About Inclusive Music

We believe in the incredible power of music and through this, the potential for self-expression, growth and fulfillment. We endeavor to enable access to these essential human needs and have witnessed the healing and joy it brings.


Our extensive knowledge and experience in using Music Technology allows us to approach Schools,  the Curriculum, Music Hubs, Music Services, Organisations and individuals with a huge arsenal of tools, devices and instruments that can be adapted to meet the challenges and problems posed by the demands of providing a meaningful and relevant musical experience.


We understand that the demands upon the teacher make it increasingly difficult to get time to assimilate the Music Technology currently available and that making an informed choice of the appropriate App, software or instrument that would suit their students is bewildering. Even if that choice is made learning how it works, let alone how to use it effectively in the classroom, is an extremely time consuming process.


So Inclusive Music was formed to bring the expert into the classroom – in person or via simple step-by-step on-line video and text tutorials effectively taking the teacher and student through the learning process together.  Find our Courses here.

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About Inclusive Music and the People Behind Us

Phil Heeley | Music Technologist, Educator, Trainer, Teacher

Phil Heeley

Dedicated since 1984:  

Founder, Director, Music Technologist, Educator, Trainer, Teacher

Phil believes in the incredible power of music and through this, the potential for self-expression, growth and fulfillment. He has endeavored to enable access to these essential human needs throughout his 30 year career and has witnessed the healing and joy it brings.  He has chosen Music Technology as the medium for his work as it captures the imagination of children and adults and allows them to participate in the wonder and awe of making and performing music, no matter what the ability or disability.  His mantra: Access For All.


Phil’s consultancy include work with many Music Services, Ofsted, the BBC, QCA, eJay, Connexions, ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, BECTA – “Ask an expert”, Musical Futures, the Royal Opera House Bridge Project, theatre groups, children’s homes, youth clubs, drug dependent adults, the homeless and therapeutic communities.


He was workshop leader and mentor for the Trinity Guildhall CPD program and an Associate of Drake Music UK, the pioneer of Assistive Music Technology.  He conducts training for groups ranging from children with special needs to the elderly from different care homes who have had accidents or degenerative diseases.  Phil has also taught the Post Graduate Music Technology Course at Bath Spa University. He is currently pursuing opportunities to spread his expertise and mission to Singapore and Asia.


He is an active gigging musician playing in a live environment as well as writing and recording his own material in a wide variety of contemporary styles. His latest projects include music making video tutorial resources for teachers and students.


July 2014 - Musical Director of the “Enabled “event Singapore

A ground breaking event bringing together non-disabled and disabled musicians to perform using the latest Music Technology and traditional instruments. http://youtu.be/4eA_aya0lB0

Running “Train the Trainer” courses to bring awareness and build capability in Singapore.

Sept 2013-14 The Royal Opera House Bridge Project

Phil was consultant and external expert provider for this project which seeks to develop a participatory music education for children with special education needs, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, in special school settings in Luton, UK by providing appropriate adaptive music technology resources.  The aim is also to leave a legacy by training the teachers and support staff using the provided hardware and software.

Nov 2013-Present Associate Musician - Drake Music

“I am honoured and privileged to work in partnership with other members of Drake to deliver a wide range of bespoke workshops and performances for people with disabilities and special needs. With their 25 year experience I have learned a great deal and have also had the opportunity to share my methods, ideas and experience.”

2012 - 2013 Musical Futures

Phil was the Music Technology Consultant in developing and delivering “Find Your Voice – New vocal and music technology classroom strategies” from Musical Futures.  His charge was to lead the initiative to put access to the power of music in the hands of children via mobile technology.

Sep 2000 - 2011 Somerset Music Service

As Head of Rock, Pop and Music Technology, Phil was responsible for developing the delivery of Music Technology teaching in Somerset schools, running workshops and conferences as well as being part of the senior management team contributing to the overall development of the music service.  He also managed a team of instrumental teachers. He facilitated the SEN and children with disabilities annual performances at the Christmas concert to audiences of 1,000 at the Wells Cathedral which had a profound impact upon the families and the audience as well. His work contributed to the Somerset Music Service achieving “Outstanding” lessons on three separate occasions according to Ofsted.  During this time, he also designed and published the best selling Music Technology Education software package for Students and Teachers (Dance eJay for Schools)

1984 – 2000 Access to Music at Special Schools or Mainstream Schools and Youth Clubs

Phil worked with children and youths in schools across the UK, be they special schools or mainstream ones.  He either worked to develop and deliver an innovative and inclusive curriculum for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties and prepare them for GCSE examinations or to adapt the curriculum and devise resources to cater for the additional needs of the individual pupil.  He was also invited by Jason Thornton, Artistic Director of the Bath Philharmonic Orchestra to work with world renowned cellist Natalie Clein in a special school, delivering a day of interactive music making for disabled children.

David Ashworth has been helping teachers and their students use music technology effectively for over 20 years. He writes articles, blogs, gives conference and INSET presentations and makes highly regarded, best selling resources for many of the top organisations in music education. Recent clients include BBC, Music Sales, Scholastic and Rhinegold Publications.

He is the founder of the pioneering Teaching Music website, bringing music teachers together to share and collaborate in an online space.


At the national level, David has been involved in many of the recent music initiatives.  For the last five years he has successfully led the flagship ICT strategy, ICreaTe, which has had a major impact on the way primary and secondary schools use music technology in creative music making. His current research is focused on the use of mobile technologies in music education. 

I always think that it is really difficult to lead a technology day with teachers and satisfy the need for both hands on the technology and meaningful music making. You managed this brilliantly, spoke with real authority, and, importantly, you fulfilled the brief i.e. Using music technology…… musically.”

David Ashworth | Best Selling Resource in Music Education and Technology

David Ashworth

Curriculum Expert

Christine Willoughby

M.A. (Music in Education). LTCL  (Voice).  LGSMD (Voice)

Christine’s career has been devoted to music education.  She has been Director of Music in secondary, middle and primary schools, and has also worked in an advisory capacity for music in the Primary Phase.

She has also worked as an Ofsted Inspector for music.


Following her retirement from music education, Christine worked as an examiner in music for Trinity College, London.


Her main instrument is voice, and she has given recitals in Bristol, Bath and Wells and other venues in the South West.  Although now retired from solo performing, Christine still sings in choirs in Wells, Somerset, and in Cornwall, where she now lives.

Ben Sellers is a clarinettist, teacher and trainer based in Yorkshire. His practice focuses on composition and improvisation, often using technology, and often in SEN/D settings. Author of the textbook ‘Teaching Music with Band for iPad’, his approach and curricula are used by teachers across the world. Like his workshop leader heroes, he sees the music workshop as a space for personal and social transformation. In addition to his role as Associate Musician with Drake Music, partners have included the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Museum of London, WOMAD Festival and several UK Music Hubs. He prefers seagulls to cats.

Ben Sellers

Clarinettist, Teacher and Trainer

Our Course Instructors

Phil Heeley | Music Technologist, Educator, Trainer, Teacher
Phil Heeley
David Ashworth | Best Selling Resource in Music Education and Technology
David Ashworth
Christine Willoughby
Ben Sellers

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