YES I CAN!
Registered Charity in England & Wales
YES I CAN! charity
. . . . making Music Clear, Great Fun
and Fully Inclusive
for Blind and Visually-impaired
Children, Young People and Adults
Praise and support from Lord David Blunkett on 24th July, 2019 . . . .
"I commend your efforts as this is an absolutely crucial element in
developing confidence and expression as well as helping socially".
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.
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, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba.
We're very proud to be Partnered with the Blatchington Court Trust in Hove, East Sussex, where we held one of our "Taster Lesson" days on Sunday, 28th July 2019.
You can see how it went on our EVENTS page.
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.
Adults and retired people can start at any age!
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 with our YES I CAN! Charity we're changing that!
"POIROT" played on the
Notes are learnt by the 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 . . . .
Totally inclusive and without barriers
- sighted or not - we can ALL make music together!
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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/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!
We are committed to giving our pupils the absolute best start in learning a woodwind or brass instrument; a skill which
will stay with them for life and can be
used just as fun through to it being a profession.
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,
now and in the future; without barriers to learning or performance, enabling a fully-inclusive musical world for all.
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