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Meet the team

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ROSIE RUSHTON

Director

Rosie is a specialist in music provision for individuals with additional needs. Collaborating in projects with numerous schools, charities and local communities throughout the Midlands alongside organisations including, Manchester Camerata, MENCAP, Action for Children and Autism Concern. 

Rosie graduated from The University of Birmingham with a Masters of Education in Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus (Hons) in Performance. Shortlisted for the National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN) Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award (2018),  she is now supported by ESRC for her PhD studies; Music, Play and Learning Difficulties.

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JENNY 

Co-Facilitator

 Jenny has vast experience in working with children and young people with additional needs and is a specialist in working within the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS). Jenny trained at Birmingham Conservatoire (BMus, MMus) and the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CME Early Years). Jenny co-delivers weekly sessions at The Orchard Special School. 

Wearing other hats Jenny works as the  Learning and Participation Co-coordinator at Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and is the co-director of the charity Melody.

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EMILY

Co-Facilitator

Emily is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, a volunteer with Melody Music Birmingham and works on the In Harmony social mobility project based in Telford. She has experience working with children and young people with complex needs.

Emily is currently c0-leading the Big Top Band, Sandwell and part of the creative development and delivery team for the Hidden Worlds project at Victoria College, working with adults with PMLD. 

DALMA 

Co-Facilitator

Dalma is a recent graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she studied opera and specialised in music education. After her studies, Dalma worked with Welsh National Opera as a vocal animateur intern and developed an interest in music-making that is accessible for all ages and abilities. This interest led Dalma to Big Top where she enjoys sharing music with young people with PMLD.  As well as her love of music education, Dalma also performs regularly with Birmingham based chamber opera group: Infinite Opera, singing science inspired contemporary music and exploring improvisation.

Dalma is working on our partnership project with Wolverhampton Music Service and on our Big Top multi-sensory days at schools and settings across the West Midlands!.

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ABBIE 

Co-Facilitator

Abbie is a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied classical saxophone.

Through volunteering with Melody, Abbie gained an interest in making music with people with additional needs, leading her to specialise in community music and pedagogy. Abbie gained a place on the Musicate Programme with Cheltenham Festivals, where she provides music workshops in SEN schools and helps to organise their Relaxed Concert for Schools. Abbie is passionate about the creative, communicative and interactive opportunities music making provides!

 

Abbie currently supports our partnership with SIPS Education - Music & Arts, delivering music in Sandwell schools, and is co-leading our Big Top Band sessions.