Musicians Without Borders offers professional training in community music leadership based on our working principles, methodology, and expertise developed from years of working in current and post-conflict regions.
Introductory Course (2 days): An introductory course to Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology.
Training of Workshop Leaders (4 days): A practical course to expand the knowledge and skills in community music leadership based on Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology.
Training of Trainers (6 days): An in-depth course to gain skills and experience in facilitating training for community music leaders based on Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology.
We run an annual three-week training each June in partnership with the CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program (Vermont, USA).
We offer training to musicians who are or wish to work with refugee communities in partnership with European arts/cultural organizations under our Welcome Notes program.
To learn more about the goals and content of our training, please refer to our FAQ page.
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An introductory course to Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology.
This course is an introduction to the 5 principles of our community music training methodology: Safety, Inclusion, Equality, Creativity, and Quality. We will cover diverse approaches to community music making, including body percussion, drumming, singing, movement, and songwriting.
Duration: 12 hour course | 2 days
Dates: 2019 TBD
Location: Akoesticum, Ede, The Netherlands
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: February 24-27, 2019
Location: Akoesticum, Ede, The Netherlands
Deadline: October 31, 2018 with applications reviewed on a rolling basis thereafter.
An in-depth course to gain skills and experience in facilitating training for community music leaders based on Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology.
Description: 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 the 5 principles: Safety, Inclusion, Equality, Creativity, and Quality. The course examines concepts related to nonviolence, trauma and self-care. We will practice facilitating training sessions that cover didactic, pedagogic and musical skills.
Duration: 36 hour course | 6 days
Dates: October 24-29, 2018
Location: Akoesticum, Ede, The Netherlands
Deadline: Applications closed for 2018.
Musicians without Borders has partnered with CONTACT to run a three-week professional training program in peacebuilding and conflict transformation with electives in community music leadership. The training is open to participants who are active in their communities as musicians, workshop leaders, teachers, or social activists and who would like to further their knowledge of using music as a tool for peacebuilding and social change.
Dates: June 3-21, 2019
Location: SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA
More information, registration and fees available here.
Please send expressions of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Lecture, discussion and small group activities related to conflict analysis, social identity and conflict, peacebuilding interventions, post-conflict reconciliation, intercultural communications, gender and peacebuilding, mediation, negotiation, dialogue, policy advocacy, the arts and peacebuilding, non-violent social action, and monitoring and evaluation.
– Featured lecture on theory and practice of peacebuilding through the arts by MwB director Laura Hassler
Choice of mini-electives (2.5 days each) on peacebuilding, including two MwB-led electives:
Elective 1: An introductory course to Musicians without Borders’ principles and methodology
This elective offers an introduction to the five principles of MwB’s community music training methodology: Safety, Inclusion, Equality, Creativity, and Quality. We will cover diverse approaches to community music making, including body percussion, drumming, singing, movement, and songwriting. No musical background/experience required.
Elective 2: Musicians without Borders’ Training of Workshop Leaders
This elective is open to musicians with interest or experience in leading community music workshops. The course covers pedagogical, didactic and musical skills related to the five principles of MwB’s community music training methodology and our approach of nonviolence in our work. The course offers hands-on experience in leading community music activities and their applications with diverse target groups.
We offer one-day to multi-week tailored training courses and workshops in community music for musicians, arts and community organizations, businesses, conferences, and universities. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Examples of training sessions and workshops that we offer (which also comprise the content of our Training programs):
Singing and Leadership
The singing voice is the most accessible instrument as a tool to establish good leadership and a safe environment. In this workshop, participants will be led through various singing exercises to experience the connection between strong leadership and command of the voice. The trainer will use songs and vocal games in order to demonstrate different aspects of leadership: inclusion, non-verbal communication, creating a safe environment, playfulness, charisma, and non-judgement.
Percussion for Inclusion
During this session, participants will engage in (hand) drumming and body percussion activities in order to examine the core value of inclusion in a workshop. Participants will be led through drum circle activities, involving conducting and non-verbal leadership, in which they will experience the process of creating a safe environment for participants of various backgrounds.
Motive for Motion
In this workshop, participants will explore the connection between movement and music in workshop settings. Movement can be used to stimulate musical development, reduce stress, and increase energy, strength, attention and self-esteem. This session will focus on a specific approach to movement called dance expression, which teaches (children) how to shape their own personal body language for self-expression.
Songwriting is a powerful tool in community music that creates a strong sense of ownership for the group. In this workshop, participants will experience the creative process of collective songwriting, exploring inclusive approaches to creating music and lyrics together.
Nonviolence and Music
This session will explore the relationship between music and nonviolence as featured in Musicians without Borders’ work. Trainees will gain a basic understanding of nonviolence and its use as a tool for social change through storytelling and illustrative examples. The session will also offer some tools and resources for further exploration.
Composing communities is an approach developed by composer Keren Rosenbaum. It is a creative process where we use a certain mindset to compose a large-scale event for any number of participants. The event itself is called an Active Listening Playground (ALP). In this workshop, participants will learn how to create an event that takes multiple inputs into account (ie. timeframe, location, number and age of participants, weather, routes, etc.), resulting a final composition, which is the event itself. The composition is total: from the beginning of the event to its end, and will have a graphic score to represent the flow.
The Musical Playground can take place in any structured setting such as a school, an orphanage, a summer camp or a day care center. Although the program was designed just for children, teenagers, adults or children/adults with special needs can be your target groups as well. The structure can remain similar, only the musical content has to be adjusted to the needs and level of your target group. The content comprises rhythms, spoken word, song, instrument playing and body percussion, culminating in a community performance.
Creativity is a central aspect of our music workshops. In a safe and supportive environment, creativity can be transformative and help people to ‘let go’, feel confident and raise their self-esteem. It is a tool for social change and good leadership, as creative thinking can lead to creative solutions in a difficult environment. This session explores how to incorporate creativity into your work through practical exercises and discussion.
We offer training for musicians who wish to work with refugee communities in Europe under our Welcome Notes program.
Learn more: mwb.to/welcome
Read below for upcoming Welcome Notes trainings in 2018.
Are you a musician?
Would you like to be part of a project to support refugees and asylum seekers?
Join us for our upcoming training in partnership with Musicians for Human Rights in Bologna, Italy (31 August – 2 Sept 2018)
Second training: 28-30 Sept 2018
For more information and to enroll, contact: