Challenging Creativity: Inclusive Composition

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In this paper, I discuss processes surrounding the integration of a number of inclusive music technologies in recent composition projects, as well as adaptations to creative methods when working with individuals with Additional Support Needs2, and my involvement with an organisation that specialises in working with musicians with disabilities – Drake Music Scotland. I will extrapolate initial compositional ideas, demonstrating how they may translate into completed musical material, detailing any alterations to working methods through experiences gained in collaborating with performers within a live context, and highlighting specific examples through score excerpts; individual sections of new work are presented, introducing musical influences, and highlighting the challenges of working with a new ensemble of musicians, playing both acoustic and digital instruments. This work has also impacted directly upon my teaching role at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, with the formation of a new course component (module), available to students from a wide variety of disciplines across the building. The rationale for the creation of this module will be discussed, along with the broader aims for intended student experience, learning methods and outcomes.


Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)19-33
Number of pages15
JournalIMPAR Online Journal for Artistic Research in Music
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 8 Mar 2019

Author keywords

  • Composition, Inclusion, Digital, technologies, Disabilities