Tutor Training

Community Music in Mental Health Settings

Who is it for?

Community musicians with some experience of workshop leading in community settings, who would like to increase their knowledge and skills to work in mental health settings.
Musicians with experience as Mental Health professionals or service users who would like to bring their musical experience into mental health settings.
The course will cover:
• Creating, adapting and leading appropriate musical activities for people with mental health problems

• Increasing confidence in working with vulnerable or distressed people
• Understanding the boundaries of the role of a community musician; what is and isn’t your responsibility, when to ask for help.
• How to include and empower people in groups
• An introduction to some of the issues faced by mental health service users.
• Group leadership and development
• Planning and flexible working
• Managing expectations in groups
• Communicating effectively with agencies and institutions
• Giving and receiving feedback, including reflecting on own practice.

N.B. The course will not cover diagnosing or curing mental health conditions or music therapy training.
As well as tutor-led practical exercises and discussions, there will be a strong element of shared and collaborative learning, with small and large group tasks, teaching practice and research. We will also encourage structured feedback reflective practice as a lifelong tool for best practice.
Alongside the course, trainees will be offered the opportunity to attend a placement in an existing community music workshop in a mental health setting.

Course Dates:Chapter, Cardiff – February 2020 – 3, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25

Deadline for applications: 20th January 2020

We have been delivering this course for 25 years with trainees going on to work as tutors in a variety of settings throughout Wales.

Following on from this course, there are a limited number of paid placements to shadow one of our tutors, and gain real life experience of a project, to put what you’ve learnt into practice.

Past attendees agree that this course will benefit you at any stage of your music career:

“I initially thought of becoming a community music tutor as an enjoyable new way of making some extra cash when I wasn’t touring or recording, but doing the training course has opened the door to so much more. The satisfaction I get from really making a difference to people’s situations through music is immense. I was an experienced musician but certainly not an experienced workshop facilitator and the course gave me the skills and confidence needed to take music out to where it really matters.”

Dan Swain


We are looking for music tutors of all levels; those with some experience, musicians new to the practice, those who are just curious about Community Music Tuition, and experienced tutors who may want to extend their portfolio or brush up on certain aspects of their work.

New or curious musicians can learn workshop delivery, tutoring skills and core principles of facilitating group workshops.

If you would like any further information please email us at [email protected] or phone 02920 838060.