The Music Man Project Hampshire
The Music Man Project Hampshire was established at Hedge End Salvation Army in May 2018 and is run by a fantastic dedicated team of volunteers under the leadership of Valerie Hickox (music teacher with extensive SEND experience) supported by deputy leader Stephen Smith (former Director of Music in the British Army). More than twenty students with a wide variety of abilities and challenges enjoy the hour-long weekly sessions, packed with musical activity - including singing, signing and playing a variety of musical instruments. As well as education and enjoyment a key element of the project is giving the students opportunities to perform before an audience. A highlight for us all was playing the Royal Albert Hall in 2019. It is great to be part of the national and international Music Man family as well as our local group. The project provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to develop and showcase their innate musical talent and gift, whilst raising awareness and understanding of what can be achieved, what challenges can be overcome and the huge contribution that this group of people have to make to society. Music is a universal language, transcending ability, uniting people, breaking down barriers and bringing people together in an explosion of joy and fun! MMP Hampshire is all about what adults with learning disabilities CAN do! It’s about belonging, being valued and having a part to play.
Valerie Hickox and Stephen Smith
Time: Thursdays 1-2pm (term time)
Venue: The Salvation Army, Whites Way, Hedge End SO30 2GL
Cost: £5 per session (carers free)