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MEHEM UpRising!

Improving music activites to engage young people with special educational needs, and / or disabilities and enhancing the delivery of inclusive music activities across Music Education Hubs in the UK.

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Researchers

Research aims

MEHEM UpRising! project aims to increase region wide collaboration, improving delivery of music activity with and for children and young people with special educational needs, and / or disabilities, strengthening the regions' workforce and enhancing organisational development to improve our ongoing abilities to deliver high-quality music-making activities.

Research methods

Over three years, MEHEM UpRising! will deliver an East Midlands region wide collaboration, between seven Music Education Hub organisations. They will deliver practical music making activities with and for children and young people with special educational needs, disabilities (SEN/D) and / or additional needs, throughout the region. MEHEM members will create and implement a framework that enables them to learn from and with each other; sharing knowledge, experience and practice; developing reflective practice and build networks, locally, regionally and nationally. The project will increase region wide collaboration, enable organisational development, strengthen the workforce, and therefore improve ongoing music making delivery with and for children and young people with SEN/D within the region and beyond. Throughout the project the hubs will share learning, disseminating with and through partnerships and networks.

Reflective practice is at the core of the UpRising! project. The project, through collaboration between hubs, sets out to create and implement a framework to enable them to learn from and with each other; sharing knowledge, experiences and practice; and to build networks, locally, regionally and nationally. The evaluation includes documenting the reflection sessions, speaking with the teachers and hub leads, observing shared learning and new practices. The evaluation will also include interviewing young people taking part in the newly developed projects.

Partner hubs
  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottingham (city) and Nottinghamshire
  • Rutland

Research outcomes

The project has 5 main intended outcomes.

1. Musical

To deliver music making activities and learning opportunities, enabling musical skills development, for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities (SEN/D), throughout the region. 

2. Organisational

To enable reflective practice and strengthen shared learning, between the region's Music Education Hubs and practitioners.

3. Workforce

To improve the ability of the workforce and increase capacity to deliver high-quality music-making activities for children and young people with SEN/D.

4. Organisational

To strengthen region wide relationships and build networks.

5. Organisational

To disseminate learning and practice - locally, regionally and nationally.