Reach the Stars and Musical Stars

Bespoke Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) focused music making

Jump down the page for Musical Stars – our weekly group for young people with additional support needs.

Reach the Stars

NMPAT’s Reach the Stars programme delivers practical music education with and for children and young people with additional needs, supporting Special Schools and DSP units (Designated Special Provision, in schools), throughout the county. 

Through Reach the Stars we work to advance the equality of opportunity for young people to participate and engage through practical music making activities, by providing bespoke delivery and resources which are appropriate for individuals with additional needs, including those with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and PMLD (Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities).

Participation in Reach the Stars enables young people to develop core life skills including confidence building, listening and working with and alongside other people, team work, nurturing communication and presentation skills, as well as engaging in a stimulating and creative activity.

Through these initiatives, young people can grow as individuals, which in turn contributes to enhancing confidence and self-esteem, increasing their concentration and attention span, and encourages social interaction.

NMPAT first piloted this programme in autumn 2017.  Participating schools have included Billing Brook Special School, Beanfield Primary, Corby Business Academy, East Hunsbury Primary, Fairfields Primary, Headlands Primary School, Kingsley Special Academy, Northgate School, Purple Oaks Academy, and Red Kite Academy.

  • 2 person project
  • 1 person project

For further information about Reach the Stars, please contact them at

Instrumental projects for special schools with primary children

We can provide each special school with a fully funded bespoke music project. Either a full Reach the Stars project or a First Access style programme, tailored to the needs of the students.

If you are either:

  • A special school scheduled for a Reach the Stars project, but would also like a 10 week instrumental project.
  • A school with a DSP unit, who have had a First Access project but would also like an additional First Access style project tailored for children with additional needs.

These can be purchased at:

  • 1 member of NMPAT staff working in partnership with your staff
  • 2 Members of NMPAT staff

Please indicate on the SLA return if you would like to be included in the programme this year and we will contact you for a discussion.

Small group and individual tuition

We can offer small group and individual attention for children with additional needs which will include the use of instruments, but not necessarily be focussed on any one instrument. These can be booked as an annual contract in Section A of the form at a cost of £40 per hour.

Schools who have completed a full Reach the Stars project can access the first 20 hours of continuation work with small groups of students at 50% discount.

Music Therapy

As part of the Reach the Stars programme, we are now able to offer Music Therapy as a service for schools and individuals.

Music Therapy sessions, with a qualified therapist are available at £50 per hour, with time allocated between the client and clinical reporting on a 2:1 ratio.

The nature of this work will be bespoke to each setting and individual. For a discussion to explore purchasing this service, please contact Gideon Malitskie

Musical Stars

Musical Stars is a weekly music group for school-aged young people with additional support needs. The group is run by NMPAT’s Reach the Stars team members Emily-May Roebuck and Lauren Partridge, assisted by a team of student volunteers.

This group gives the chance to explore and create through music to develop social and communication skills. No experience of music is necessary for participants. It’s about coming and making music together and having fun!


125 Kettering Road
Northampton, NN1 4AZ


Wednesday evenings 5pm to 6pm (weekly during term time)


The membership subscription is £40 per term

Places are limited, but you can register your interest by emailing with the name of your child, their age and a brief descriptions of needs, and we will advise you about availability of places.

Our funders

We are grateful for the support from our funders during 2019 to 2020.

"All children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument"

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