Meet the team
Our experienced team of tutors have worked with Assistive Music Technology for over 30 years, working in a variety of settings including community groups, mainstream and SEN schools and higher education.
Founder and Tutor
Doug has a varied background, including mechanical engineering, professional studio applications and music, and was first involved with assistive technology in 1988.
For many years he has worked in Education, teaching on Music technology and Music Production courses up to degree level, and has been involved in writing and developing HE courses in these areas.
Alongside running inclusive music workshops he has used his engineering experience to adapt conventional instruments to be played more inclusively in new ways. He is also active in publicising the need for assistive music technology and education, including instigating a major article in industry-leading magazine Sound On Sound, and prompting the University of Huddersfield to create the Adaptive Music Technology Research Group.
He continues to work with disabled musicians and as briggsaccordions.com he also designs and expertly hand-builds innovative carbon fibre accordions.
Andy is a percussionist and double bass player specialising in Afro-Cuban music. He has been using assistive music technology since 1998 to make and teach inclusive music making in schools and community groups, and now currently works with Omnimusic.
Helena is the Programme Manager with OmniMusic, working alongside musicians and various partners to coordinate a range of creative music making projects.
She is also a Project Manager with Camerata in the Community, and an associate Project Manager with String of Hearts. In all of her work, Helena is passionate about developing a range of co-created arts programmes, ensuring that everyone involved has access to high quality musical experiences and the opportunity to be freely creative.
Photo: Rachel Bywater Photography