SEN / Disability
Graham works extensively in Special Schools and other contexts with young people and adults with Special Education Needs, Physical and Cognitive difficulties, Mental Health needs, PMLD, Autism and many other conditions. He employs a wide range of approaches and activities to enable inclusion, participation and self expression which can lead to improved communication, empathy, mood, physical therapy, greater understanding of the world and others, empowerment , joy and many other benefits. He is not a Music Therapist but has a deep understanding of disability and learning difficulties and uses music therapeutically as well as educationally through creative activities including singing, instrumental playing, improvising, composing, and especially a range of music technology including laptops, drum pads, ipads, Soundbeams. Working primarily with groups but also with the individuals in those groups his work uses intensive but informal interactions, tailored for the members of any given group and responding to their needs and aspirations.
Behavorial and Social Difficulties
Using Music technology, drumming and other approaches Graham has worked in many Pupil Referral Units with young people struggling with , or excluded from , mainstream education; alongside Youth Inclusion and Youth Offending teams with young people at risk of or already offending and in Secure Training Centres with young people whose offending has led to their incarceration. Graham believes that the power of music can help young people to address their challenges and behaviour and to find a source of achievement, pride, self expression and application that can help them to turn their lives around. Understanding how the musics that young people may want to make are created, Graham facilitates songwriting, beatmaking, drumming, rapping and other activities. With a background as a community lawyer Graham has a unique perspective on how and why young people may find themselves in these situations.
Cross Arts / Soundscapes / Soundart
As a technologist musician/composer Graham has a wide experience of running projects that work with other artforms especially dance, film and theatre with a range of community groups. This includes co-composing with participants as well as creating to a brief or responsively. He’s worked on films made by deaf young people, wheelchair dance, theatrical soundtracks and other cross arts contexts.
He has also worked on projects using sound in it’s widest meaning to create installations, site specific work and interactive environments that may explore issues around environment, identity, regeneration etc. Graham is familiar with many innovative soft and hardware ways of capturing, manipulating, generating and disseminating sound, music and words and brings the Gagarin approach to participatory creativity to create meaningful and effective projects.
Graham has become one of the country’s leading Community Music trainers in recent years delivering courses ranging from the comprehensive 2 Year Cert.in Music Workshop Skills course at Goldsmiths to one off CPD courses for Music Hubs. He is part of the Drake Music Training and Consultancy team and has also worked recently with Live Music Now mentoring and training their musicians to work in Autism specialist schools. He has designed formally accredited modules and degrees as well as bespoke informal CPD sessions for a variety of organisations. The type of training programmes that Graham specialises in include Introduction to Community Music Leading, Working with Music in SEND sessions, Inclusive Technology, Advanced facilitation, Behaviour Management, Understanding musical styles, Improvisation, Community Music refreshers and many more. Training programmes can be designed to any brief and could be for large groups, small groups or 1-2-1. Sessions are always creative and where possible will involve music making.
Graham is also available as a consultant to help plan, design, advocate, evaluate, manage and co-ordinate participatory music projects.
Legal and Other Stuff
Graham has enhanced clearance from the DBS, full Public Liability Insurance, undertakes regular CPD training and has an enormous amount of his own musical equipment including percussion, laptop, ipads, amplification, mics, keyboards etc. which he uses on workshop projects.
Some things people have said about projects and training Graham has delivered.
“You have a real gift working with these young people and they had the time of their lives. It was an excellent, inclusive, musical experience for them and every child’s creative needs were met.“
Eric Forder Director of Redbridge Music Service
“It’s fantastic to see the way the children have developed in the sessions. How they communicate and join in together more than in any other context. This is in no small part down to Graham’s skilled and sensitive leadership “
Gill Lloyd Assistant Head Woodlands School.
“ This module was the best in my 3 years at college. Graham was inspirational we learned so much and had a great time “