New programme helps London’s SEND pupils make music through tech

A new three-year programme will help SEND pupils across London make their own music using state-of-the-art technology.

Eye Music Trust, a visual arts charity, will tour special educational needs schools across the capital with week-long workshops that allow pupils to control movement sensors which trigger music, colour and light.

The charity was awarded a £87,900 grant by the City Bridge Trust to run the project, which will be accessible to children aged four to 19 in around 16 schools across London’s boroughs.

The charity’s long-term goal is to place the technology permanently in SEND schools, so children with disabilities can produce music, even if they have no movement at all, by employing the use of muscle sensors.

“Children with profound disability find it impossible to play musical instruments. The unique software and sensor system that Eye Music Trust has created enables them to control complex music and create their own intense therapeutic colour with just the movement of the head or hands,” explained Simon Desorgher, projects director at the charity.

Schools can register their interest in the project by emailing Simon Desorgher.

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