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song leader training

Sophia is well known for her deeply soulful yet light hearted and inclusive teaching style. Over the last 17 years she has founded 4 community choirs, facilitated workshops at festivals, weddings, funerals and corporate events across the UK, Europe and the US, led singing holidays in Turkey and Italy, and created 'Embodied Song Retreats'.


At this training weekend she will be sharing her wealth of experience, inspiring others to develop their ability to hold space for harmony singing.

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"Sophia generously shared her experience and practical skills in a supportive and encouraging way" - Laura​

This training is for you if:

  • You love communal singing and want to begin your journey of learning how to teach songs in groups

  • You already lead singing groups and would like some some tips, inspiration and a confidence boost

  • You would like to incorporate singing into groups you already hold

What’s included:

  • An overview of community singing and why it is so important for our collective healing

  • The essential aspects of facilitation - how to create a safe and relaxed space

  • Anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism and how to support the safe use of the voice

  • Exploring effective vocal warm ups and identifying their purpose physically, emotionally and collectively

  • How to select songs for specific groups/situations

  • How to teach songs effectively - i.e. 'chunking', layering parts, adapting structure

  • How to embody the music so that you can transmit the essence of the song

  • Exploring conducting techniques

  • Developing an embodied understanding of pulse and rhythm

  • How to use simple audio software to learn harmonies and teach them effectively

  • How to run online singing sessions using a loop pedal

  • An introduction to group improvisation and singing games

  • Opportunities to lead a song and receive constructive feedback

  • Plenty of time for Q&A’s

  • Lots of singing!

  • A PDF of what's covered on the training (within 2 weeks after the weekend)

  • An online peer support facebook community for all those who have completed the training 

  • An opportunity to book 1-1 zoom sessions with Sophia after the weekend (for an additional fee)

  • Private or shared accommodation in a beautiful venue on the south coast of Sussex

  • Delicious, nourishing, plant-based food

"A rich, deepening experience with a toolkit of vocal techniques to take away!" - Seren


"It exceeded my expectations, it challenged me, and it created a most wonderful space" - Anna,

"Embodied learning, heart learning, technical learning!"  - Jake

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