Defying disability... Conductology, where there is no such thing as no such thing.
Creating a world where EVERY child can play!
Welcome to the University of Conductology
What Conductology has done for others... it can do for YOU!
John, Marie, Jonathan and Shaun (Conductor.)
These four dedicated young Conductology enthusiasts blazed a path for others with disabilities to follow and enjoy. Members of the incredible Acoustronic music group,
Acoustronic have been appointed as Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) This bold and visionary appointment is a world-first. Acoustronic are the first inclusive ensemble to be appointed as ensemble in residence at a national music conservatoire anywhere in the world. They were the lead ensemble in the phenomenally successful Le Chéile Project, in the Athlone Institute of Technology.
The group have also been awarded the Northern Ireland People of the Year Award 2018 for their contribution to Art. And judging from the testimonials from all the musicians... they enjoyed every minute along the way!
This is not the end of the journey - this is just the beginning. This is where we focus on the economic and artistic potential of 1-in-7 people in Ireland. And the fact that these communities have until now, been excluded from participating in choirs, ensembles and orchestras not just in Ireland but the world over.
Unfortunately, in our modern society, people with disabilities continue to fight for inclusive and equal opportunities. They
face many barriers to access in all areas of life, including creative expression. Their capabilities are largely ignored.
Musical inclusion involves giving young people, who may otherwise be overlooked, the opportunity to explore, engage, and broaden their musical horizons. As well as musical engagement, it is widely recognised that musical participation has the potential to offer young people a range of emotional and social benefits (Pitts, 2005).
By participating in an inclusive music ensemble individuals have innovative opportunities to develop their musicality and a plethora of skills. By demonstrating achievements and celebrating success, perceptions around disability are challenged. Conductology (Ireland) Ltd will continue to provide these opportunities and give every child a chance to be the best that they can be.
Once upon a time...
... in Ireland ... and EVERYWHERE else...
It was inconceivable even a generation ago, that somebody with an intellectual disability or a physical disability inhibiting fine motor skills would be able to participate in an Orchestra. Orchestras had always been associated with the musical elite. Well.. NO MORE!
Once upon a time... in Ireland, the brand of disability that the general population had come to know was firmly rooted in shame, pity, charity, or at best the dramatisation of heroic efforts to simply function and be “normal.” Well... NO MORE! Now is the time to recognise capabilities and talent. Talent has no boundaries!
Shaun Healy: 23 year old Shaun cannot read or write, he has an "intellectual impairment," (he insists this is correct rather than 'intellectual disability,') suffers from anxiety, from Global Development Delay and has a tremor in his hands.
Like most people with disabilities ( 1 in 7 people in Ireland) he left school early, found it difficult to gain full-time employment, let alone a career. When interviewed by local media he described life before #Conductology as "living in a dark tunnel from which there seemed no escape."
Foyle Arts within the Magee Campus of Ulster University is where Dr Denise and Shaun researched for nearly six years to discover and prove the ground-breaking methodology, Conductology.
Now Shaun travels extensively, leading the award-winning Acoustronic ensemble and the Irish Conductology Inclusive Orchestra. As Conductor and as a Master Conductologist he trains tutors to teach the much sought-after Conductology Courses.
When Shaun plays... he has no tremors, is free from anxiety and is turbo-charged with a new self-confidence, self esteem. In demand, he loves addressing large audiences or helping others one-to-one. With caring empathy, he brings hope to other kids who 'till now may have been prohibited from participating in collaborative music-making and performance, for whom the opportunity to develop their artistic essence is currently barred .