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Music and Young People with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

Event description

What will the Course Cover?

This is an intensive music training programme designed by MAC Makes Music in partnership with Dr Phil Mullen. It is the first of its kind to specialise in working  inclusively 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 song-writing. 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 is aimed at musicians, music students, teachers, community musicians, and other professionals who have an interest in working with young people in challenging circumstances.

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.


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. 


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