We thought you might like to read an update from Live Music Now, who believe  believe that all children and young people should have access to regular, meaningful music provision.

Dear Sound Cycle 

In this newsletter, we look at how children and young people engage with music in schools, hospitals, hospices and the wider community.

Over the past year, Live Music Now musicians visited over 180 special schools to perform concerts and lead inclusive music workshops for children and young people with additional needs. The musicians adapt each session to suit the needs of young people, promoting engagement in learning and musical development.

Not only is music an enjoyable activity in its own right, but extensive research shows that regular participation in musical activities can have a positive impact on children’s wider development and wellbeing. This is particularly relevant for children and young people with complex needs. Yet, music provision in special schools is still desperately underfunded.

The state of music education has been much in the news recently. A fascinating report “The Sound of the Next Generation” by our long-time partner Youth Music discussed the importance of music in young people’s lives. Yet, two other reportsMusic Education: State of the Nation” and “Retuning our Ambition for Music Learning” highlighted the inconsistency and decline of music provision in our schools.

Live Music Now believes that all children and young people should have access to regular, meaningful music provision. Do get in touch with me if we can help support music provision in your area.

Best wishes

Karen Irwin

Strategic Director (Children and Young People)


Why is music important?

We met with Professor Adam Ockelford at Roehampton University to discuss why music is of such importance to everyone, and children with special educational needs and disabilities in particular.
Watch here.