Community Music Wales

Community Music Tutoring- Online Introductory Training

 Who is it for?

  • Musicians (self -taught or formally trained) who are new to leading groups and would like to learn some skills and techniques to run effective, inclusive workshops.
  • Community music tutors who would like to refresh their skills or gain some new ideas for their community workshops.
  • Those who already work in the community and would like to start to use music in their existing work.

When will it happen?

October 2020.  The course will take place part time, over 3 weeks.  Each session will last between 1.5 and 2 hours, using Zoom video software. 

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What will you learn?

This is an introductory course which will give you a good grounding in some of the essential skills and knowledge you need to run music workshops in a range of community settings. We hope that it will provide the first steps in your ongoing development as a community music tutor.

Sessions will cover topics such as: What is Community music?: Effective teaching skills: How to avoid or deal with difficult situations in workshops: Creating new material: Songwriting with community groups. Practicalities of working as a community musician.

There will be a mixture of practical workshops, discussion, individual study and small group exercises. 

Course Outline

Tuesday 6th October 19.00 – 20.30pm 

Session 1

Introduction to Community Music

Introduction to established models describing what is meant by Community music,

Explore and discuss with others their own approach to Community Music

Wednesday 7th October 10.30am to 12.45 pm (including a break)

Session 2

10.30 to 11.30 am

How people learn

Introduction to some established models of how people learn,

Exploration of the implications of understanding the different ways that people learn

Adapting teaching style to accommodate a range of learning preferences to maximise the effectiveness of teaching

Session 3

11.45am to 12.45pm

Preparing to teach (1 to 1)

The session will cover the process of planning a session to suit a learner’s musical preferences and abilities.

Participants will then lead a short one-to-one musical session with one other person, followed by feedback and whole group discussion about any issues raised.

Tuesday 13th October 7.00 to 8.30pm 

Session 4

Creating new material to use with groups

Practical session including small group exercises creating new workshop material to suit specific groups or particular musical aims.

Wednesday 14th October 10.30am to 12.30pm

Session 5

Song-writing with groups

A practical session, giving participants the chance to write a song on their own based on material gathered from the group.

Involves pairs and individual work and optional performance/sharing at the end.

Tuesday 20th October 19.00 to 20.30pm

Session 6

Safe voice use for community musicians

Discussion and small group exercises exploring ways to stay safe and keep others safe.

Wednesday 21st October 10.30am to 12.45pm (including a break)

Session 7

10.30am to 11.30am

Planning to avoid tricky situations

Discussion and small group exercises exploring strategies for avoiding difficult situations in workshops

Session 8

11.45am to 12.45pm

Practicalities of being a community music tutor 

Question and answer session on the practicalities of beginning and sustaining work as a community musician.

About the Trainer

Sarah Harman is a song-writer and regular performer, running two community choirs in South and Mid Wales sessions and works with people with mental health issues, breathing difficulties and people with dementia. 

With a strong belief that leading workshops requires considerable skill, awareness and planning, Sarah has developed workshop materials and exercises to help tutors gain the ability and learn techniques for leading effective, inclusive and inspirational workshops.

Sarah has been designing and running training for workshop leaders and voice teachers since the early ‘90s, and worked as Training Manager for Community Music Wales for whom she continues to design and run regular training for new and experienced community music tutors.



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