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Musicians Without Borders offers professional training in musical 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]

Musical leadership training

Are you looking for practical tools to engage your students or participants, across language and cultural barriers, in increasingly diverse and complex situations? Do you want to lead music activities that help participants self-regulate their emotions and behavior? How can you best create a safe space in a music workshop or classroom? How do you use music as a support for managing conflict?

Musicians Without Borders is offering a practical training in musical leadership, developed by experts with years of experience in current and post-conflict regions. Past participants of our trainings have gone on to apply their skills in settings like refugee camps and asylum seeker centers, peace education workshops, local communities facing complex issues, juvenile detention centers and community choirs.

In this training, you’ll learn about: 

  • Our five working principles – safety, inclusion, equality, creativity, quality – and how to apply them to your professional practice
  • The biological, social and psychological effects of music on our nervous system
  • Peace education and nonviolence
  • How to prepare and facilitate music workshops and activities

To take part in this training, we request you…

  • Have had (in)formal music training
  • Are comfortable with singing and performing simple rhythmic patterns
  • Have experience leading music activities
  • Are interested or have experience in using music for community-focused work

Where, when and what does it cost?

Dates and location

The training dates are from 21 to 24 February, 2021, with arrival on February 20. Our trainings are held in Akoesticum in Ede, the Netherlands. 


The rate for this training is €895. This includes training fees, material costs, and room and board. Participants must cover their own travel expenses. 

COVID precautions

We’re following the health and safety guidelines for coronavirus as mandated by the Dutch government. We’ve worked with our partner, Landesmusikakademie NRW in Germany, to adapt our regular trainings to fit these guidelines and measures. For more details, please check our terms and conditions.

Apply before December 1 for a €100 discount!

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: November 9-13, 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.

For more information, contact [email protected]