Events & Courses
Making Music with Young People with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
20 October 2020
Join Evolve Music at this first Evolution Network event exploring approaches, experiences and challenges around working with young people with ASC

The Evolution Network aims to provide a space for community music practitioners to come together to share their practice.

This first event will explore the highlights, experiences and challenges of making music with young people and children with autistic spectrum condition or other similar neurological differences.

Tickets are free, although a small donation is very welcome to help us cover our costs.

Panel will include: 

Alex Lupo: I am a practicing musician with over 20 years of experience as a performer, composer, and producer. I have worked with Charles Hazlewood and the British Paraorchestra, Bibio (Warp Records), KneeHigh Theatre Company, Emma Rice, Aardman Animations, and the BBC among many others.I have been working as a community musician for over 17 years, working with a wide range of organisations from all over the UK. As an advocate for inclusive music education I have worked with Bath Spa University, the British Institute of Modern Music (BIMM), Drake Music, Live Music Now, Bristol Beacon, Bath Philharmonia, Open Up Music, the Music Works, the Wiltshire Music Centre, MusicSpace, and others over the course of many years. I have devised, delivered, coordinated and managed music making projects for all ages and in many different contexts, as well as working as a mentor/ trainer with other musicians and community musicians. I have lots of experience of devising and delivering targeted one to one and group work, as well as developing assessment tools, supporting curriculum development in schools, delivering training and supporting strategic development within organisations.I am also a qualified and state registered (HCPC) music therapist. I currently work as a music therapist in a setting for young people with exceptionally complex behavioural needs, and also have experience of working in a number of other SEN/D and SEMH settings, as well as in early years, and end of life care.

Alphonso Archer:
Alphonso setup his teaching and studio services business almost 5 years teaching piano, guitar and drums to adults and children of varying abilities. Initially working with mainstream and special needs pupils he now finds that the majority of his work is with children with autism. This work sees Alphonso providing a wide range of creative musical services via an in-school studio setup which gives children access to the latest technologies including IPADs, IMAC, virtual reality, synthesisers and a wide range of conventional instruments. This provision has led to major successes with for example children with selective mutism finding their singing voice for the first time and high-functioning children with autism being recognised with national awards for song writing and composition. The power of music to help children with autism communicate where words fail inspired Alphonso to study for his Masters Degree in Music Therapy where he is now in his second year of study at the University of West England, Bristol. Alphonso also teaches privately from his studios based in based in Calne, Wiltshire.

Beth Fouracre:
Beth Fouracre is a music leader and multi-instrumentalist who loves to share music with others. She works in a variety of settings including youth music projects, schools, private adult tuition and group classes. Beth sings and plays in a jazz band and is a singer-songwriter. She is keen to create an inclusive environment where people feel confident to join in and play music together whatever their playing ability. Focusing on blues, folk, pop, rock and jazz styles, Beth’s guitar lessons aim to increase your knowledge of the guitar and your confidence as a guitar player. Beth enjoys passing on her enthusiasm and knowledge to others, equipping people with enough skills to be able to play guitar independently. Her students regularly consist of those who have been several times before, as well as those with no previous experience

The event will be chaired by Artistic Director, Ben Vleminckx.



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