AIR - My Music Ability: Inclusive Composing

Artists in Residence: Drake Music Scotland

22-25 November 2023 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Following two successful AIR projects on Inclusive Music Practices in 2018 and 2021, we are happy to welcome Drake Music Scotland back for a residency from the 22nd to the 25th of November 2023.

Drake Music Scotland is a leading and award-winning arts organisation in the field of Inclusive Music Practices. Their mission is to create opportunities for musicians and composers with disabilities to learn, create and perform music and engage in creative processes. Music technology plays an important part in their work.

During a 4-day workshop programme, guest teachers Pete Sparkes and Ali Gillies will share their knowledge and experience in composing for and playing in an inclusive ensemble that consists of musicians with and without disabilities. Working with inclusive music technology and adaptive instruments, as well as discovering ways of co-creating for diverse ensembles will be important elements of the programme.


Symposium | Arts beyond Ableism: Arts, Education and Disability Justice 

25 November 2023

The AIR project will be concluded by a symposium to which everyone interested is invited.
Learn how artists and teachers can contribute to unlearning ableism in arts, education and society and discuss what it means to practice an intersectional approach to access, inclusion and equity. Presenters include: Sins Invalid; RDM Danslab (Damar Lamers); shy*play (Aster Arribas and Antje Nestel); On Access Intimacy (Mira Thompson); My Music Ability (Melissa Bremmer and Debby Korfmacher). 

See the complete program here.

Arts Beyond Ableism a collaboration between ATD Lectorate and research group Arts Education of the AHK. It is part of the Thematic Collaboration Program (TCP) of the AHK. 

9:30-17:00h Conservatorium van Amsterdam 
From 14:00-15:00h there will be a concert presentation of the project at CvA Blue Stage.
Please register here for the symposium before November 14th.

As a participant in the AIR ‘Inclusive Composing’ you would:

  • gain tools to work inclusively as a composer and musician
  • gain experience in co-creative processes in composing
  • learn how to integrate new technologies in (quality) compositions and arrangements
  • get to work and perform as a composer, musician and musical leader together with people with a variety of disabilities

To get an impression of the last AIR My Music Ability with Drake Music Scotland, please see the video My Music Ability 2021 on the right.

The programme is a joint initiative of the Music in Education and Composition Departments, but it is also open to students from other departments (subject to space!).

22-25 November 2023

For whom
Ba and Ma students from all departments interested in inclusive music making.

Only a limited number of students can participate in this project! If you would like to take part, send an email to with your personal motivation.

Previous editions of My Music Ability