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Community Choir Leadership Training

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - May 17 @ 10:00 am

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, teaching or other musical settings.

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
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, with great feedback from the students.

The 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. In 2016, students found it invaluable to have those times to practice together, pooling expertise and ideas.

Cost: €680

If you want to come, and need a payment plan, please contact Candy direct at candy@candyverney.co.uk

In order to keep the price very accessible, the cost of this course covers teaching costs, self-serve breakfast and lunch, and accommodation in shared rooms. (Single room supplement available on request).

We will share the cost and the cooking of the evening meal between us.

Students find that collaborating with food preparation and then eating together make a relaxing contrast to the intensity of the training.

Candy will be drawing on over 35 years’ experience of teaching in a wide range of settings:

Setting up and directing a set of five ‘Singing in the Round’ community choirs
7 years directing her performance choir Sounding It Out
The Trowbridge Song Project. A 2 year Arts Council Funded multi-cultural community project
Singing on the Wild Side- week long singing holidays on islands around UK and Ireland over 12 years
Work in schools, Early Years, Steiner education, nursing homes and work in the corporate world.

Travel to the Song House: Don’t be put off by having to travel. We can help you with how to get here, by air, ferry, or bus
Application Form on website below


May 10 @ 6:00 pm
May 17 @ 10:00 am


Candy Verney


The Song House
Falcarragh Co Donegal Ireland + Google Map