The Joining In Musical Inclusion day with Count Me In, January 30th was a great success.  Jane Harwood, one of the workshop leaders reflects on the workshop here:Reflecting, understanding, and sharing - working in a teamLeading a training day for other professionals, who come from a range a backgrounds and experiences, forces you to reflect on what you do - pick it apart - and boil it down into a cohesive presentation. How to bring those multiple strands together and make sense of them? We work as a team of three independent music leaders who deliver the project together, using an interconnected approach.Our Youth Music ‘fund B’ project, AllStars, creates opportunities for learning disabled young musicians and their peers, and professionals, to explore different aspects and outcomes of music through playing together – ‘music education by encounter’. It’s fun being part of a team of music leaders. As musicians our job is to scaffold the music in the group whilst waiting our turn to lead.Each session has its own identity, atmosphere and conclusion depending on who is there.When we were planning for the 'Joining In' training this Saturday, we started with the premise that we bring three different approaches to the whole. Musical inclusion The day was about approaches to 'musical inclusion'. Between us, we have a range of expertise. We know that these approaches come together to make something unique, that works – we just needed a good way to capture it.Discussing, explaining, and doing seemed the obvious way – plenty of playing. The room was full of instruments.To keep things clear we focused on the AllStars  'musical inclusion' approaches:•Alex Lupo, as a music therapist, concentrated on the personal outcomes, the process-based approach;•Russ Stanley, as a musician, explored about musical outcomes, and enabling everyone to be included in a musical process;•Jane Harwood, as a community music leader, focused about social outcomes, participation and communication. Together we re-affirmed and supported each other’s methods, whilst describing our broad and cohesive approach - we presented a toolkit for informal music education. Some feedback:'fundamental, free, expressive, understandable' 'Inspiring and eye opening'  'It made me realise what a variety of things music does and has taught me not to be so regimented with music.' 'Makes you think outside the box.'  'Amazing, I learned a lot. I learned, what is music.'   'Life affirming - opened my eyes to a different type of work.'' 'Brilliant fun. Exceptionally skillful and experienced leaders, thank you.'  Through planning and delivering this day, as a team we learned a lot by reflecting and sharing.A great experience. We’re looking forward to offering more training in the near future. - @HeartBeatsNews