We are overdue for an update about our Music Bridge program, where much has been happening over the past few months!
In December, MwB trainer Sherwin Kirindongo led an intensive training focusing on percussion skills with our trainees, involving hand drum technique, non-verbal communication and drum circle facilitation.
While musicianship skills are a central focus in our trainings, our trainees are equally engaged in developing group facilitation skills. These skills are modeled by MwB trainers through their respect for the different learning and communication styles within the trainee group. Our trainers illustrate how creative approaches to communication, through music and body language, can play a significant role in bridging these differences.
In order to apply these skills in the community, the Music Bridge trainees are rolling out their own workshops across Northern Ireland. In Craigavon, our trainees worked with students at Brownlow Integrated College, the first integrated secondary school in Northern Ireland.
Today, students from Model Primary School in Derry-Londonderry will attend a workshop led by Music Bridge trainees, which will kick off a series of weekly workshops in the coming months.
Next week, we will be back in Northern Ireland to run a training and workshops on songwriting with our friend and frequent collaborator, Eugene Skeef. We’re excited to work with over one hundred school-aged children this week, who are taking part in the Derry International Irish Music Festival as well as visiting international students at the Northwest Academy of English!