YES I CAN!
Registered Charity in England & Wales
Praise and support from Lord David Blunkett . . . .
"I commend your efforts as this is an absolutely crucial element in
developing confidence and expression as well as helping socially".
AUGUST 2020 - IMPORTANT LOCKDOWN UPDATE
EVERYONE'S LIVES HAVE CHANGED
Sadly musical instrument education throughout the world changed dramatically with COVID-19 and it will be many months, if not longer given the current situation and potential second waves before face-to-face lessons can resume. And equally so for our Blind and Visually Impaired pupils from children through to adults of any age, so to help, we have developed a "Learn Music by Ear" tuition facility to help and inspire blind and visually impaired people worldwide to continue to practise, learn new pieces, perform online and be motivated in these difficult times - free of charge - worldwide.
Please click here for full details about our
LOCKDOWN OR NOT - FACT . . . .
Sadly there is very little structured woodwind and brass tuition for blind and visually impaired children, young people and adults anywhere in the UK . . . .
. . . . BUT IN THE LOCKDOWN TOO WE'RE CHANGING THAT!
We are passionately dedicated to teaching blind and visually impaired Children, Young People and Adults in community environments to play Woodwind & Brass Instruments; Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Cornet, Horns, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium and Tuba without barriers to learning or performance, enabling and inspiring a fully-inclusive musical world for all.
ONE OF OUR LESSON TASTER DAYS
To inspire potential young musicians in 2019 we ran Taster Lesson Days and here is one at Blatching Court's Late Summer BBQ at Hove Cricket Ground in September. Music is fun and being blind or visually impaired is no barrier to learning an instrument.
YES I CAN!
"YES I CAN!" is a Charity registered in England & Wales (number 1182001) and educationally led by one of its Trustees, Chris Waters, shown here. In November 2009, Chris won the Classic fM UK Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year award which was presented to him at The Royal Albert Hall.
8 TO ANY AGE -
THERE'S NO UPPER AGE LIMIT!
A pre-Lockdown photo . . . . We start children from 8 years, enabling them to play, perform individually or in bands and take Associated Board of the Royal Schools' of Music grade exams, but most importantly having fun whilst doing so; now and in later life, integrating with their sighted peers. Adults and retired people can start at any age!
OUR CHARITY PARTNERS
We're very proud to be Partnered with the Blatchington Court Trust in Hove, East Sussex. You can see the great enthusiasm for learning on our 2019 EVENTS page.
Sadly there are of course no 2020 Events, which is why we've developed our LEARN MUSIC BY EAR free online service to help and inspire.
THE "POIROT" THEME
played on the Alto Saxophone
Notes are learnt by our pupils a few bars at a time and memorised. All musicians, sighted or not can play music from memory, so being blind or visually impaired is no barrier whatsoever to leaning and playing an instrument. Just listen to our musical arrangement and backing track of part of the theme tune to "Poirot", so beautifully played.
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One of our lovely pre-Lockdown Bands . . . .Totally inclusive and without barriers. Sighted or not, we can ALL make music together! We are committed to giving our pupils the absolute best start in learning an instrument; a skill which will stay with them for life and can be used just for social fun through to it being a profession.
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This video is about Chris Waters, the Educational Lead and one of the Trustees at the YES I CAN! Charity. With a mix of sighted and blind and visually impaired pupils, this video shows the high quality inspirational lessons which won Chris the Classic fM Award and are commented on by his pupils and their parents and grandparents!
YES I CAN!
set to music . . . .
Channel 4's amazing video produced for the Rio Olympics shows that despite disabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . YES THEY CAN!
It features blind and visually impaired and disabled musicians accompanying blind and visually impaired and disabled athletes, dancers, parents, children and a host of people living with disadvantages without barriers, most importantly making a success of their lives and inspiring others.
Thank you for your interest in our YES I CAN! Charity. We're passionate about teaching blind and visually impaired children, young people and adults how to play woodwind and brass instruments which will make a positive impact in all aspects of their lives, even more so now and in the future in these very difficult timers for everyone; without barriers to learning or performance, enabling and inspiring a fully-inclusive musical world for all.
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