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Music for social and communicative development...

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Broader musical development has come through spending time with Music for People in the USA - learning musical improvisation techniques from Grammy award winning cellist David Darling, and his team of collaborators. Jane is currently involved in a European Union funded Transfer of Innovation project, in collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music, and Musique et Sante, Paris, to further develop her skills as a trainer of musicians in healthcare contexts.


Added insight has been gained through Jane's work on her PhD, which has highlighted the contribution of muisc making to social development, as well as identifying the potential uses and applications of accessible group musical interaction. More about this here.


Jane can offer a training package tailored to your needs - whether as an introductory in-service workshop, or more involved consultancy which will enable you to set-up and deliver music work in your field.


Principal areas of training include:



          introduction to community rhythm circle facilitation


          music in health settings


          drumming in mental health services


          music and dementia


          music for social and communicative development





Previous clients/engagements include:


Drum Circle Facilitators Guild - keynote speaker for 2011 conference, Myrtle Beach , USA

Taal, Inc. (India) - 'Find your inner rhythm', 1 and 2-day workshops

Asian Rhythm Facilitators' conference (Malaysia) - 'Therapeutic Rhythm Communication' - 2-day course

Scottish Chamber Orchestra - training in music and dementia, and improvisation

BUPA residential care homes - staff training in music making and dementia

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland - in-service workshop for music therapists

Polyphony music project, Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow - staff training

Scottish Association of Music Educators - conference workshop on Community Rhythm circles, and music for social development (4th return visit this year)

In-Takt conference for teachers of music with special needs, Dortmund, Germany -  

4-day extended conference workshop in community rhythm circles (4 return visits)

Strathclyde University - part-time tutor in community music

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - lecture on community music in context

Manchester university - lecture on music in health settings

De Montfort University - lecture for Community Arts MA course

Royal School of Church Music - percussion workshop

Edinburgh international Harp Festival - world percussion workshops (2 return visits)

Presbyterian Association of Musicians - workshops for east and west coast, and Texas  USA conferences

Harmony, Hope and Healing - training for music project with the homeless in Chicago


Continuing education presentations for Royal Alexandria Hospital; Gerontology special Interest Group at the University of the West of Scotland, and Dementia learning forum, Fife.


As well as many in-service sessions for schools and individual practitioners

Training and CPD

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As well as facilitating music in health settings, Jane has a strong commitment to broadening its application, and in training others. She trained initially with Arthur Hull, the foremost exponent of drum circle facilitation, who developed a methodology of enabling people of any experience to play together, based on the quality of listening and relationship between the group members. Strong emphasis is placed on the quality of experience of the participants, and in valuing their unique contributions, which makes community drum circle facilitation an ideal tool to work with marginalised and disadvantaged groups, and learners of any age.

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