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Choir Leader Training

Choir Leader Training

Don’t be put off by the term ‘Leader’ – you don’t need experience!

Don’t be put off by the term ‘Leader’ – you don’t need experience!

Why this training?

Full permission to do what you love! By participating in this two-part training, you will unlock your potential. Whatever your skill level, confidence and singing background you will be bursting with song at the beginning, middle and end! We know that you want to make a difference to the lives of others, and we know that singing is a route to meaningful, fun, and creative work.

Part one – Online
From the convenience of your own home, come together with other women over four evenings of live sessions. You will sing, share your story, make connections, have thought provoking discussions, and learn all the practical steps required to facilitate a Singing Mamas Choir.

Part two – Face to Face
When it becomes Covid-safe to do so, we will come together face to face over a three-day weekend to become immersed in song and echo the whole point of the singing groups we create. You will be on retreat so no cooking and no chores – this part of the training is all about you feeling nourished whilst being the company of amazing women like you.

Why this training?

Full permission to do what you love! By participating in this two-part training, you will unlock your potential. Whatever your skill level, confidence and singing background you will be bursting with song at the beginning, middle and end! We know that you want to make a difference to the lives of others, and we know that singing is a route to meaningful, fun, and creative work.

Part one – Online
From the convenience of your own home, come together with other women over four evenings of live sessions. You will sing, share your story, make connections, have thought provoking discussions, and learn all the practical steps required to facilitate a Singing Mamas Choir.

Part two – Face to Face
When it becomes Covid-safe to do so, we will come together face to face over a three-day weekend to become immersed in song and echo the whole point of the singing groups we create. You will be on retreat so no cooking and no chores – this part of the training is all about you feeling nourished whilst being the company of amazing women like you.

Specialise in bringing singing to women and mothers. Women like you whose lives will be improved by singing. You already know them, they walk past you in the street, and they, like you, were born to sing. For each Singing Mamas Choir you lead, you can expect to earn between £55-£175 per single choir session. It’s possible to have between one and six choirs running per week, including a combination of online and face to face if you so choose. Sessions only run during term time, which is around 39 weeks a year.

“You can expect to earn
between £55-£175 per
single choir session.”

“You can expect to earn
between £55-£175 per
single choir session.”

Specialise in bringing singing to women and mothers. Women like you whose lives will be improved by singing. You already know them, they walk past you in the street, and they, like you, were born to sing. For each Singing Mamas Choir you lead, you can expect to earn between £55-£175 per single choir session. It’s possible to have between one and six choirs running per week, including a combination of online and face to face if you so choose. Sessions only run during term time, which is around 39 weeks a year.

Who is this for?

We are after good people, with a love of community and inclusiveness. We need women with compassion for others and a desire to connect and bring people together. And most importantly we are after individuals who love to sing and who will help us realise our vision of bringing the joy of singing to women everywhere.

Our leaders range from total beginner to musical genius, and somewhere in between! Like our choirs, we celebrate our diversity, and we are inclusive. We gently hold the space and let the singing make the magic. If you have the desire…then you can do it!

Who is this for?

We are after good people, with a love of community and inclusiveness. We need women with compassion for others and a desire to connect and bring people together. And most importantly we are after individuals who love to sing and who will help us realise our vision of bringing the joy of singing to women everywhere.

Our leaders range from total beginner to musical genius, and somewhere in between! Like our choirs, we celebrate our diversity, and we are inclusive. We gently hold the space and let the singing make the magic. If you have the desire…then you can do it!

5 things you get at this training

  • Songs – You will get a copy of ‘A Song Book for Everyone: Songline Edition’ by Singing Mamas Choir, as well as 25+ songs which you’ll gather up over the face-to-face weekend.
  • Practice – Everyone is invited to share a song with the other trainees over the course of the training, you get real teaching experience and feedback in a safe and supportive space.
  • Tools – Business start-up advice, Marketing materials and Training Manual.
  • Retreat – For the three days of face-to-face training you will be on retreat, and all of your catering and accommodation needs are taken care of.
  • Support – A ready-made network of Singing Mama Choir colleagues for advice, encouragement and troubleshooting.

5 things you get at this training

  • Songs – You will get a copy of ‘A Song Book for Everyone: Songline Edition’ by Singing Mamas Choir, as well as 25+ songs which you’ll gather up over the face-to-face weekend.
  • Practice – Everyone is invited to share a song with the other trainees over the course of the training, you get real teaching experience and feedback in a safe and supportive space.
  • Tools – Business start-up advice, Marketing materials and Training Manual.
  • Retreat – For the three days of face-to-face training you will be on retreat, and all of your catering and accommodation needs are taken care of.
  • Support – A ready-made network of Singing Mama Choir colleagues for advice, encouragement and troubleshooting.

Discover how training with us will change lives, starting with your own

Discover how training with us will change lives, starting with your own

“A heart and soul experience through singing and sharing. Kate is straight, trustable and passionate about transmitting. Her training is a blessing.”

SYLVIE BOCQUET  /  FOUNDER OF CŒUR VERS CORPS

“A heart and soul experience through singing and sharing. Kate is straight, trustable and passionate about transmitting. Her training is a blessing.”

SYLVIE BOCQUET
FOUNDER OF CŒUR VERS CORPS

Upcoming part two – Face to Face training dates / 2021

●  APRIL 15th-17th  / 2021  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK
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●  June 4th-6th  / 2021  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK
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●  OCTOBER 8th – 10th / 2021  /  Lower shaw, Swindon UK
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Investment

£525 — Payment for the online training and weekend face-to-face retreat. Including all accommodation, all meals, training sessions, song book and training materials. Requires payment in full or a small deposit and then remainder of the balance payable 30 days before the online training commences.

Spread the cost: –£50 per month over 12 months (£600) — Payment for the online training and the weekend retreat. Including all accommodation, all meals, training sessions, song book and training materials.

Upcoming part two – Face to Face training dates / 2021

APRIL 15th-17th  / 2021  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK
(Click for part one -upcoming online dates)

●  June 4th-6th  / 2021  Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon, UK
(Click for part one -upcoming online dates)

●  TBC  /  Location to be confirmed

Investment

£525 — Payment for the online training and weekend face-to-face retreat. Including all accommodation, all meals, training sessions, song book and training materials. Requires payment in full or a small deposit and then remainder of the balance payable 30 days before the online training commences.

Spread the cost: –£50 per month over 12 months (£600) — Payment for the online training and the weekend retreat. Including all accommodation, all meals, training sessions, song book and training materials.

About Kate Valentine

Kate has grown and developed the Singing Mamas Choir movement over 10 years, reaching thousands of women with her work. Kate’s gift is in bringing people together, creating groups and building radical systems to support and lead leaders.

Kate will notice the unique gifts, often hidden in each woman, and gently tease them out, allowing her to feel her worth, find her voice and take her place as a song sharer.
When Kate discovered singing, her life changed. Now she shares her mission with you. Bring singing into the hearts and homes of all women. Join her.

About Kate Valentine

Kate has grown and developed the Singing Mamas Choir movement over 10 years, reaching thousands of women with her work. Kate’s gift is in bringing people together, creating groups and building radical systems to support and lead leaders.

Kate will notice the unique gifts, often hidden in each woman, and gently tease them out, allowing her to feel her worth, find her voice and take her place as a song sharer.
When Kate discovered singing, her life changed. Now she shares her mission with you. Bring singing into the hearts and homes of all women. Join her.

“It was beautiful. Kate is a wise and compassionate teacher and brought out the best in everyone there. All our lovely connections and sharing were made possible by the environment she created.”

RACHEL HOLMES  /  CARE HOME ACTIVITY COORDINATOR

“It was beautiful. Kate is a wise and compassionate teacher and brought out the best in everyone there. All our lovely connections and sharing were made possible by the environment she created.”

RACHEL HOLMES
CARE HOME ACTIVITY COORDINATOR

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Singing Mamas Choir only for mums?

No! We welcome all women, any age and any life phase. When a new group starts, it’s usually mainly attracted to women with young babies, but not always. After a while with the group established, women will start coming without children which will then attract other women, often older women with grown-up children, flown the nest, and also women who aren’t mothers but want to be around women and children. Our leaders decide what kind of group they wish to promote, that may even be an adult-only session, and that’s fine too.

I like singing but I’m not sure if I’m good enough to lead others.

Come. You’ll be in the company of other women, also nervous, also uncertain. You are welcome and you’ll be a valued participant. The training is held in a way that promotes absolute inclusivity for women who have NO experience of this work. You won’t be exposed, ever. You will be guided until you are comfortable and ready to have a go. You will be encouraged and supported to dare yourself.

At the very least, you will leave nourished, with new skills and ready to explore the possibility of sharing what you’ve learned with other women. With terror and nerves around singing, you will be representative of many, many women. Out from your desire to sing with others, step forward from this place and you will inspire so many others to do the same as you.

I'm already a musician and/or choir leader. Will I learn anything new? Will I be overqualified for this training?

You will definitely gain valuable experience in the training. Not only will you learn a ton of new songs for your choir, but you’ll also be inspired by a whole host of new teaching styles and techniques to integrate with your own style. You’ll immerse in the experience of women’s circle, which is more than just a choir.
We facilitate space, crafted with care to promote inclusivity and non-judgment. You’ll learn what makes a Singing Mamas Choir session unique and you’ll become part of our network of leaders who will be your colleagues, ongoing into the future.

Singing Mamas is fast becoming a movement in its own right. Through our community choirs, we are dismantling the notion of wrong-notes and right-notes. As an experienced choir leader, this might be a different emphasis for you and we will show you the how and the why to bring this to your circles of women singers. We will also greatly value your skills and experience being shared with the other women trainees. You are so welcome.

Will I be given any teaching resources?

Yes, you’ll receive a copy of ‘A Song Book for Everyone: Songline Edition’ by Singing Mamas Choir and you’ll learn dozens of new songs during the training itself. The songs that our leaders share in their choir sessions are varied and they tend to be songs that reflect the collective experience of what it is to be a woman and mother.
We encourage our leaders to sing what they love and if pop is your flavour, you’ll find plenty of short versions of well-known pop songs to teach, by ear, specially created to be a simple harmony song.
Many of our leaders have gone on to write material that they have shared within the network. Our members especially love to sing these songs. We supply a huge resource list of songs, the problem won’t be that you don’t have enough, it’ll be that you have too many to choose from!

Can I call myself a choir leader after the two-part training?

Yes! We have learned, through giving training to over 70 women, that we are all entitled to be song sharers if we have a song that we wish to share… that’s where we start. You will leave the training with a pocket full of songs, a network of colleagues for support. You’ll be ready to gather your group together and start. You will surprise yourself, for sure.

Will I feel pressure to start my own Singing Mamas Choir?

You will be under no obligation to start a singing group, although you might leave the training feeling really inspired to start a choir even if you hadn’t planned to!
This training is perfect for you as a facilitator of groups because singing belongs everywhere. It’s a valuable activity for connection, and sharing songs as part of your current role or setting will be of great benefit.

Are there any other costs after the training?

Yes, we are currently developing a membership model for any women who have taken our training. We anticipate that the membership will cost between £9 – £24 per month. With differing rates for active and inactive choir leaders. Further details will follow shortly and thank you for your patience.
Included in the membership will be regular events, your own webpage and Facebook page, marketing materials and mentorship and access to a network of peers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Singing Mamas Choir only for mums?

No! We welcome all women, any age and any life phase. When a new group starts, it’s usually mainly attracted to women with young babies, but not always. After a while with the group established, women will start coming without children which will then attract other women, often older women with grown-up children, flown the nest, and also women who aren’t mothers but want to be around women and children. Our leaders decide what kind of group they wish to promote, that may even be an adult-only session, and that’s fine too.

I like singing but I’m not sure if I’m good enough to lead others.

Come. You’ll be in the company of other women, also nervous, also uncertain. You are welcome and you’ll be a valued participant. The training is held in a way that promotes absolute inclusivity for women who have NO experience of this work. You won’t be exposed, ever. You will be guided until you are comfortable and ready to have a go. You will be encouraged and supported to dare yourself.

At the very least, you will leave nourished, with new skills and ready to explore the possibility of sharing what you’ve learned with other women. With terror and nerves around singing, you will be representative of many, many women. Out from your desire to sing with others, step forward from this place and you will inspire so many others to do the same as you.

I'm already a musician and/or choir leader. Will I learn anything new? Will I be overqualified for this training?

You will definitely gain valuable experience in the training. Not only will you learn a ton of new songs for your choir, but you’ll also be inspired by a whole host of new teaching styles and techniques to integrate with your own style. You’ll immerse in the experience of women’s circle, which is more than just a choir.
We facilitate space, crafted with care to promote inclusivity and non-judgment. You’ll learn what makes a Singing Mamas Choir session unique and you’ll become part of our network of leaders who will be your colleagues, ongoing into the future.

Singing Mamas is fast becoming a movement in its own right. Through our community choirs, we are dismantling the notion of wrong-notes and right-notes. As an experienced choir leader, this might be a different emphasis for you and we will show you the how and the why to bring this to your circles of women singers. We will also greatly value your skills and experience being shared with the other women trainees. You are so welcome.

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Will I be given any teaching resources?

Yes, you’ll receive a copy of ‘A Song Book for Everyone: Songline Edition’ by Singing Mamas Choir and you’ll learn dozens of new songs during the training itself. The songs that our leaders share in their choir sessions are varied and they tend to be songs that reflect the collective experience of what it is to be a woman and mother.
We encourage our leaders to sing what they love and if pop is your flavour, you’ll find plenty of short versions of well-known pop songs to teach, by ear, specially created to be a simple harmony song.
Many of our leaders have gone on to write material that they have shared within the network. Our members especially love to sing these songs. We supply a huge resource list of songs, the problem won’t be that you don’t have enough, it’ll be that you have too many to choose from!

Can I call myself a 'choir leader' after the two-part training?

Yes! We have learned, through giving training to over 70 women, that we are all entitled to be song sharers if we have a song that we wish to share… that’s where we start. You will leave the training with a pocket full of songs, a network of colleagues for support. You’ll be ready to gather your group together and start. You will surprise yourself, for sure.

Will I feel pressure to start my own Singing Mamas Choir?

You will be under no obligation to start a singing group, although you might leave the training feeling really inspired to start a choir even if you hadn’t planned to!
This training is perfect for you as a facilitator of groups because singing belongs everywhere. It’s a valuable activity for connection, and sharing songs as part of your current role or setting will be of great benefit.

Are there any other costs after the training?

Yes, we are currently developing a membership model for any women who have taken our training. We anticipate that the membership will cost between £9 – £24 per month. With differing rates for active and inactive choir leaders. Further details will follow shortly and thank you for your patience.
Included in the membership will be regular events, your own webpage and Facebook page, marketing materials and mentorship and access to a network of peers.

Sing and bring singing to others.
Join us as a choir leader!

Sing and bring singing to others. Join us as a choir leader!

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