Championing Inclusive Music Making

Breaking the Bubble is an innovation project formed in partnership between Surrey Music Hub, Sound Hub (Kent) and Sound City (Brighton and Hove) and is supported by Arts Council England and the Department for Education

In a specially commissioned survey of music provision in special schools across Kent, Surrey and Brighton & Hove Breaking The Bubble partners Drake Music identified a need for development work in three main areas:

1. Provision of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and networking opportunities for teachers and hub staff

2. Building of Communities of Practice (CoP) through online media and events

3. Delivery of music projects and showcase events to inspire, celebrate achievement and raise aspirations


Bubble Breakers Jim Pinchen, Mark Jaffry, Peter Bolton and Phillip Trumble explain what BtB is all about...

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A menu of SEN/D music education specific CPD and networking opportunities is available through Surrey Music Hub, Sound Hub and Sound City throughout the year.


Communities of Practice (CoP)

Central to the Breaking the Bubble strategy for developing music provision for children and young people with SEN/D is the aim to foster the development of Communities of Practice

The community of practitioners working with children and young people with SEN/D will be provided with opportunities to come together and share knowledge and skills.


Music project delivery

Free music taster sessions in and out of school time will be provided for special schools including tuition and workshops in, singing, instrumental and ensemble playing, percussion, Rock & Pop Band and interactive music making using iPads and Assistive Music Technology (AMT).

Schools will then have the opportunity and support to arrange ongoing delivery of music through their regional hubs and partner music organisations.


Here is a video of a Breaking The Bubble project launch event held by Surrey project partner Freewheelers Theatre Company

Watch a video of a recent one day workshop event and concert bringing together students with SEN from across Surrey, professional musicians from VOCES8 and Apollo5 with students from the Yehudi Menuhin School.

The UP! Orchestra

The amazing UP! Orchestra (Orchestra of Unlimited Potential) are a group of young musicians In Surrey with a variety of SEN/D conditions...


The Infinity Orchestra 2015

A truly day of music exploring and composing, improvising and performing.

Open to all young Surrey musicians aged 11 - 18 years old

The day will produce performances inspired by music from the BBC Ten Pieces. The young musicians will take part in a large scale unique orchestra which will be led by professionals from BBC Symphony Orchestra and Surrey Music Hub.




To find out more please email


Useful links for music with SEN/D Children and Young People


Surrey Music Hub

DAISY (Disability Arts in Surrey)


Just So Singers

The Orpheus Centre

Music In Hospitals


Sound Hub

Pie Factory Music

M4S Music and Friendship Group

Brighton & Hove

Sound City


Red Zebra

Other Useful Links

Rhythmix Music

Drake Music

Disability Arts Online

Heart n Soul


Graeae Theatre Company


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