Inclusive Choir – Birmingham
A musical community without barriers!
The Birmingham Inclusive Choir, run in partnership with Services For Education, welcomes people aged 25 years and under, and their families.
The Choir celebrates that everyone has their own way of sharing their voice. Here are a few examples of ways you could join in:
- Using Makaton Signing
- Singing or other vocal noises
- Making sounds with an instrument or sound maker
- Using technology e.g. an iPad or EyeGaze
- Movement and dance
By welcoming all voices we aim to be as inclusive as possible, and actively try to remove barriers to participation from those with severe and profound learning disabilities.
The choir sings songs chosen by members and occasionally writes their own songs. Every piece of music is designed so that members can be involved in their own way.
The choir is free to join, there are no auditions, and you do not need to be able to read music notation.
When & Where?
We are offering a mixture of face-to-face and virtual rehearsals so that you can join in however is best for you!
Meet Your Choir Leaders!
Emily is a Birmingham based music specialist who started her passion for music singing and performing in choirs and shows which led to her musical theatre degree.
With eight years experience teaching music to those with special educational needs in a large Birmingham school and privately, she believes “we are born musical”. Emily develops ways to open musical worlds to those with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities in order to encourage pre-language skills; allowing pupils to express their creativity and develop their musicality.
Emily is passionate about nurturing the talents of others to create new stars!
Gemma Mills has over 20 years’ experience in the music industry. Her performance and teaching knowledge is invaluable to the students she teaches. Before she became a teacher Gemma performed regularly throughout the West Midlands and has experience working with a live band, in the studio environment and writing her own songs.
She has been teaching Early Years through to Secondary Schools for over 15 years and has extensive training with SEND. She gained a PG Cert qualification in Sounds of Intent and this has enhanced her teaching and enabled her to work with students with more complex learning difficulties. Gemma believes music is incredibly important for everyone and especially for our mental health due to the number of positive benefits. Gemma continues to enhance her skills and understanding of inclusivity to support all needs as believes everyone has a voice and should be given the opportunity to find it.
Our members share why they love being part of the Soundabout Inclusive Choir: