Train & Sustain

Enterprise Music Scotland is committed to providing opportunities for continued professional development for ensemble based music workshop practitioners. Train and Sustain provides professional training in delivering music workshops followed by placements allowing participants to put their new skills into practice. Since beginning in 2012, Train and Sustain has provided training for workshops in a range of settings including primary schools, ASN schools, for those living with dementia and most recently, improvisation workshops for early years.

“I really enjoyed the training. I feel that I’ve expanded my knowledge, awareness and experience in an area that I wanted to be involved in but didn’t know where to start with.”

“A thoroughly enriching and mind expanding course. Hopefully the beginning of a new direction in my life. Having the opportunity to use the skills in a practical setting was a great springboard to having confidence to do more of the same.”

Train and Sustainability 2017

This year, musicians are participating in the latest version of the Train and Sustain programme, Train and Sustainability.

Train and Sustainability provides training in leading music based outdoor learning projects. Participants are working with Ben Twist (Creative Carbon Scotland) Alec Thompson-Miller (ACE Voices Aberdeen) and Sonia Cromarty (High Heels and Horse Hair/Transplanted) to explore outdoor learning and look at ways in which music can help children connect with nature and the environment.

This is not just a one-day training event, Train & Sustainability consists of:

Training Day –A day of facilitated presentations, discussion and practical ‘hands-on’ workshops from course trainers designed to help you develop and design your own learning experiences to deliver on placements.

Placement – This is where our musicians will get the chance to put your new skills into practice in a supported environment. Participating musicians will work with the same group once a week to deliver a 4 week long outdoor learning project. These paid placements will take place at primary schools in East Dunbartonshire.

Plenary – A half-day of facilitated discussion, further training and peer to peer sharing reflecting on each ensemble’s experiences and learning on their placements.

Train and Sustainability has been made possible thanks the Scottish Music Centre YMI Training and Continuing Professional Development Fund supported by Creative Scotland.