Training Resources for Music Leaders

Participant-Led Intercultural Music-Making

Thurs 22 July 2021 |  2 – 4pm   |  Zoom  |  FREE

An interactive online training session led by Natalie Mason and Germa Adan, as part of Friction Arts’ Multicultural Music Making project.

The session will include:

  • An overview of the Multicultural Music Making project and the ‘Principles of Practice’ – the techniques used to deliver culturally-responsive music-making sessions.
  • Practical exploration of engaging with culturally-responsive music-making practices in your teaching.
  • A chance to reflect on how creating more relevant and responsive music-making sessions contributes to improving inclusion, diversity and equality in music education.


Natalie Mason is an educator, performer-composer and researcher who collaborates with communities, schools and arts organisations. She has a Masters degree in Music and Development from SOAS in London and spent several years living and working in South Africa as a creative music facilitator. Since 2015, Natalie has been directing the Multicultural Music Making project (MMM) she created in partnership with Friction Arts, supported by Youth Music. MMM is a child-centred community music education programme guided and informed by the interests, geographical connections and cultural heritages of the young musicians taking part. As a Midlands4Cities PhD student at the University of Birmingham, Natalie is currently researching international intercultural music-making with children and families in the West Midlands:


Germa Adan is a Birmingham-based singer, musician, composer and educator. Germa holds a BA in Music Performance, Composition and Education, an MA in Community Music and PGCE in Secondary Music Education.  As a music educator, Germa leads and supports music in schools (Early Years, primary and Secondary) and community groups. Germa has a specialist interest in multicultural music making which has led to work at Friction Arts as a support artist and project evaluator. Germa writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced by her Haitian heritage and American and British folk influences. In addition to educational work with EFDSS, Germa has performed with organisations such as the Nest Collective, Moseley Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folkweek , Cecil Sharp House and various venues around the country.