Community Choir Leadership Training

10–17 May 2019 / Republic of Ireland


Date: 10–17 May 2019

Cost: €680

Location: The Song House, Co. Donegal



Run by: Candy Verney

Contact details: 00 44 (0)7815 652832, 00353(0)858893154

Further information:

If you are interested in leading singing groups and choirs, or seeking to build your confidence in this area, this series of workshops will cover all the basics and much more. Candy has been running community choir leadership trainings for 12 years. Many previous participants have gone on to make this their full time profession.

This course will give you skills for a wide variety of community settings: community choirs, working with the young, the elderly, in schools and more. It is a hands-on, practical course which includes philosophy, theory and lively discussion where appropriate. There are no entry requirements and you don’t need to be able to read music. However it will be most useful to people who have had experience in some areas of music: singing in choirs, but also teaching or other musical settings. All musical experience is helpful.

The course includes:

  • Philosophy and principles
  • Warm Ups
  • How to teach a song in parts
  • How to develop a song
  • Ways to improve the quality of the singing
  • Building dynamics of the group
  • Improvisation
  • How to support individuals
  • Teaching practice

In past years this course has run over 3 months: 4 intensive training days with 3 week gaps between each session, for students to practice their skills. In 2016 we ran this course for the first time at the Song House, over 1 week. The feedback was that students found it invaluable to have time to practice together, pooling expertise and ideas. Training days will be spread out over the week. In between those days, students will be required to spend time putting newly acquired skills into practice, by teaching the choir formed by the student group. This enhances the value of the course, and quickly builds students’ confidence.

If you want to come but need a payment plan, please email Candy direct. Also if you need advice about how to get to Donegal easily, please email Candy