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

June 5-16, 2017

SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro, Vermont Campus

Musicians without Borders has partnered with CONTACT to run a two-week professional training program in community music leadership and conflict transformation. The training is open to musicians and music students who are active in their communities as 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.

More information and registration is available here.

Please send expressions of interest to

Landesmusikakademie NRW (Germany)

June 19 – 23, 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

On December 6-7 there will be a follow-up meeting to reflect on trainee development as a community music workshop leaders. A second training will be offered from December 6-10, 2017, which is open to new trainees, and will be combined with the reflection meeting of the first group.

Trainers: Marion Haak-Schulenburg (Berlin) and Otto de Jong (Amsterdam). 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:


July 22-27, 2017

SOAS, University of London

Musicians without Borders has partnered with the MA Music in Development at SOAS (University of London) to organize a weekend seminar entitled War, fear, empathy, and music. The seminar will be followed by 4-day training for musicians in practical uses of community music for peacebuilding and social change. These are discreet programs, but their content is complementary. People may enroll in either, or may wish to book a place on both.

July 22-23: Seminar on War, fear, empathy, and music

Registration page

This two-day seminar will introduce the philosophical, theoretical and experiential basis for MwB’s work and mission in using music to connect communities, bridge divides and heal the wounds of war. MwB’s founder and director, Laura Hassler, project manager and music therapist Chris Nicholson (Rwanda) and assistant trainer Amanda Koser-Gillespie (Northern Ireland) will speak on how community music and music therapy is applied within their projects in current and post-conflict regions. They will be joined by Angela Impey (Convenor, MA Music in Development) and other researchers who will speak to the relevance of cultural listening and explore how music is used in different contexts as a medium for self-representation, as political testimony, and as a catalyst for social change.

July 24-27: Four-day training for Community Music Leadership for Peacebuilding and Social Change

Registration page

This training is open to musicians who are active as workshop leaders, teachers or social activists and wish to develop their knowledge of using music as a tool for peacebuilding and social change. In this four-day course, participants will be introduced to the methodology behind our community music training program. Participants will be led through a variety of musical activities focused on developing leadership skills while exploring concepts related to creativity, improvisation, and non-violence. The training prepares participants to lead community music workshops that foster empathic connections between people within an inclusive and safe environment.

Registration fees:

Two-day seminar £200 (Concessions £180)

Four-day training £400 (Concessions £360)

Welcome Notes (Italy)

We offer training for musicians who want to learn how to use music as a tool to support refugees and asylum seekers. This training has been specially adapted from Musicians without Borders’ advanced training course and includes supervised practical work at reception centers. With this training, we offer musicians the necessary skills to lead music workshops for refugees in Italian communities.

There are no upcoming training opportunities in Italy at the current time.