CPD Days

In 2017 CMW were fortunate and very grateful to receive 4 years of funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to continue running and expand on our training project.

Throughout 2017 and 2018 we have been working hard to provide a quality service to new and experienced tutors, through Community Music Tutor training courses and Continued Professional Development days as well as placements and apprenticeships for newer tutors.

The following is a list of exciting upcoming CPD opportunities for practising tutors and practitioners.


22nd of February 2019

Advanced Rhythms with Ben Lawrence

Ben Lawrence was a cellist from the age of nine, studying music at Dartington College of Arts. He later trained as a Community Musician and helped to establish Community Music Wales with a group of like-minded musicians. He played and toured with the folk group ‘Aberjaber’ and percussion ensemble ‘Drum Orchestra’. He is a renowned teacher, having run music workshops across the country for over twenty five  years. In 1992 Ben studied for a year in West Africa and returns annually to Ghana, learning from some of Ghana’s leading performers and teachers. He is also the director of Ghana Goods, importing, and selling musical instruments.

Ben will run a day workshop teaching the basic skills required to play African (Ghanaian), drums, percussion and xylophone/Balafone. He will teach traditional rhythms and improvisational skills, working at the level of the group and looking at how tutors can adapt what they learn to use in varying community settings.

15th and 22nd of March

Songwriting Masterclass with Rich Parfitt

Richard J Parfitt is a musician, songwriter and HE Lecturer, who scored a number of top 40 hits in the 90s with the Welsh rock band 60 ft Dolls. Since then he has worked with Duffy, Dido, and McAlmont & Butler, and for the last ten years has worked in Popular Music studies, teaching at BIMM, Bath Spa University and the University of south Wales. These two workshops will look at the craft of song form and alternative approaches to writing. Bring your guitars, ideas and songs for a collaborative workshop performance and critique.

8th of March 2019

Personal and Business Development with Cliff Jones

Cliff Jones was the go to songwriter at EMI records, a musician best known as the front-man of Gay Dad, a journalist and producer with special interests in academic and personal development of non-traditional learners. He is Head of Music Business at BIMM Bristol but also a facilitator for creativity there too.

Cliff is an experienced music industry practitioner, working in business and creative management for artists within the music industry.

Cliff is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Authority

This session will explore solutions-focused approaches to problem-solving in business and teams.

29th of March

Musical Responses and Collaborative Experiments with Annie Gardiner, Dan Johnson and Cliff Jones

Annie Gardiner is someone who does a lot of music related things to earn a living - from songwriting for others and herself with her band Hysterical Injury, session bass playing and singing, producing and engineering in the DIY field and is senior lecturer at BIMM Bristol in music making and songwriting and facilitator in creativities

Dan Johnson is one half of critically acclaimed jazz noise duo Run Logan Run and is a very well respected drummer in the Bristol scene. He is also a facilitator for creativities at BIMM Bristol.

Cliff Jones was the go to songwriter at EMI records, a musician best known as frontman of Gay Dad, a journalist, producer and general mover and shaker. He is Head of Music Business at BIMM Bristol but also a facilitator for creativities there too.

Permission is one of the boundaries that have been found to have influence over how a studying artist navigates their creative process. An exploration into what permission is required for an artist to commit an artistic deed is central to what kind of work surfaces. In other words, an artist must voyage to the margins of acceptable behaviours to know what their personal limits are and to test those of the culture around them. Self-authorship depends on exploration of these boundaries and the kind of permission one needs to cross them.

This workshop will re-create a singular session from the MRCE where musical
improvisation will respond to a prepared piece while demonstrating the unique set of
boundaries and permissions for those taking part. The facilitators will have key
debrief questions for participants to explore in this unique space.