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What Is Garden of Music?
Garden of Music are a Community Interest Company (C.I.C) working in Northern Ireland and London.
We advocate for accessible music making and education, using a capacity building approach for sustainability.
Our mission is to ensure that all children, young people and adults who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D)
have access to music making and education, offering training and consultancy to teachers, musicians, therapists and EYFS practitioners, in accessible approaches to music making, assistive music technology (AMT) and using Sounds of Intent (SOI) to support musical development. We are proud to be a 'Soundabout, Sounds of Intent Associate' for Northern Ireland.
Garden of Music endorse the social model of disability, and believes that our society is the main factor in disabling people, due to the disabling barriers it has created. We want to ensure that the music making opportunities and events we host are accessible, responding to people’s individual access requirements.
Garden of Music are currently researching Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Music Education (SENDME) in schools across Northern Ireland. The focus of this new and exciting research is primarily to find out about the different types of music making which is currently provided across the wide range of SEN/D schools in Northern Ireland. We are asking schools for contributions regarding what they consider effective practice to be in the classroom, telling us about the challenges that some pupils may encounter in accessing a music lesson.
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Testimonials from organisations and artists who we have previously worked with
Damien O Connor:
Disability Arts Coordinator, Mayo County Council, (Mayo, Ireland)
'Garden of Music delivered training in Accessible Music Technology to a group of Music Generation Mayo tutors. The trainer had an obvious passion and dedication to his work. He has considerable expertise is the area of accessible technology and how it can be practically and creatively used by disabled people. His knowledge and experience were central to a successful day'
Discovery Projects Coordinator
(London Symphony Orchestra)
'Gary has a warm and welcoming style when leading workshops, putting everyone at ease. He works with individuals within the group with sensitivity and also holds and energises the whole group. Gary is fantastic at making sure everyone in the group is included, allowing them to join in and be part of the group wherever they are at. His extensive knowledge of and skills with assistive music tech mean that he can find creative ways for everyone in the group to be involved.'
Programme Manager (SEN)
(Museum of London)
'Gary has worked with the Museum of London on several projects in recent years and I have always been very impressed with his commitment and skill at engaging young people through music. His warmth and empathy with his audiences shine through and he is a pleasure to work with'
Associate Artist, Replay Theatre,
(Belfast, N. Ireland)
'Excellent bespoke training service from a trustworthy source. Garden of Music are cultivating musical abilities in SEND environments that might otherwise get overlooked'
Mother & 'The AutistiX' Band Manager
'Gary is an incredible music specialist about whom we can only speak in the most glowing of terms. We feel absolutely blessed to know him and have him teach our son Saul, who has severe special needs, but is very musical and is a developing drummer. Gary is one of the most experienced music tutors working with people with disabilities whom we know. He brings his vast knowledge and experience and so much more, to everything he does. We feel immensely lucky that he is teaching our son'
'I am very impressed with Gary's ability to motivate and involve learners, the trouble he takes to ensure that everyone understands and participates fully, and his relaxed and friendly manner'