Music Of Life Foundation
Who we are
Music of Life is a small and focused UK charity that provides tailored individual musical tuition, performing opportunities, group workshops and a range of associated services for children and young people aged 7 to 25 with a wide range of disabilities and special needs across the country.
We use music to support personal development and raise self-esteem in disabled young people who are interested in music-making, but struggle to afford and/or access it. Many of our beneficiaries are from economically deprived families: homes with a disabled child often have an income well below the national average and therefore are unable to fund lessons and other opportunities themselves.
Music of Life uses its own wide network of highly-skilled music teachers, professional musicians and workshop leaders to deliver all of its projects – from individual lessons to all-school workshops. We train and support our teacher to equip them with knowledge and skills required to work with special needs students.
Regular instrumental or singing lessons are provided and tailored to students’ needs.
Additional services provided such as transport / specially adapted vehicles where needed, paying examination fees, and access to learning resources.
Opportunities for performances and recitals are provided including individual performances and placements in orchestras and choirs we partner with.
We support our beneficiaries over long periods of time (2-5 years) making a lasting impact on their lives. Many of our students work towards recognised music qualifications, prepare for and participate in live performances, grow in confidence and become more ambitious about their future, education and employment prospects.
All Music of Life’s services are free to its beneficiaries. Families are supported who otherwise would have no opportunity to fund the lessons or other musical activities themselves.
To support the personal development of our older beneficiaries, professional careers information, advice and guidance is made available at crucial transition stages.
We work with special needs schools that have very limited music provision, including schools in areas of high deprivation.
We also identify and nurture young musicians who are exceptionally talented and have the potential to build sustainable careers in music.
We change perception of disability amongst professional musicians, music groups and organisations by enabling them to work closely with our beneficiaries and overcome the barriers of uncertainty, fear and misconception that often are caused by lack of practical experience of working with someone who has a disability.
We bring disabled and non-disabled children together to perform in concerts, this is particularly important for children who spend most of their time in a special needs setting.