Birmingham City University was commissioned by OHMI to report on the Teaching Pilot and explore the process and factors relating to teaching of the instruments. The research, led by Professor Martin Fautley and Dr Victoria Kinsella, examined three elements:
- The scale and depth of the current inequalities in music education provision faced by physically disabled people and they barriers faced to “undifferentiated participation in musical-making” (a specific objective of the OHMI Trust).
- The teachers, the training and support required to effectively teach learners with a physical disability.
- The experiences of learners where the pedagogic interaction with the teacher is the focus. Although this is well explored in literature relating to the able bodied, there is much new ground to explore in working with those with a physical disability.
11-17 year olds Pilot Taster Event in Guildford 11th June 2016
Following the success of our Birmingham primary school teaching pilot we are now excited to announce the launch of the secondary school teaching pilot in Surrey. Saturday 11th June will see a taster event at G-Live in Guildford from 11-1. All those who will be attending secondary schools in Surrey from September 2016 are welcome to attend and find out more. Surrey based professionals who have an interest in the pilot scheme are also very welcome. Further information can be found here:
Pilot Taster Event 25th October 2015
The OHMI Team were pleased to meet and welcome many of the students involved in our very first Pilot Teaching Project. 7 of the children involved with the project came along with their families to meet their teachers from Services for Education at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham. The children had a short lesson on their instrument, culminating in a performance from the students to celebrate their musical achievements on the day.
Trust Ambassador, Nicholas McCarthy attended the taster day and gave an inspiring speech about the importance of pursuing music education for all. Children at the event were also treated to a performance by one-handed trumpeter, Dave Muncey, currently studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Representatives from our project partners; Birmingham City University, OpenUp Music and Birmingham Children's Hospital also joined us for this special event.
The event was covered by Ben Godfrey from BBC Midlands Today and you can watch the report below.
OHMI'S Teaching Pilot begins September 2015
We are delighted that our plans for the first teaching pilot using specially adapted instruments for people without the use of one hand is now starting in Birmingham. 15 children with upper limb disabilities have been selected to receive one-to-one lessons for a year, to play in ensemble groups and participate in masterclasses. For this pilot programme, two instruments will be used: the AAFAB/Peter Worrell one-handed recorder and the adapted trumpet by Michael Prestage. Their teachers will receive full training and the whole project will be monitored and evaluated throughout. Teacher training will take place through October and the children will meet for the first time at a taster day on October 25th at the CBSO Centre. We are extremely grateful to all our partners in this project - without whom this would not be happening: