Workforce Development

MAC Makes Music offers training, advice and guidance, mentoring, practice sharing events and shadowing opportunities for music leaders, teachers and support workers to develop skills, increase knowledge and understanding of working with children and young people in challenging circumstances. We work in partnership with music education hubs to develop a number of training and CPD opportunities.

Inclusive Music Training Programme 

From October 2018 MAC Makes Music is running its first innovative programme specialising in music work with children and young people with Social, Emotional, & Mental Health Difficulties.

This is an intensive music training programme around working inclusively with young people in challenging circumstances. 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 is designed for musicians, music students, teachers, community musicians, and other professionals who have an interest in working with these young people.

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

The course involves 4 full days and 4 early evening sessions between October 2018 and February 2019, as well as placement opportunities with established music leaders in schools and alternative education settings. This area of work is highly specialised and there is increasing demand for skilled music leaders in this area. This course will act as a pathway to employment for successful participants.

Shadowing and Mentoring Opportunities

MAC Makes Music offers shadowing opportunities for emerging music leaders who wish to develop hands on experience in working with children and young people. This role involves working alongside an experienced music leader supporting children and young people to take part in group music making activities.

Shadowing musicians will need to hold a current DBS enhanced certificate and will be required to sign an agreement which will outline the agreed schedule of attendance as well as roles and responsibilities. If you are interested in applying for a shadow position then please contact: for more information.

Information, Advice and Guidance

MAC Makes Music offers one to one advice and guidance for both emerging and experienced music leaders…

  • You perhaps want to find out more about the work of mac makes music;
  • Maybe you are looking for information relating to working as a music leader;
  • Want to explore whether music leading is something you are interested in;
  • Discuss suitable professional development opportunities;
  • Gain some basic feedback or advice on your own project idea.

Open Orchestras

Open Orchestras is a growing national movement, designed to support Music Education Hubs, arts organisations and schools in providing SEN/Disabled young people with opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform. mac makes music is supporting our five music hub partners to develop Open Orchestras in their region. Music leaders and teachers will be coming together at mac for training and networking events. See further information about SEND here.

Please contact with your enquiry.