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WAR DIVIDES, MUSIC CONNECTS
Using music to bridge divides, connect communities,
and heal the wounds of war and conflict.

Our advanced training program shares the knowledge and skills of Musicians without Borders’ trainers with individuals from a variety of musical levels and backgrounds who are actively involved or wish to be involved in different programs combining music and social change. Participants will deepen their leadership skills while exploring concepts related to creativity, improvisation, and nonviolence. They will learn how to facilitate music workshops that strengthen communities through bridging divides and creating empathic connections between people within an inclusive and safe environment.

Upcoming training opportunities:

December 7-10: Landesmusikakademie NRW (Heek, Germany)

January 13-14 and February 3-4, 2018: Welcome Notes (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

For more information on training content and goals, please refer to our FAQ page and see our sample schedule.

Landesmusikakademie NRW (Germany)

December 7-10, 2017

Heek, Germany

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, specific to the German context.

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

Trainers: Marion Haak-Schulenburg (Berlin) and Hanno Tomassen (Utrecht, the Netherlands). The training will be held in German and English.

Price: 122,- Euro for students up to 25 years / 172,- Euro for adults.
Accommodation in double rooms, extra charge for single rooms: 15,- Euro/night.

Due to the support of the Ministry for Culture of North Rhine Westfalia, participants only have to pay for accommodation and board.

Further information and application: https://www.landesmusikakademie-nrw.de/kurse/#projekte

Welcome Notes – the Netherlands

January 13-14 and February 3-4, 2018

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Our Welcome Notes Training prepares participants to use music as a tool to support refugees and asylum seekers.

This 4 day training (2 weekends) will help musicians strengthen their skills in leading community music workshops and music projects in refugee centers and communities that foster empathic connections between people within an inclusive and safe environment. Participants will be introduced to the methodology behind our community music training program. They will be led through a variety of musical activities focused on developing leadership skills while exploring concepts related to creativity, improvisation, and non-violence. Join us to experience, share and learn about the power of music to bring comfort, connection and hope.

Registration page

Registration fee:

€ 300 (includes training fee, material, drinks, snacks and lunch)