Event Information

This innovative programme was specially designed by MAC Makes Music in partnership with Dr Phil Mullen.

What will the course cover?

This is an intensive music training programme that focuses on working inclusively with children and young people in challenging circumstances. Now in its third year, the course is the first of its kind to specialise in 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 effectively, including rhythm, voice work, improvisation, and songwriting. Participants will also be given opportunities to develop their skills in leadership, facilitation, group work, behaviour management, and reflective practice.

The course will feature guest speakers from a range of specialisms.

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

How will the course be delivered?

The full course involves 6 training days. The first 3 will take place online in the hope of moving to in-person training for the second half of the course. 

We also hope to offer placement opportunities with experienced music leaders in schools, pupil referral units and alternative education settings, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

Each participant will also receive two 1:1 mentoring slots with Phil, as well as video resources to support any course content related to music technology.

Course dates

Mon 25 January 2021

Tue 23 February 2021

Wed 24 March 2021

Thu 22 April 2021

Fri 21 May 2021

Mon 21 June 2021

"I feel more confident and more informed." 

"I now have a much greater knowledge of the PRU system."

"The training has reignited my motivation to learn more music tech."

Comments from course participants


There are a limited number of full bursaries for local Music Education Hub partners. To apply for a full MEH bursary please liaise with your local MEH lead and then email us to express your interest.

For individuals who are not linked to a local Music Education Hub, there is a subsidised charge of £175. The course costs £600 per person to deliver, so this is a heavily subsidised price.

For more information, please email jen.loffman@macbirmingham.co.uk

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