Welcome Sessions for young adults (17 – 25) with diverse learning needs and disabilities

Where: Box Hill Community Arts Centre,  470 Station St, Box Hill (Melbourne, Australia)
When: Each Thursday evening 7.30 – 9pm, starting on May 26
Who: Young musicians (ages 17 – 25) with a disability and/or diverse learning need
Which instruments: Keyboard, violin, cello, guitar, mandolin, harp, ukulele, flute, tin whistle, bodhran. Ukuleles will be provided for those who don’t have an instrument. Please let us know in advance if you need one. 
Fee: It’s free – covered by donations to the Keys of Life program

These social music-making sessions will offer young adults an opportunity to come together and play music in the style of a traditional Celtic session. Music will be learnt aurally and the Welcome Sessions will also offer an opportunity to socialise in a safe setting. Many young people with disabilities leave school and have difficulties finding opportunities to connect with other young people, so we are hoping that these sessions will give opportunities for them to meet other young musicians and create some new friendships.

Keys of Life is a music charity that enables students with disabilities or diverse learning needs to flourish through music, that trains music teachers and therapists to cater to the unique abilities of their students,  and which brings together children, parents and teachers to share their knowledge,  their experience and their joy of music.


It really is just a chance to use music as a tool for a social outlet, coming together and having a  group to meet with once a week, especially for young people who, once they’ve finished school, might not feel there is much happening around them, hence the name, ‘Welcome Sessions’.

Judy Oleinikov, tutor

Here’s a great article about the Welcome Sessions, by Deb Carveth of Community Music Victoria, about how these sessions came to fruition.

Read the full article here