Event Information

Following on from a successful first year, MAC Makes Music will be running a revised and extended second year of its innovative programme specialising in music work with children and young people with Social, Emotional, & Mental Health Difficulties from September 2019.

What will the course cover?

This is an intensive music training programme around working inclusively with children and young people in challenging circumstances. Now in its second year, the course is the first of its kind to focus on working with children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, notably those excluded from school or at risk of exclusion.

The course will have a strong emphasis on practical musical skills including rhythm, voice work, improvisation, and song-writing. Additional skills will include leadership, facilitation, group work, behaviour management, and reflective practice.

The course will feature guest speakers from a range of specialisms including music technology and staff from City of Birmingham School (Pupil Referral Unit).

The full course involves 8 training days between September 2019 and January 2020, as well as placement opportunities with experienced music leaders in schools, pupil referral units and alternative education settings.

Who is the course for?

The course has been designed in partnership with the course leader; musical inclusion specialist Dr Phil Mullen and is aimed at musicians, music students, teachers, community musicians, and other professionals who have an interest in working with these young people.

This area of work is highly specialised and there is increasing demand for skilled music leaders in this area;

“It’s great that you are training more musicians – we need more people like you, who understand our children” Head of Centre, Pupil Referral Unit

Full Course Schedule 2019-2020

Day 1: Monday 23 September 2019

Course Tutors: Phil Mullen & Guest Speaker

  • Introduction, induction, assignments and context
  • Rhythm and Pulse work
  • Song Repertoire & Vocal Work

Day 2: Tuesday 8 October 2019

Course Tutor: Phil Mullen

  • Engagement and Communication
  • Inclusion
  • Inclusive Pedagogy in Action

Day 3: Wednesday 13 November 2019

Course Tutors: City of Birmingham School, Solihull Academy, Additional Guest Speaker

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health – view point of specialist CYP providers
  • Attachment Theory
  • Thrive Approach

Day 4: Thursday 5 December 2019

Course Tutor: Phil Mullen & Guest Speaker

  • 6 Elements of Relevance with Children and Young People with SEMH
  • Reflective Practice
  • Assignment Focus

Day 5: Tuesday 7 January 2020

Course Tutor: Guest Speakers

  • Introduction to music technology
  • Beginners music technology continued…
  • Advanced music technology

Day 6: Wednesday 8 January 2020

Course Tutor: Phil Mullen

  • Song writing
  • Improvising
  • Devising

Day 7: Thursday 9 January 2020

Course Tutor: Phil Mullen

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Leadership
  • Group Dynamics

Day 8: Friday 10 January 2020

Course Tutor: Phil Mullen, Friction Arts

  • Multicultural Music Making
  • Behaviour Management
  • Placement Discussions
  • Feedback and Course Closure

Please note all training days run from 10am-5pm at Midlands Arts Centre, B12 9QH

Feedback from 2018-19 Participants

“It’s given me more confidence and made me think that this is definitely what I want to go into.”

“I didn’t know what a PRU was before this course. It has been inspiring and has given me lots to think about. I’ve now got lots of useful resources and ideas up my sleeve.”

“The course has encouraged me to think a lot more deeply about what I am doing. I now have lots of ideas that I now go off and use in my practice. The sessions I run after course days always go really well.”

“I have been looking to find a more fulfilling role within my teaching such as music therapy, and this training will enable me to do something more positive with the children and young people that I already work with and help enrich their lives.”

"Things that I would stress over I feel more comfortable dealing with such as a child being disruptive in a class.”

“It’s more of an awareness, there’s elements that can be transferred. I’d like to think I’ve accrued more skills to support my practice.”


Course places are heavily subsidised by support from Youth Music. Course places should cost £600 per person; however, we are able to offer places for just £200.

Payment plan applications may be considered depending on individual circumstances. There are a limited number of bursaries available to Music Education Hubs. Final balance must be paid by 5 December 2019

About MAC Makes Music

Midlands Arts Centre is a strategic partner of Youth Music and a member of Youth Music’s Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE), working towards creating a musically inclusive England, where every child can access music-making opportunities, regardless of their circumstances.

Through MAC Makes Music, we champion innovation in music making approaches, support workforce development and advocate for equality in music education in partnership with Music Education Hubs in Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell, Solihull and Worcestershire.

Our passion is to offer young people high quality music making experiences led by a team of highly experienced musicians. The young person’s voice and creativity is at the heart of a diverse music offer in new music technology, song writing, band development, singing and music production.