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Welcome to the UpRising


An 'all thriller, no filler' bank of resources for all those who want to better engage young people with additional learning needs in music-making. 

Each resource was created in response to requests from instrumental tutors and classroom teachers, with a focus on areas of practice that aren't well supported elsewhere. 

We cover: working with pupils with complex needs (PMLD), inclusive ensembles, engaging pupils with specific needs, an exploration of the lived experience of disabled educators, and special school curriculum development.

All of the resources were created as part of Music Education Hub East Midlands' UpRising project. They are grounded in the Social Model of Disability: the imperative to build all aspects of the musical experience around the needs, interests and abilities of individual learners.

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Insight and advice for PMLD contexts

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Inclusive Ensembles

Five case studies that explore the what, why and how of accessible ensembles. 

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Top 5 Tips

Practical ideas for working with pupils with specific needs.

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Curriculum Development

Guidance on curriculum design in Special Education Settings

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Nothing about us Without us

Unpacking the lived experience of Disabled musicians and educators.

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External Resources

A curated list of resources from across the sector.


The Great Big Orchestra Project


We're excited to present Music Mark's New Directions in Inclusive Music series with each event having a focus on one of the areas of the Resource Balloon.


Music Mark are offering those in schools and music education organisations in the East Midlands a FREE ticket to access all four events. Find out more.

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Musical Playfulness for Pupils with PMLD

24th April 2024, 4.00pm - 5.15pm Online (Zoom)

About UpRising

UpRising seeks to create an ever more equitable offer for pupils with additional needs in mainstream schools, special education settings and alternative provision across the UK. It is driven by a dedicated team of teachers, instrumental tutors and hub Inclusion Leads, led by Project Lead Ben Sellers and working closely with regional and national partners.

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Our core work includes:

Supporting instrumental tutors to develop their inclusive practice

Supporting generalist teachers in specialist settings to deliver high-quality music lessons

Supporting Music Hubs to put inclusion at the heart of their strategic thinking

Pioneer new thinking around inclusive music education

Develop collaborative projects across hubs

Uprising is funded by Youth Music and the Music Hubs of the East Midlands.

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