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At the heart of English folk
Inclusive Folk: delivering folk music workshops with disabled young people

Inclusive Folk: delivering folk music workshops with disabled young people

Professional Development Day 

FREE professional development day, led by folk artist and educator Emmie Ward.

Share experience and content developed over the past six months through EFDSS’ Inclusive Folk programme funded by Postcode Community Trust.  Including the establishment of fortnightly Folk Unlimited creative music sessions at Cecil Sharp House, outreach in disability settings and a new resource.


Thursday, 18 July, 10am – 4.30pm

Cecil Sharp House

Suitable for

For music educators wanting to widen their skills and understanding of using folk music, song and dance with young people with learning disabilities including those with complex needs.  

About the INSET

This day will be full of ideas, guidance and tips, leaving you with the confidence, energy and skills to develop and inspire your own practice.  Presentations and practical sessions will explore high quality practice and how to embrace inclusion.

The aims of the day are to:

  • Provide practical training in using the folk arts with disabled young people and adults
  • Share good practice and experience of creating and delivering inclusive, multi-sensory folk music, song and dance workshops
  • Introduce the Sounds of Intent framework and how it can support and enhance your practice
  • Understand different definitions of disability used by SEN/D settings and families
  • Signpost to freely available learning resources on the EFDSS Resource Bank, specifically using folk music, song and dance in SEN/D settings

Led by the lead tutor of Folk Unlimited, Emmie Ward, with support from co-leader Joe Danks and trainee Freda D’Souza. 

This day is guaranteed to be inspiring, challenging and most of all, fun!

Lead Tutor

Emmie Ward holds a PG CERT in music and special needs using Sound Of Intent with Roehampton University. She is a folk musician and  works as a freelance music and folk arts practitioner and teaches a range of classes for people with learning disabilities. She specialises in using a multi-sensory approach to storytelling and music.   Emmie has worked in a variety of settings including  day centres, FE colleges and schools where she has worked as a teacher for many years. Projects have included Everybody Dance Company, a millennium funded dance project with performers with complex needs, and working on the show Weighting by Extraordinary Bodies an inclusive, touring circus.  Emmie is lead tutor for EFDSS’ Get Your Folk On! Plus holiday workshops, and Folk Unlimited creative music sessions, both for disabled young people at Cecil Sharp House.


Advance booking essential. Limited places.

Book your free place 
Please look out for the link to the enrolment form in your booking confirmation email.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, but please provide your own lunch. Our café will also be open.

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7241 8953

Find out more about our Folk Unlimited creative music sessions