Independent Evaluation. Inclusive Access to Music-Making (IAMM) Project

Emma Nenadic, Elizabeth MacGregor, Nikki Booth

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    The OHMI Trust (OHMI) is a charity that breaks down barriers to full participation in music-making for children and adults with physical disabilities. Through training programmes, music delivery, and collaborations with pioneering adapted instrument developers, OHMI ?enable children and adults with physical impairments to play the instruments they want to play, when they want to play them and where they want to play them? (OHMI, online). In partnership with Creative United (CU) and Nottingham Music Service (NMS), OHMI piloted the Inclusive Access to Music-Making (IAMM) project during 2019/20. Further Arts Council England funding enabled IAMM to expand to Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) between 2020 and 2022 (over an extended timeline due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and to Services for Education Birmingham Music Service (SfE) during 2022/23. IAMM aims to offer parity of access to whole class ensemble tuition (WCET) for pupils with additional needs in mainstream primary schools. Through partnership with Music Education Hub (MEH) organisations such as NMS, NMPAT and SfE, the needs of children who are taking part in WCET in the following academic year are assessed. Where necessary, OHMI and CU then provide accessible instruments, enabling equipment, staff training, and other interventions in time for WCET classes to begin. IAMM was evaluated by researchers from Birmingham City University, who employed a qualitative methodology involving a survey, interviews, and WCET observations. Building on a previous evaluation of IAMM 2020?22 (Nenadic & Booth, 2022), the evaluation aimed to explore the lived experiences of IAMM participants, as well as the effectiveness of IAMM?s overall programme of support with regards to improving parity of access to music-making in WCET classes. The report outlines the findings from this research, including recommendations for future iterations of IAMM.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBirmingham
    PublisherBirmingham City University
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 30 Mar 2023


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