• Celi Barberia

Pilot Training Course: Trauma and Mental Health-informed Singing

Updated: Jul 29

Find out more and apply to take part in our pilot training course for singing leaders who deliver one to one or group singing with children or young people..



Music for Good, Sing Up Foundation and Sing Up are seeking participants to take part in a course this Autumn on developing trauma and mental health-informed singing practice. The course will run fortnightly for a total of 5 sessions that will be 2.5 hours each. There will also be a follow-up feedback and development session. The sessions will take place in the evenings (GMT) and the course is open to international participants.


The pilot will lead into a more developed training package with resources to be launched in 2023. This is a unique experience for participants to be involved in the development of a brand new and innovative training course.


Participants will:

  • Represent a range of backgrounds and professional contexts

  • Commit to attending the full course, including the feedback and development session

  • Be prepared to engage in the development of future resources, if relevant and applicable

  • Provide detailed feedback to Music for Good, Sing Up Foundation and Sing Up on the course to help shape and develop it

  • Commit to the fee of £150 for the course (this cost has been subsidised by Youth Music funding)

Based on feedback so far, this course will deliver a combination of theory and practice, with the aim of providing a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding from which to develop professional practice. It will be interactive, practical and there will be valuable opportunities for discussion and sharing amongst peers on the course. The content is driven by research and evidence and the development of the course and resources has been part-funded by Youth Music.


This pilot course will be delivered online by Emily Foulkes. Emily is an experienced practitioner, researcher and trainer with a specialism in Trauma and Mental Health. She has provided training for over 100 singing practitioners, across the UK and beyond and has delivered talks and presentations at numerous conferences and events, including for the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing), Music Education Hubs, The TRUIMPH Network and for Voice Study Centre.


Dates of the course: 18th October, 1st November, 15th November, 29th November, 13th December (online).

Feedback and development session TBC.


To apply to be part of the pilot course, please email emily@musicforgood.uk for application details.


Closing date: Friday 9th September 2022