NYMAZ SEND Music Network


This network is open to all those in North Yorkshire and Teesside who are working with (or interested in learning more about how to work with) children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability, including music practitioners, workshop leaders, classroom teachers, staff and freelance practitioners.

Membership is FREE and includes invitations to training events and conferences; opportunities to network with peers; online forums to share learning and effective practice plus e-bulletins featuring the latest policy updates, research and sector news.

Since the network was established in 2012, it has gained a membership of over 160 professionals working with children with SEND in North Yorkshire and surrounding areas, and is now run in partnership with musinc, Teesside.

Our programme of CPD opportunities have focused on supporting those professionals to make music more accessible to the children and young people they work with. Previous CPD sessions have included: accessible ideas for using music in the classroom; the Sounds of Intent framework of musical development; music and autistic spectrum disorders; accessible music technology and iPad Apps; and Singing and Signing. 

“Very useful afternoon. Informative and inspirational.”
- Special School Teacher

The most recent SEND Music Network event was the NYMAZ SEND Music Network Gathering 2016. The event, which took place at the The Spa in Scarborough, offered CPD sessions for practitioners led by a number of specialists in SEND music, including Graham Dowdall, Andrew Cleaton, Karen Irwin (Live Music Now), Nikki-Kate Heyes (soundLINCS), Angela Harrison (North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre) and Ros Hawley. Read more about the event here.

“It reinvigorated my desire to utilise music as much as possible for profoundly disabled children”


In 2015 the NYMAZ SEND Music Network released the above film, ‘Music at Welburn Hall School: A Case Study’. Welburn Hall School is a North Yorkshire County Council maintained special school, where music is an important part of school life for all pupils.This films explores some of the reasons why music is valued so highly at the school, and demonstrates why the transformative potential of music cannot be underestimated.

Diary dates

NYMAZ SEND Music Network Gathering
Wednesday 14 November, 1-5pm
Pavilions of Harrogate, Harrogate
The NYMAZ SEND Music Network Gathering is back this November so watch this space for more information and updates which will be coming soon!

Join the network

To receive the latest news updates and invites to forthcoming events, please join the network (free of charge). Members of the Network receive access to the members only area of this website, which includes video resources on Sign-Supported Communication and CPD webinars commissioned by the Network.