Community Music Wales (CMW) believes that music can impact the lives of even the hardest to reach individuals. It can have a highly positive effect when delivered in a sensitive and client centred way, by trained community music tutors and practitioners. Music enriches lives; it can be liberating; exciting; soothing; joyful – the act of creating music is, in itself, empowering.
Music is suitable for all groups – all ages and abilities. Activities can be tailored to capture the imagination and interest of all people.
Music is not just for people who are, or want to become musicians; it provides new opportunities for people to learn and to socialise. Using community music activities with groups can cross cultural divides and bridge age gaps whilst building cohesion, and in doing so bring communities together.
The aim of community music is not necessarily about the end product of a musical piece but the journey to get there.
Along the way participants can increase their confidence, levels of basic skills, community cohesion and strengthen community ties, as well as develop practical skills.
Music is easy to combine within larger creative projects using other art forms.
Music activity can be linked to visual arts, film making, animation, dance and theatre, to name a few.
Community music participation can:
-Increase confidence, self-esteem and develop positive aspirations
-Provide more opportunity for creativity and imaginative play
-Support the development of basic skills
-Creative community cohesion
-Enable participants to learn new skills
-Increase opportunities for the development of team work and collaborative thinking
-Increase awareness of work potential in the creative industries
As well as music skills, community music tutors need a range of creative, communication and technical skills.
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CMW is a leading provider in Wales of training for musicians working or intending to work as community music tutors.
CMW offers training for:
Musicians or students exploring the idea of community music
Experienced musicians who are starting to work in community music
Musicians who have been working in community settings for some time and who would like to develop their skills
Training for organisations who wish to employ music as a mechanism for community engagement
Training enables us to increase the amount of trained, good quality practitioners across Wales which has a huge impact on stimulating participatory activity, nurturing new talent as well as encouraging entrepreneurs to flourish.
To date, CMW has trained over 650 musicians, many of whom have gone on to leave previous employment and establish themselves as full time practitioners and artists. Also we have seen practitioners establishing their own social enterprises, employing local people and delivering invaluable activity in their local area.
As pioneers of community music training, we remain one of the leaders in accreditation of community music tutors. We deliver vocational music training, which improves music skills and provides Agored Cymru accreditation, transferable skills, increased basic skills, improved employability and progression to learning.
CMW is a registered accreditation centre and we remain at the forefront of informal music learning, through developing new courses and keeping abreast with new music technology. As well as music skills, community music tutors need a range of creative, communication and technical skills. CMW is a leading provider in Wales of training for musicians working or intending to work as community music tutors.