Our workshops are long-term projects the benefit many children with special needs, especially those who face isolation, social deprivation and have low self-esteem. Each school or disability organisation takes part in our programme of workshops for around two years’ continuously working alongside professional singers, to cultivate the children’s abilities and skills, encouraging them to be ambitious about their future.
In addition, smaller groups of the most talented students are offered further training in separate, more frequent sessions. These groups work on specific elements such as breathing and singing techniques.
"Some students have sensory difficulties – they are overcoming them in this setting. They are communicating through music and producing something together." (Teacher)
"I found out I was brave like taking part with the singers, and say what I feel." (Student)
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Individual music training is at heart of everything we do. Music of Life provides over 400 individual music lessons per year for children and young people aged 7-25 with a wide range of disabilities. We carefully match our students with highly-qualified teachers who deliver weekly or bi-weekly lessons at students’ homes, schools or music studios and monitor their progress closely through our evaluation programme.
In addition to lessons, our support includes provision of professional accompanists, contribution to the cost of instruments, music software, subscriptions to specialist music & academic resources, exam fees, adapted transport and access costs.
Children's Concerts Spring and Summer 2015
In our concerts we welcome any child regardless of age or ability, to share their passion for music with others and enjoy the unique sense of achievement that only a live performance can bring. Children and young people with and without disabilities perform together and professional musicians are taking part as accompanists and to end each concert with a fine (and fun!) selection of classical music.
Concerts are held twice a term at an accessible venue in Central London near Baker Street. Forthcoming concert dates are:
Saturday 16 May
• there is no selection process, no membership fees to pay
• the application process is quick and easy
• we do anything and everything to accommodate the needs of any performer
• there is no competition, or comparison, just loads of encouragement and support
• in the audience, we welcome families with children of any age, including babies.
Spring and summer term 2015 concert dates:
Saturday 16 May (applications closing date 1 May)
Sunday 21 June (applications closing date 5 June)
1. Entry is free subject to availability and open to children of any age, instrumentalists or singers, including ensembles. (Please be reasonable and only submit entries for children who will be confident enough to finish their piece)
2. To enter please email to Maria Teterina at email@example.com and tell us:
• your contact email and mobile number
• the musician's full name, age, instrument(s) and level
• the selection of pieces to be performed with approximate timings
• the number of tickets you require
• any special / access requirements
• whether an accompanist is required (subject to availability and enough notice)
Guildford Choral Society
"To start with, Claire didn’t know where to sit. She was unsure of what to do with her score, but she picked this and many other protocols up with the support of individuals in the choir, along the way, encouraging and showing her the right way to do things. GCS has been the most successful project for Claire so far resulting in increased confidence as well as better understanding of social situations."
Natalia Doran, mother of Claire Doran, Music of Life beneficiary who has been member of GCS for over 5 years.
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‘Pupils are generally more enthusiastic towards music as a result of Music of Life workshops... They are much more confident and enthusiastic in lessons, leading to greater participation. Apart from developed skills in singing, listening and memory, pupils have had an insight into the musical world e.g. music as a profession, music as a positive experience.'
Head of Music at Round Oak School, Warwick
Claire Doran, who we've been supporting since 2008.
Our commitment to children and young people like Claire above is for the long-term. We want to be with her at every step of her musical journey so she receives the support she needs to realise her ambition. She was born with a love and talent for music and a passion to make her musical dreams come true. She was also born on the Autistic spectrum. We've been able to be there for Claire thanks to support such as yours. We'd like to be with her for as long as she needs us to be.
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The way we work
• Providing a range of inclusive and diverse musical activities for all ages and all abilities that, over time, ends in a live performance for an audience
• Providing young people that show exceptional musical talent with bespoke individual support appropriate to their needs and abilities.
• We specifically chose our music teachers for their skill in teaching pupils with disability.
• We create and facilitate master classes, workshops, concerts and gala events.
• We provide individual lessons using our own network of music teachers.
• We provide the most outstanding musicians from our programme with long-term support to feature regularly in concerts and further pursue a musical education.
• We provide access for young musicians with disability to enjoy making music alongside professional and amateur musicians.
• We work in partnership with leading UK music organisations to increase the effectiveness of what we can offer.
Music of Life Foundation was established in 2003 by Maria Teterina, the Russian pianist and a graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music. The Foundation provides professional musical training and public performance opportunities for musically gifted children and young people who have a physical disability or special educational needs.
Maria was inspired by her parents’ charity World of Art Foundation Mir Iskusstva in Russia. It is considered one of the most pioneering artistic and educational schemes and sustainable charitable projects in Russia; since 1997 it has helped over 15,000 children across the Russian Federation and other countries. In 2012 Vladislav Teterin was nominated by the government of the Russian Federation for the Nobel Peace Prize 2013 for his work.
Maria Teterina, CEO
The inspiration for Music of Life came from the charity that Maria's parents run in Russia to give talented young people with disabilities chances to perform in gala concerts.
Maria is responsible for Music of Life's educational strategy and concert programmes as well as developing new partnerships.
Maria is married to a Russian pianist Alexey Kapichnikov. They have three children.
James runs auditions, individual music lessons and leading many choral workshops for us.
“The workshop James ran with a group of professional singers to around 60 of our students and staff was simply amazing! The children were in awe of the sound produced by live classical singers and were immediately inspired to join in, even those who primarily remain silent in singing sessions. Many of our students are from homes that would not access this kind of music and it was delightful to observe their immediate reactions and their obvious enjoyment. This is something that we would like more of …please!” Jane Brown, Music Leader, The Park School, Woking
James is a Choir Trainer for the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and an Assistant Conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, among many other appointments.
Gavin’s teaches our student bass singer and talented composer Thomas Blumire and runs choral workshops for some of our other students.
“Thomas’ singing teacher Gavin employed a range of techniques to get the best out of his limited breath. They’ve built up a strong relationship andthe experience has made Thomas feel like he absolutely deserves the attention that Music of Life gives him. ” Karen Blumire, mother of Thomas Blumire
Gavin has sung with The King’s Consort, The BBC Singers, The Cambridge Singers and has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Opera House and recorded Karl Jenkins’ Requiem for EMI classics.
He is currently the Director of Music at St. Augustine’s, Queensgate in South Kensington.
When Amy is not singing, she works as a singing teacher at The Hall Boys' School and as freelancer in music education.
“Amy Wood is great. She has inspired them so much, they keep talking about the sessions with her, and it seems the whole school is now humming the tunes from Vivaldi Gloria all the time!” Neil Clark, Headteacher, Stepping Stones School
Amy studies singing with Gary Coward and has a busy schedule of performances.
Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE, Music of Life Foundation
"The great feature that we have within Music of Life is that the youngsters are given an excellent platform to develop and display their musical aptitude alongside seasoned professional musicians and share with them the responsibility and the sense of occasion. This experience has a great impact that doesn’t just last for the length of the rehearsal or the length of the concert but becomes a life-changing thing for many people, including myself.’‘
Evelyn became Music of Life Patron in December 2005 following three concerts she performed with the Foundation's young participants in Moscow, St. Petersburg and London. Exceptional talents, determination and stamina of Music of Life's beneficiaries made Evelyn willing to associate her name with our charity and its work that echoes with her own passionate belief in the importance of accessibility of music for all children and support for musicians with disabilities.
Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007 Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion by creating performances of such vitality they almost constitute a new type of performance.
For more about the extraordinary life and work of Dame evelyn Glenie evelyn.co.uk
Denise Leigh is the winner of channel 4's Operatunity: a nationwide search to find an amateur singer who could sing the role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto at the home of ENO, the London Coliseum.
Since her operatic debut in 2003 Denise has gone on to sing all over the world, appearing in opera and oratorio throughout Europe. She has recorded two best selling albums on the EMI Classics label, and continues to appear regularly on TV and radio.
Denise was honoured to have performed as headline talent in the London 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony, in a newly commissioned work by Errollyn Wallen, entitled Spirit in Motion with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Charles Abell.
Denise was a Trustee for Music of Life Foundation for over two years. From October 2012 Denise has assumed, alongside Dame Evelyn Glennie, the role of a Patron for Music of Life.
As well as Dame Evelyn Glenie and Denise Leigh, Music of Life's work is championed in many ways by some of the most illustrious artists of our time - Evgeny Kissin, Dmitry Hvorostovsky and Martyn Brabbins.
Ray Longbottom (Chair)
She works as an in-house lawyer for a leading scientific and medical publisher and is also on the boards of Carlton Vale Infants School and London Legal Support Trust.
She was inspired to get involved with Music Of Life after seeing the benefits that being involved with music has given to her daughter who plays with Animate Orchestra and has a disability.