At HMM we offer a range of services which are all tailored to the needs of every participant and developed at a grass-roots level. We offer opportunities to suit all ages for both groups and individuals. We can set up sessions for your charity, community group, school, after-school club, day care centre or community organisation. We also run independent sessions based on individual needs and welcome all enquires.
School inclusion project
These projects involve creating musical material with people who have complex needs and subsequently teaching this material to their peers in neighbouring mainstream schools. The participants are then peer matched to work towards a sharing session to showcase the musical material developed. The project uses music to break down barriers between pupils, as they each learn how the other communicates and often develop lasting relationships.
‘I was so nervous walking into the room but when we started to all play together I realised that it wasn’t scary and felt relaxed.’ - 3rd year project participant.
Up to four schools can be involved in this project.
Aims of project
- To work towards a performance of original music
- To develop creative input with pupils with complex needs in both individual and group sessions with pupils
- To teach musical and creative ideas developed by pupils with complex needs to pupils in mainstream schools
- To work on the development and rehearsal of musical material with pupils in both ASN and mainstream schools
- To provide sound and film clips in order to recognise everybody's input to a project
- To provide training to teachers and support staff within the school in order to leave both a worthwhile musical legacy and also the means with which to develop this way of working further.
A class made music video
A class made a music video to be played during times of transition in the classroom. They all contributed to the musical content by showing preferences for chord patterns, styles and introducing their own unique ways of playing feeling and playing instruments.
ASD/communication base unit music project
These projects can be tailored specifically for your school. We meet with senior management, teachers and support staff to ensure everybody involved knows what to expect.
Aims of project
- To work with pupils on an individual basis using music as a means for developing interaction and communication skills
- To develop the ideas formed in the individual sessions into a group setting
- To document this process using sound and film clips
- To create songs or pieces of music relevant to the pupils in the particular school to support the often challenging transitions between various activities during the school day
- To work with teachers and support staff to create musical material that will enrich the school
After-school music groups
After-school music groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- To provide a safe environment in which children can develop musical skills
- To develop social interaction through music
- To create original pieces of music and document this process through film and sound recordings
- To develop social and communication skills through music
- To nurture and develop a love of music
After-school groups can take place in schools or independent community settings.
Adult music groups
Community-based groups for adults with Additional Support Needs.
Aims of project
- To provide a social environment in which adults can develop musical skills
- To develop self-confidence and self-awareness through music
- To enhance relaxation through music
- To encourage physical activity through dance and movement
- To discover and nurture a love of music
- To create original pieces of music, fostering a sense of ownership and achievement
Adult music groups can be specifically tailored to a group or centre or organised in an accessible community setting.
Individual music sessions for all ages
Individual music sessions are tailored specifically to each participant and can involve
- Learning an instrument
- Developing rhythm and pitch skills
- Developing an awareness of sound and music
- Enhancing communication skills
- Creating music
- Using accessible technology
- Developing a musical soundtrack for everyday tasks
Individual sessions are either on either a one- or two-to-one basis and are particularly aimed at participants who may find a group setting difficult. They can often lead to inclusion in a group over time.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in our after school groups, please get in touch with Emily: or
07890 512 284.
Find out about our current groups and activities