What is Createway?
Createway brings together the experience of music and art teacher, Keith Bell and music therapist, Emmeline McCracken to give a unique perspective on using creative arts to help pupils reach their full potential. We are passionate about learning creatively across the entire curriculum and are always looking for new ways to engage pupils in the learning process. We want to bring our passion and expertise to your learners in your classroom. Let us be the creative arts specialist in your pocket, all the time. Use our lessons to augment your own teaching, support your learners to achieve their best and further your own practice as you learn along with them.
With our ever expanding collection of video lessons in Art, Music, Drumming, Mindfulness and Movement (to name but a few), our collection of teacher courses to improve your own knowledge; on colour theory, note reading, artistic approaches, music theory, and our extensive collection of Lesson Level-ups to add to your own lesson plans (including soundscapes, focus activities, games and printables) there really will be no stopping your class! Oh, and we have fully integrated signing to make it inclusive and accessible for everyone.
Emmeline McCracken has been working as a music therapist for over six years. In 2014 she set up ELM Music Therapy which continues to be a success providing music therapy across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Emmeline works primarily with children with additional support needs, with challenging behaviour and with terminal diagnoses. This work takes place within local PMLD schools and ASN provisions and within the Royal Aberdeen Children’s hospital.
Emmeline enjoys working within a variety of settings and is always looking to broaden her outlook and understanding of music therapy in new contexts, particularly in the field of community music therapy.
As part of Emmeline’s undergraduate music degree she studied Music in the Community for two years and has since undertaken a large number of community music projects all over the world including Bosnia & Herzegovina and India. Her latest Community Music Therapy project in Aberdeen has been the Makaton Choir she set up at Orchard Brae School. Emmeline has completed all levels of her Makaton training and the Makaton and singing course and is always very keen to include the use of Makaton in her work to further enhance communication with clients.
Keith Bell has been working in creative arts education for over 15 years. In 2011 he launched The Rhythm Box music studio which continues to provide music workshops and one-to-one tuition in around 12 instruments through a total of 10 staff across two sites.
Keith works extensively with children with additional support needs, providing tuition through schools and charitable organisations as well as mainstream settings.
Keith holds a degree from Grays School of Art and has a keen interest in combining music and art together for a cross curricular approach to teaching creative arts and the larger curriculum as a whole. This artistic background combined with his experience as a session musician for theatre productions and his time as a choir conductor give him a unique mix of skills to apply to tuition.
He has applied this experience to school tuition in both mainstream and ASN provisions. He is also passionate about growing the talent of young musicians, and has been involved in many community projects with groups including; The Gaitherin, Scottish Culture and Traditions, Woodend Barn and Aberdeen International Youth Festival.