YES I CAN!
Registered Charity in England & Wales
. . . . making Music Clear and Great Fun
for Blind and Visually Impaired Children,
Young People and Adults . . . .
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".
One of our Taster Lesson Days
To inspire potential young musicians we run 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.
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 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.
8 to any Age - there's no upper limit!
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!
"POIROT" played on the
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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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 a woodwind or brass 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, now and in the future; without barriers to learning or performance, enabling and inspiring a fully-inclusive musical world for all.
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