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Thursday 2nd June, 2011

  • Do you know your skoogs from your Soundbeam? Can you use them effectively?
  • Do you regularly deliver workshops for children and young people with disabilities?
  • Would you like to know more about hardware and software for use in music workshops with disability and inclusion work?

If you want to know more this training and networking day is for you!

One of the most exciting developing areas in community music is around technology that assists people to access music making in spite of any physical or other challenges that may otherwise create barriers.

From longstanding and expensive technologies like Soundbeam, through to simpler DIY solutions using switches and drumpads, emerging technologies around webcams and brand new "toys" like Skoog, there is an expanding range of technologies available to us in creating participatory music making opportunities for people with disabilities.

This day is a chance to explore some of these technologies; * to learn a bit more about their potential, * to share ideas and hopefully develop new approaches and techniques that can enrich and expand our practice in this area.

This is not a straightforward taught training day, though we will look at some conceptual and technical aspects, and is not just for advanced "tech-heads" but is aimed at anyone interested in potentially using these exciting technologies in their work.

The Course Leader is Graham Dowdall, who is a very experienced musician and workshop leader. Over the last twenty years he has performed, composed and recorded across the globe with an array of legendary musicians. He runs his own record label Geo and performs his own solo electronica act – to considerable critical acclaim in UK and Europe. He studied Community Music at Goldsmiths College and is now the conveyor and lead tutor of their Cert in Music Workshop Skills and is designing a BA degree in Community Music. He is a trainer of music leaders specialising in creativity with technology, all types of drumming, songwriting and composition. Graham Dowdall is committed to the developing potential of technology and other strategies to remove the barriers to participation that physical and other disabilities can throw up.

Course Details Date and Time: Thursday 21st July, 10.00pm – 16.00pm Location: Woking YMCA, Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6JD.

The venue is fully accessible – please inform us of any accessibility needs that you have.

Refreshments: Tea & Coffee, Please note that lunch isn’t provided.

Course Fee: This event is £20 to Freelance MusicLeader members, £30 to Employed by an Organisation and £45 to Non-members. Sign up and Join MusicLeader for FREE at www.musicleader.net

Please feel free to bring any of your own devices and ideas to share with other participants.

To book your place please contact Rachael Casoria for more information: rachael@rhythmixmusic.org.uk or 0801 417484 (ext 1)