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Listen in each month or two to get ideas, inspiration and practical advice from people involved in music education, community music, music therapy, youth music and more. Learn how you can break down barriers to music, through communications, advocacy and inclusive practice.

These conversations are hosted by Anita Holford at Music Education Works and Writing Services. See the full index of Music for Education & Wellbeing podcasts here

Woman with long dreadlocks holding a microphone + caption Ami Gaston International Cultural Arts and Healing Sciences Institute

PODCAST [37] Music, healing and activism with Ami Gaston of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute

19th January 2023

Anita Holford talks with Ami Gaston, who works internationally to promote healing and wellbeing through music and activism. She’s worked with refugees and at-risk children, youth and families through organisations such as the US government and the United Nations. She also has a great story to tell about when she performed for the Dalai Lama.

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PODCAST [36] Routes into the music industry with Dr Oliver Morris, UK Music; and Serona Elton, University of Miami and the Mechanical Licensing Collective

18th November 2022

Anita Holford talks with Serona Elton, from the University of Miami and the Mechanical Licensing Collective; and Dr Oliver Morris, Head of Education and Skills at UK Music. We talk about their routes into the music industry, and the challenges and opportunities for young people – and their families – wanting to understand what roles they could pursue in music.

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PODCAST [35] How singing and songwriting can help new mums experiencing mental health problems – Penny Osmond, workshop and choir leader

28th July 2022

Anita Holford talks with with Penny Osmond, workshop and choir leader, about her singing work with new mums who have perinatal mental health disorders, including the first randomised control research by Professors Rosie Perkins and Daisy Fancourt.

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PODCAST [34] Making music accessible to anyone through music tech instruments – Emma Supica of Artiphon

30th June 2022

Anita Holford talks with Emma Supica, Education Co-ordinator for Artiphon, a music tech company that creates new instruments to enable everyone to be creative, with or without prior musical experience.

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Man with beard in checked shirt, with text beside Mark Robinson, Founder, Rocksteady Music School

PODCAST [33] How Rocksteady Music school created a rock band model for inclusive music education – with Mark Robinson, founder

5th May 2022

Anita Holford talks with Mark Robinson, the founder of Rocksteady Music School, which brings in-school rock band lessons to primary schools across the UK.

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PODCAST [32] Reducing prisoner reoffending with music – Carl and Grace of Inhouse Records 

1st April 2022

Anita Holford talks with musicians Carl aka C. Roots, and Grace from InHouse Records which works inside and outside of prisons with prisoners interested in rehabilitation through music.

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