SoCo has worked in partnership with many local day service groups to deliver music-making opportunities for adults with learning and/or physical disabilities; including St Denys Day Service, Way Ahead Day Service, Amity Supported Living, Eastleigh MENCAP and DICE. Courses have encompassed a range of activities, from songwriting and DJ-ing to drum circles and music video making.
Along with the use of traditional instrumentation, we use a variety of technology that makes music-making accessible to those with a range of learning or physical needs. These can be used to replicate real instruments through touch or motion sensitive iPad apps or to create totally original sounds to be played using sample pads. These apps can also support participants’ musical progression beyond courses.
In addition to our Adult Learning Programme, SoCo has developed further opportunities for those with learning disabilities to engage in creative activities. In Autumn 2015, SoCo held an LD Club Night at The Courthouse that featured an interactive DJ set and live jam session for current and former participants of our courses. New for 2018/19, we are also looking for core sponsors to enable us to develop a Creative Mentoring and Buddying Scheme that would build support networks and support long-term musical development.
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