Music, Disability and Technology REDEFINING traditional music-making 

Music Unlocked is Newham Music’s bespoke provision for children and young people with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). From in-school whole-class lessons to our weekend Music Unlocked Orchestra, our specialist team of teacher musicians can support a variety of needs in each setting.

Current Opportunities

Music Unlocked Orchestra

The Music Unlocked Orchestra (or MUO) is our inclusive music group at the Saturday Academy. Young people who are disabled and/or face obstacles to participate in other music ensembles will have the opportunity to take charge, creating new and unique music in a supportive, safe and creative environment. 

The MUO welcomes young people ages 8+ with all abilities and provides:

  • bespoke instruction with individual and small-group support
  • musical skills development at a comfortable and appropriate pace for all
  • a variety of adaptable instruments and music technology resources
  • exciting group music-making opportunities for those who make have previously been unable to access them

MUO musicians will be empowered to redefine the traditional idea of ‘The Orchestra’ – inspiring new musical instruments and creating new and exciting musical sounds.

Join us for a FREE taster session! Email on or call us on 020 3089 3214 for more information.

Music Unlocked Schools

We deliver weekly sessions in 10 Newham schools that are designed to fit the specific needs of the pupils and the school.

Our team of specialist teacher musicians consult with key members of staff at your school to design lessons that are appropriate, safe, and geared towards learning outcomes and goals you’ve identified. This includes small group sessions, additional support sessions outside mainstream music lessons, or individual lessons for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.

To enquire or book provision for your school, email

School Projects

We work with a range of musical and cultural partners to offer an exciting package of short projects and one-off performance opportunities for schools with a focus on music for young people with SEND. Current programme partners include LSO On Track, Drake Music,


Coming Soon! Music Unlocked Band

Launching in Summer 2023! 

Young people aged 16-25 can drop in for a jam on a range of instruments.

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Workforce Development

Newham Music has partnered with Drake Music as a part of their Think22 work to develop a team of specialist teachers to support music in SEND settings across the borough.

Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England
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