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Musicians Without Borders offers professional training in community music leadership based on our working principles and expertise developed from years of working in current and post-conflict regions. Below is an overview of upcoming trainings by and with Musicians Without Borders.

For more information please contact Meagan Hughes at: [email protected]

Training of Workshop Leaders

A practical course in community music leadership based on Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology. This course deepens participants’ knowledge and skills in leading music workshops with groups of any size and age, making a connection between musical activities and MWB’s five principles of group work: Safety, Inclusion, Equality, Creativity, and Quality.

The course covers pedagogical, didactic and musical skills, offering hands-on experience in leading activities, including body percussion, drumming, singing, movement, and songwriting.

Duration: 24 hour course | 4 days

Dates: 21-24 February 2020 (arrival on evening of 20 February)

Location: Akoesticum, Ede, The Netherlands

Cost: €795 –

MWB Training of Workshop Leaders_ February 2020 Program

Inclusive Music Ensemble Training

Surrey Music Hub, Musicians Without Borders and AIME (Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England) are pleased to offer a truly unique and FREE day of training delivered by Otto de Jong, an international trainer and leader in inclusive music making.

This day is for music hub and school music teachers, conductors, community music leaders and private music teachers.

Date: Saturday 14th March 2020
Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Venue: The Bridge Youth Centre, Clare Crescent, Leatherhead, United Kingdom KT22 7RB
Lunch will be provided for all and reasonable travel costs reimbursed (South East region only).

To register please email [email protected]

More information

Training of Workshop Leaders

This training has been developed for musicians and music pedagogues from all cultural backgrounds who wish to increase their ability to work towards the social inclusion of refugees and migrants. Up to 30 participants are invited to be trained as community music leaders through the methods of Musicians without Borders. The training prepares participants to lead community music workshops that foster empathic connections between people within an inclusive and safe environment.

The following skills and subjects are addressed in the training:

  • Community music approaches to singing, (body) percussion, movement, songwriting Trust-building and teamwork Feedback, evaluation and self-reflection
  • Basic trauma awareness
  • Nonviolent communication and building empathy between participants
  • Nonverbal techniques for music making
  • Creativity and improvisation
  • Constructing a series of workshops and a community event

The workshop will be filmed and evaluated with all participants on the final day. Following the training, we expect all participants to work with local groups in order to implement the skills learnt from the training.

Dates: April 27-May 1, 2020

Location: Heek, Germany

Language: The training will be held in German and English

Cost: €136 for students up to 25 years /€192 for adults

*Accommodation in double rooms, extra charge for single rooms: €15/night. Thanks to the support of the Ministry for Culture of North Rhine Westfalia, participants only have to pay for accommodation and board.


Training of Trainers

An in-depth course to gain skills in training community music leaders based on Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology. This course covers the skills and knowledge needed to train others in leading community music workshops. We will examine our training methodology in relation to MWB’s 5 principles as well as explore concepts related to nonviolence and trauma awareness. We will practice facilitating training sessions that cover didactic, pedagogic and musical skills.

Duration: 36 hours | 6 days

Dates: October 11-16, 2020

Location: Akoesticum, Ede, The Netherlands

Cost: €1,195

Deadline: April 30, 2020


View the 2019 Program (2020 program coming soon!)