Friday 17 June 2016
10am - 5pm
Cecil Sharp House
Inclusive Folk was a one-day conference for both new and seasoned practitioners to uncover the rich seam of folk arts and their exciting possibilities as inclusive art forms – in schools, informal learning and community settings.
The day featured leading practitioners working in SEN/D contexts - from folk and beyond. Presentations and practical sessions explored high quality practice and how to embrace inclusion.
It was a fantastic day, really well programmed and genuinely positive.
Zoe Carassik-Lord, Programme Co-ordinator, Sound Connections
Read Zoe's review of the day here.
The day aimed to:
Share practice and experience of creating and delivering inclusive folk arts projects
Provide practical training in using the folk arts with disabled young people and adults
Highlight examples of successful folk arts projects in SEN/D settings
Explore ideas for projects
Signpost further professional development
Introduce freely available learning resources on the EFDSS Resource Bank and elsewhere, for using folk music, dance and drama in SEN/D settings
Suzanne Bull MBE - Chief Executive Officer, Attitude is Everything
Improving deaf and disabled people's access to live music
Instrumental music, song and dance for participants with a wide range of physical and sensory disabilities
Led by: Paul Wilson, David Faulkner and Jon Dyer – Folk Arts Practitioners, Wren Music; Jenni Coats - Music Co-ordinator, Pathfield School Barnstaple (Devon)
Wheelchair folk dancing in an SEN/D school
Led by: Sue Coe – Freelance Folk Arts Practitioner; and Julia Barnes – Sensory Manager at Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College; with Rosie Allport – Sixth form student at Crossley Heath School and a volunteer at Ravenscliffe (West Yorkshire)
Creative approaches to music for a wide range of participants with PMLD
Led by: Emmie Ward, Sarah Glover – Folk Arts Practitioners (London)
Using Makaton with folk song
Led by: Cat Kelly - Freelance Folk Arts Practitioner (Oxford)
There’s a folk song for everyone: exploring folk song, inclusive singing and autism
Led by: Rebecca Denniff – Freelance Folk Arts Practitioner (Whitby, North Yorkshire)
Creative approaches to seated folk dance with disabled older adults
Led by: Fergus Early – Artistic Director, Green Candle Dance (London)
Maypoles, Mummers and Merry England – working in an SEN/D school
Led by: Jan Reynolds and Sarah Matthews – Folk Arts Practioners, Folk 3D; and Sara Rose – Further Education Tutor, St Andrews SEN School (Derbyshire)
Performing and using folk music in SEN/D settings
Led by: Matthew Jones and Dave Gray – Freelance Folk Musicians (Newcastle)
SoundBox - assistive technology in action
Led by: Daryl Beeton - London Regional Programme Manager, Drake Music (London)
The conference ended with a closing ceilidh led by Alex Cumming and Nicola Beazley (USA / North East)
A full timetable for the conference is available in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page.
Promoted by EFDSS' Folk Educators Group
Inclusive Folk timetable (pdf)
Vlog on the Inclusive Folk event, created by Wired4Music Ambassador, and ‘journalist on wheels’ Lilly Cook.
Supported by Sound Connections