication to musical practice and how Derek understands music. Watch this outstanding performance and presentation:

MGS tutors Roisin Egan and Giulia Tesoriero, gave a practical demonstration on teaching children with autism in the classroom. Click on the link below to view their presentation.  The material demonstrated and suggested can all be found in the Con Tutti Resource Booklet and CD, which was launched at the seminar along with a research report carried out by Fiona Jennings and music-generation-sligo92Ailbhe O’Halloran from CSENID at St Angela’s College, Sligo. Fiona and Ailbhe gave presentations on the research findings.

The research report will soon be available to download online.

To view all the presentations given over the two days.  Please click on the following link:

Con Tutti: Music Education and Autism Seminar