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SEND Resources

Below are some ideas for where to go for high quality educational resources that can support the planning and delivery of music involving SEND students in both mainstream and special schools.

  • Drake Music
    Drake Music is the leading charity for supporting disabled musicians in England, particularly around the use of accessible instruments, representation, and development of pedagogy.

Drake Music

  • The Amber Trust
    The Amber Trust work to support individuals with visual impairments access music through the use of specialised resources and methodologies.

The Amber Trust

  • The One Handed Musical Instrument (OHMI) Trust
    OHMI provide accessible instruments and modifications to support musicians learn, play, and perform with their musical instrument should they have a physical impairment that prevents them accessing an instrument in the traditional manner. They hire out specialist kit to support this and work to develop more interventions to support this.

The One Handed Musical Instrument (OHMI) Trust

  • RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind)
    The RNIB provide a service for musicians with visual impairments to access sheet music in braille format. They also offer support around music education, employment in the music industry, and funding and awards.


  • BDA (British Dyslexia Association)
    The BDA offer support and guidance on how to best support a student with Dyslexia, such as dyslexia aware teachers, alternative syllabuses, and reasonable adjustments.


  • Soundabout
    Soundabout are a charity that supports disabled young people, particularly those with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disability), access music and support the development of music teachers and facilitators. They offer training and resources to support this, particularly around choirs.


  • Trinity College Awards and Certificates in Musical Development
    The Awards and Certificates in Musical Development are Trinity’s new, fully inclusive qualifications for schools and other settings, and are designed for those with learning difficulties, across the whole spectrum of abilities and needs.

Trinity College Awards and Certificates in Musical Development


  • Open Orchestra
    Open Orchestras is an ensemble programme specifically for students in special schools. It uses the colour notes scheme alongside a bespoke iPad app called ‘Clarion’ to promote accessibility and differentiation.

Open Orchestra website

Open Orchestra introductory document for special schools

  • Orchestras for All
    Orchestras for All are a music charity that offer a few programmes for accessible ensemble playing. They run the National Orchestra for All, supporting musicians of all levels and backgrounds to perform together, as well as the Modulo programme for secondary schools and training for music teachers to develop their practice.

Orchestras for All

Curriculum Support

  • Sounds of Intent (SOI)
    Sounds of Intent is an assessment framework to support the development of students with more profound disabilities. It is tailored to be more open in it’s progression stages and is backed by the University of Roehampton where qualifications can be taken in its delivery, though this is not necessary to implement it into your curriculum planning.

Sounds of Intent (SOI)

Educational Resources

  • BBC 10 Pieces
    BBC Ten Pieces provides inclusive resources for a selection of the provided songs in the programme, differentiated by skill and in some instances ability.

BBC 10 Pieces