Con Brio | Developing ‘Communities of Practice’
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Developing ‘Communities of
Practice’

CON BRIO IS DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL ‘COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE’ IN THE FIELDS OF MUSIC AND SPECIAL NEEDS, HEALTH AND WELLBEING.

 

THESE ARE GROUPS OF MUSICIANS COMMITTED TO INCREASING THE QUALITY AND RANGE OF MUSIC-MAKING FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH COMPLEX NEEDS: WHETHER IN SPCECIAL SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, CARE HOMES OR OTHER SETTINGS.

 

What are the goals?

Con Brio and partners are focused on workforce development.  We want to create opportunities for musicians who are experts in inclusive music making to help others develop their skills and practice.


By establishing ‘communities of practice’ in different countries this work can grow organically, as more musicians and partners understand its value and impact.  Being a practicioner-led network means we can ensure musicians have ongoing access to professional development, mentoring and peer-support.

Who is it for?

Con Brio has brought together a team of musicians and partners who already have expertise, or want to develop their skills, working with:


  • children with complex needs
  • children and families
  • in hospitals
  • older people (including people with dementia)
  • people of all ages with mental health needs
What does it look like?

Thus far work has included training programmes in Denmark, Sweden and the UK; pilot projects in special schools in those countries; and securing funding for longer term creative projects with evaluation and documentation.



In the future we want to connect with music colleges, hospitals, research institutions and education partners in these countries and others, to develop long-term programmes of work and training pathways for musicians.

CASE STUDIES
Work in Sweden

Con Brio and expert practitioner Ros Hawley have connected with Musikalliansen, Maja Adolphson, and number of freelance musicians based in Stockholm to develop training and creative projects in special schools and healthcare settings. Thus far: two training projects have helped establish a network of 15 talented musicians who are keen to develop more of this work; A large-scale creative project with two special schools has been developed for Autumn 2017 (led by musician Lucy Rugman); our research and networking has included conversations with the KMH Music College, Den Kulturella Hjärnan and a number of health & cultural agencies.

More info on Work in Sweden
Work in Denmark

Con Brio and specialist musician Ros Hawley helped Danish contemporary music ensemble Figura develop their skills to work with children with complex needs. This led to a two day project in a Copenhagen special school in March 2017, with some very powerful musical and social outcomes for the children and musicians involved

More info on work in Denmark
Work in Manchester,UK

Music and health specialists Ros Hawley and Mark Fisher have worked with colleagues and partners over a number of years to develop an award-winning programme of work in Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. This includes intensive, interactive and patient-led music making on the wards, as well as training and mentoring for other musicians at all stages of their careers. Ros is also conducting research into the impact of this work as part of her PhD at SOAS.

More info on work in Manchester

 

MUSICIANS AND PARTNERS

The following are just some of the individual musicians and partners who are joining together to develop this work:

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TOM NORTHEY

Tom is Director of Con Brio and focuses on building the network, designing programmes and identifying funding opportunities

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ROS HAWLEY

Ros is one of the UK’s leading specialists in the use of music with children and young people with complex needs. She leads on training and mentoring of professional musicians.

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MAJA ADOLPHSON

Maja is based in Stockholm. She works with musicians and artists to help them achieve personal and professional development goals, and has a strong interest in inclusive music-making.

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LUCY RUGMAN

Lucy is a professional clarinettist and experienced music leader in the field of special educational needs. She is based in Sweden, works international and is a 2017 ISPA Fellow.

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RUTH SPARGO

Ruth is a professional cellist who lives in Stockholm. In addition to hear playing career she has developed her specialist practice working in healthcare settings, particularly in children's hospitals, whee she recently developed an embedded project on a children's Burns Ward. Ruth has also mentored students and earlier career musicians in this work

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Figura Ensemble

Figura are one of Denmark's leading contemporary music ensembles. They also deliver an award-winning programme of work in schools, including work with children with special needs and autism.