Plug & Play

Plug And Play is an organisation set up by Lee Chaos bringing together music leaders who specialise in using music technology and music making activities to engage young people from challenging backgrounds and circumstances.

The organisation combine music technology, computers, conventional instruments and voice to provide opportunities for young people with disabilities or behavioural difficulties to perform, record, and express themselves.

Regardless of age, ability or previous experience with music, Plug And Play can provide the technology and expertise to ensure an exciting and enjoyable musical experience that will improve self-confidence, improve team-working skills and give the opportunity for self-expression.


“We have had Lee Chaos coming to do music sessions at our Allsorts Saturday youthclubs in Stroud and cam for over 2 years now. Lee is always ready to accept children and young people with any disability and is experienced at working with children on the Autistc spectrum who often can have challenging behaviour. Lee is affordable, patient and reliable and always gives 100% to the kids in our sessions.
He turns up in a wacky car they love with a small suitcase – it opens up like Mary Poppin’s carpet bag to reveal an array of electronic wonders including Soundbeam equipment for children with limited physical movement, and recording facilities for the keen singers we have. We nnever know how he fits everything in his case! Lee’s music sessions really help our young people express themselves and working with him and other youngsters gives them a real sense of creative achievement as he lets them play back the recordings they have made together. I would thoroughly recommend Lee to other clubs and schools as he is a natural enabler and always calm and smiling with all our young people.”

Melanie Paraskeva, Children and young people’s coordinator, Allsorts


Plug And Play believe that everyone has the ability to engage with music making in some way.  We use adaptive music technologies, switches, beams and other interfaces to enable everyone to engage, whatever physical, emotional or social barriers they face. One of our team is specialist at working with children and young people who have difficulties in communication, including those with no speech and limited ability to indicate choices. We can also work in different ways with those on the autistic spectrum or with high energy and limited concentration spans.

We are able to provide sessions of any length or duration from one-off short taster sessions to extensive accredited programmes of education, and have experience of delivering BTEC, NCFE and Arts Award qualifications in schools, colleges and pupil referral units, as well as working with Special Schools and specialist out of school providers.

All Plug And Play staff are Musicleader trained, CRB checked, and have experience of working with a range of children and young people from within and beyond the mainstream. Activities can be tailored to the specific needs of your organisation and we are extremely adaptable, specialising in delivery that is driven by the interests and passions of the young people we work with. All have extensive experience of working with children and young people with physical disabilities, Autistic Spectrum disorders and other learning & behavioural difficulties.

Plug And Play is supported by the Gloucestershire Music Forum, which features representatives from the Gloucestershire Music Service, the University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire College, Musicleader, Forest Music Makers, Wired and the Gloucester Guildhall.

If you would like to discuss the ways in which Plug And Play can work with your organisation, contact Lee Holder on
07929 080319 or email lee.chaos@gmail.com

These sessions are run under the management of The Music Works.

Charity no. 1106979 Company no. 5195345
Registered Office: 40 Boxbush Road, Coleford, Glos GL16 8DN


“Lee has run sessions for us at Family Fun Days and in dedicated music weeks on our Of Course We Can programme. At these events he has worked with a wide cross-section of disabled children and young people, successfully engaging them alongside their non-disabled peers in different kinds of music-making.
You don’t have to be able to pick something up and play it with Lee – he can also help you to conjure up sound electronically with whatever level of ability you may have. Lee is both good fun and a committed thinker about how best to support young people to surprise themselves by what they are able to achieve.”

Philip Douch, Active Impact


 

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