At the centre of the image is a caucasian man gesturing outwards, with a guitar on his lap. Between various colourful squiggles and dots, text reads: Thinking Spaces: The improvisation reading group and speaker series. Improvisation, devising, songwriting and creativity in inclusive music education. Phil Mullen. Tuesday October 25, 1pm Eastern Time." Thinking Spaces – October 2022

Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series is back! As our first session of the semester, we are pleased to present “Improvisation, devising, songwriting and creativity in inclusive musical education,” a talk by Phil Mullen. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 25 in person (Mackinnon 103 – Thinking Spaces returning to in-person sessions for the first time since early 2020!) as well as streamed online (via Zoom). A moderated Q&A will follow the talk.

Whether you’re attending in-person or online, please register via this link:

For those attending online: a Zoom link will be sent the day before the event.


In this session Phil Mullen will look at what inclusion/ exclusion in music education means, who gets excluded, the importance of different forms of improvisation and creativity for students experiencing barriers to education and how creativity can be an empowering force in young peoples’ lives.


Phil Mullen has worked for thirty-seven years developing music with people who are socially excluded. He specializes in working with excluded children and young people at risk. He has run workshops, seminars and training in 27 countries across Europe, North and South America, Australia and Asia. Since 2018 Phil has worked with 45 of England’s 122 music hubs, helping them develop strategic approaches to musical inclusion. Phil has a PHD from Winchester University and has written a number of book chapters on musical inclusion including for the Oxford Handbook of Community Music (2018). Phil’s book “Challenging Voices: Music making with young people excluded from school” is published by Peter Lang.

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