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A tutor leads a Creative Music Training class, students play cello violin and piano behind her

Creative Music Training

"I like very much that I've been given the chance to get more leading experience and try things out with the whole ensemble." Creative Music Training participant 2013

Our Creative Music Training course offers a unique opportunity for musicians and educators to develop and study collaborative workshop-leading skills and creative approaches to communicating through music in diverse participatory contexts.  

Music leaders of the 21st century are required to fulfill many roles – as leader, conductor, collaborator, improviser, composer and educator. This new five day summer school is designed to equip practitioners with skills which aid and support effective workshop leading and collaborative music making.

How you'll learn
Through sessions focused on improvisation, collaborative composition, harmony, leadership and conducting, participants in Creative Music Training will develop skills including flexibility and fluency within improvisation and performance, rhythmic strength, vocal confidence, strong physical presence and the use of body language as well as the ability to multitask and to move fluidly between the roles of composer, performer and leader.

In addition to structured classes, each student will become part of a creative ensemble – giving participants the opportunity to practically implement their learning with one of Barbican Guildhall’s collaborative ensembles of young people. Alongside this small and whole group mentoring sessions will be run throughout the week, enabling reflective discussion and the chance to discuss and consolidate the ideas, thoughts and learning covered in the course.
The Barbican-Guildhall’s Creative Learning Department has over 25 years of experience, excellence and leadership in this field.

About the course tutors
The course will be taught by Creative Learning tutors Tim SteinerDetta Danford and Natasha Zielazinski. Tim has extensive experience working as a workshop leader and trainer for companies such as The Royal Philharmonic OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra and BBC Singers and has directed works for the London Chamber OrchestraScottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, among many other orchestras. Detta and Natasha work together regularly as performers, composers and leaders. They are co-founders of contemporary music ensemble Jetsam and of Future Band, a Barbican-Guildhall ensemble of young instrumentalists, vocalists and composers. They have led projects together for Aldeburgh MusicYong Siew Toh Conservatoire, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and have travelled regularly to the United States, Japan and Europe to lead projects and perform. 

About the School
The Guildhall School is situated in the City of London next door to the Barbican Arts Centre, which houses two theatres, a concert hall, cinemas and galleries. It is also within easy reach of the West End and the Southbank. This course has a Barbican-based residential option for those seeking accommodation. 

Fees
Residential Option 1: £883 (Bed, breakfast, lunch and evening meal)
Residential Option 2: £823 (Bed, breakfast and lunch)
Non-residential: £575 (Includes lunch) 

Dates
Monday 28 July – Friday 1 August 2014 

Participant requirements
Applicants must be 18 years of age or over on the first day of the course. Applicants should ensure they have sufficient English language skills to be able to cope with the demands of this course. Participants are expected to have demonstrable musicianship skills acquired either through formal training or self-taught. 

Apply
Applications are now open. Apply here.

Cancellation
A refund of fees can only be issued if written notification for a cancellation is received by Friday 27 June 2014. No refunds will be offered after this date unless a medical certificate is produced.

Special access needs
If you have any special access needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements using the contact details below.

Insurance
It is recommended that students take out insurance cover, including cover for theft and the loss of fees in the event of illness or accident. For international students needing help in finding an insurance company, you might try www.students-insurance.eu  

Assessments
Should you wish to use your participation in the summer school as credit for a university or college course you are undertaking, this would be a matter for you to agree with your current institution. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer assessments.  

Contact
Email shortcourses@gsmd.ac.uk or call 0207 382 2310 for any enquiries.

The welcoming atmosphere and the strong friendships I have made, made it feel like a second home. I wish I had discovered it sooner.

Clarke
Violin

It’s the best step I ever took to further my music

Christopher
Tuba, Junior Guildhall

It hugely inspires my playing...I come away enlightened each Saturday

Didier
Violin, Junior Guildhall

It's changed our lives by enabling us to learn from great tutors and giving us the opportunity to play with outstanding musicians

Richard, Rebekah & Peter
Percussion, Junior Guildhall

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