Con Tutti: Music Education and Autism Seminar



Music Generation Sligo and St Angela’s College Sligo are pleased to announce a forthcoming seminar Con Tutti: Music Education and Autism on Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd December 2016. The seminar is a Music Generation National Partnership Project 2016 providing a Professional Learning Network for Inclusive Music Education.

In 2015 Music Generation Sligo and the Centre for Special Education Needs Inclusion & Diversity (CSENID) at St Angela’s College initiated an innovative Research, Training & Programming Partnership with regard to the delivery of music programmes to children and young people with Special Educational Needs, focusing initially on autism. This seminar will reflect the work to date and invite national and international educators and musicians to share and reflect on their work in the area of special educational needs.

Keynote speakers are Professor Adam Ockelford & Pianist Derek Paravicini from the UK. A composer, researcher, author and music teacher, Adam Ockelford is currently Professor of Music at Roehampton University, where his research interests are in music psychology, education, theory and aesthetics, particularly special educational needs and the development of exceptional abilities. Derek Paravicini is many things: an incredible piano player, a blind man, an excited talker, a musical savant, and a 30 something with severe autism. Together with his teacher Adam Ockelford, we will get a fascinating peek into how he understands music.

Click below to view Professor Ockelford & Derek’s Ted Talk ‘In the Key of Genius’

The event will include the launch of two Music Education and Autism publications A Research Report by CSENID and a Resource Book & CD by Music Generation Sligo and CSENID. Delegates can also look forward to an informal evening of Dinner & Music by Music Generation Sligo musician educators, at The Model Sligo (tickets €20). Seminar proceedings will take place at Áras Michael, St Angela’s College, LoughGill, Sligo.

Download – Con Tutti: Music Education and Autism Seminar Programme

Register attendance by email to Rhona/Emma at [email protected]

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Rhona McGrath, Co-ordinator of Music Generation Sligo, outlined that this has been a strategic response to local demand in an important area of inclusive music education. “ We are delighted to combine the work of practitioners in special educational needs and in music education to explore and expand the possibilities for children and young people  and their educators”.

Ailbhe O Halloran & Fiona Jennings were delighted to respond to the approach from Music Generation as an opportunity to explore music in the area of special educational needs. Ailbhe explained “Academic staff within CSENID are dedicated to conducting and highlighting  research  which  contributes  to  a  greater  understanding  of  some  of  the key  educational  challenges  that  face  professionals,  parents,  young  people,  children  and  educational policy makers, particularly in the area of SEN”. 

Music Generation Sligo delivers a range of long term music education projects for children and young people as part of Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network, co funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education & Skills and Sligo Music Education Partnership. Music Generation Sligo is managed and funded locally by Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Cranmore Regeneration and the local music sector. Since 2011, Music Generation Sligo has worked to address access to instrumental & vocal tuition and performance by children and young people in their own communities.

The Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity (CSENID) at St. Angela’s College was created in 2011. It builds upon the foundation of the Education Department in St Angela’s College that has served the Irish education community through the provision of quality inservice teacher education and continuing professional development programmes in the area of SEN for teachers and other professionals in a variety of educational settings since 1995. In keeping with StAngela’s College’s mission, the Department’s dedicated and innovative staff is continually initiating, developing and modifying programmes to respond proactively and positively to existing and emerging needs of the educational community regionally and nationally. The work of CSENID includes curriculum planning, programme delivery, research and resource development.