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Fryedmusic is synonymous with Community Arts and Education and its mission is to offer equal opportunities through music. For the past 16 years we've brought high quality music workshops and education to a wide range of settings; from casual drop-in sessions in a pub to intensive work in Neuro-Disability hospitals.

'Soundbeam' workshop, Project Mundesi, Albania

'Soundbeam' workshop, Project Mundesi, Albania

Recording at workshop in Project Mundesi, Albania

Recording at workshop in Project Mundesi, Albania
Integrated Arts are at the core of Fryedmusic. Communities worldwide are made up of people living with and without disabilities and this fact is reflected in our work. Some of the arts organisations Fryedmusic has worked with include:

  • The Drake Music Project - a technology-based organisation working with disabled musicians using instruments such as 'Soundbeam' motion sensor midi-controller.

  • The Orpheus Centre - The brainchild of Richard Stilgoe this is a residential centre for young disabled people. Fryedmusic was at the heart of the creative team during the centre's beginnings and took integrated arts shows twice to The Glastonbury Festival and twice to The Notting Hill Carnival, winning top non-Afro-Caribbean entry.

  • Share Music Sweden - a truly international partnership. Offering residential and non-residential courses and training to both disabled and non-disabled artists and practitioners in performing arts and multimedia. We have been working together since 2002 and facilitate our work not only in Sweden but also in the Balkans - Project Mundesi. This special project is raising issues of disability and integration in one of the poorest regions of Europe: Kukes, Albania. (

  • Creative Partnerships - a project mediating between creative practitioners and schools to devise creative solutions and new thinking in education. Fryedmusic took the role of Creative Practitioner in several schools and devised a highly successful 'Music & Maths' course for yr2 students with yr6 mentoring.

  • Fryedmusic works independently in schools and PRUs providing songwriting and recording workshops. We believe in the empowerment of groups by creating together and taking ownership of their creations by making recordings thus providing legacy to these projects.

    Reward by Award

    For the past three academic years, Mike Fry has been working with the Workers' Education Association (WEA) providing both music and drama classes to adults with learning and or physical disabilities (LDD Education). The Southern branch of the WEA, where Mike works, have seen such outstanding development in Mike’s students that they nominated Mike for the National Awards Scheme "Tutor of the Year" award. Narrowly missing out on the national award Mike received the Southern Region award. Mike was very moved to have received this award and to receive the recognition of his unending commitment to Access for All.

    Further to this award the WEA felt that Mike’s story with his students demanded greater recognition and have nominated Mike for the national Adult Learners' Week (ALW) Awards. We wait with baited breath to bring you further news but a nomination in itself is a great testimony to any teacher's portfolio.

    The proud winner

    The proud winner

    Mike's certificate

    Mike's certificate

    And the award goes to...

    And the award goes to...
    “If you give people amazing opportunities, they will do amazing things.”

    Mike is the first tutor I’ve met with his own motto, and it succinctly sums up why I’m nominating him for an Adult Learners’ Week Award. Regardless of age, ability or background, Mike believes in people, and wants to use his own gift – music – to improve their lives.

    Mike is a talented and caring music tutor who is passionate about enabling everyone to participate in and enjoy music. Based at the WEA’s Omega Centre in Portsmouth, Mike predominantly works with students who have a range of learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD). His innovative use of technology, such as Soundbeam products and iPad apps, makes music fun and accessible for students who would be excluded from participating when using traditional instruments.

    Mike dedicates a huge amount of time towards the planning and preparation of his sessions, which perfectly balance structure with pragmatism and improvisation. One of his most popular WEA courses is called Music for Fun, which gives LDD students the opportunity to experiment with a range of instruments and sounds. Each term, the group collaborates on a piece of music or soundscape for the drama group.

    Mike’s excellent tutoring goes way beyond functional lesson planning and delivery. He passionately believes in the transformative power of music and teaches from the heart. He is a participant in his sessions and sees himself merely as a facilitator, respecting and defending the right of students not to participate if they so choose. He is a highly-effective organiser and it is clearly evident that learning, fun and enjoyment is taking place in his classes.

    Mike's enthusiasm and innovation in his classes has resulted in a significant increase in students joining his courses. Support workers who attend report positively to external groups and local partners, which leads to greater demand.

    Whilst he has access to some very modern technology including iPads and a range of apps, Mike is exceptional at improvising and using any available resources. He uses an array of instruments, including bongos, electric guitar, tambourines, and shakers. He teaches students how to make absorbing sound loops using a sampler which records and plays back any sound, which everyone finds really exciting.

    Mike makes all his students feel welcome and he provides a safe and relaxed atmosphere. He is certainly a role model to other tutors who work with LDD students. He is a patient and highly committed tutor, and an enormous asset to the WEA. He is loved by students and staff alike, and we feel incredibly lucky to have him.

    Many of the learners attending Mike’s classes come from day care settings where interaction between some of their clients has been minimal. Since attending Mike’s classes support staff have reported a marked improvement in interaction between attendees both during class and in home settings.

    Mike has been able to provide many of his students with up to date information on iPad apps that are aiding interactions in classes and more significantly in outside situations.

    The parents of one of Mike’s students have indicated that since being inspired to use the iPad and various apps that have been suggested that he is now using his iPad and learning a whole new way of communication at a level they had not anticipated.

    One of Mike’s "Reaching Out" groups in Chichester are now regularly performing musical drama productions in the community and have experienced a huge upturn in confidence as a result. Mike has taken time to approach the University of Chichester’s music department and has secured Degree student participation to further enhance this group’s activities with the hope of a larger, joint performance in the University’s own performing arts program.

    Mike delivers two very different sessions as part of a group called WRAP which is a drop-in for adults with learning difficulties and his contributions to the groups are priceless.

    He delivers the sessions with amazing enthusiasm and commitment to his belief of inclusive learning and enjoyment, and truly empowers all the students no matter what limitations they may have.

    His use of technology such as iPad, Soundbeam and various amazing apps has empowered many of our physically impaired to such a great extent that the growth in confidence and participation in the sessions has increased beyond belief, I am certain, through talking to the students, that they have had the opportunity to take part in and contribute to music they thought beyond their reach.

    Mike has the ability to make his students lead the groups, facilitating and supporting decision making and input on an individual basis, for some of our students this empowerment has had a really positive reflection not only within the group, but also in their confidence in day to day living.

    There is also a more traditional side to the groups. Some of our older students benefit greatly from the use of nostalgic music; instruments that are easily indentified, tunes from the past that trigger memories and often prompt interaction, remembering occasions that brought joy. We have had several very emotional encounters with students who suddenly emerge for a short time from the place that is dementia to reconnect with a distant memory. It takes someone very special to be able to give that; Mike Fry is that person.

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