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First Note

Music and learning disabilities

There is strong and growing evidence that music can benefit someone living with a learning disability. With the support of a trained music therapist individuals can improve their communication, especially when they struggle with language. Music can help them to build social connections and break down barriers. And it can help them find ways to be creative, express their identity and find their voice. 

Music therapy can benefit us all. It doesn’t discriminate against sex, race or religion and in the act of music-making people can come together and bridge age, disability and class in a safe place where they don’t feel judged.

First Note group sessions

Our First Note groups are led by those taking part, supported by our trained staff. People can make music within the group or simply listen and share. Activities include song-writing, rhythm workshops, singing familiar songs, performance, dancing, jamming and playing musical instruments. There are also vocal warm-ups and getting-to-know-you exercises that focus on vocal ability, breathing, articulation and diction. They are fun and exciting sessions and someone doesn’t need to know anything about music to join in.  

We run a number of First Note groups across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, including:

  • Luton
  • Stevenage
  • Broxbourne

You can access sessions by completing the referral form


Who to contact

Music 24 website

Where to go

Hockwell Ring Community Centre
Mayne Avenue

Last updated 27/10/2023