"Community Music Wales gave us access to professionals who enhanced our work...Tutors brought out the best in all ages and abilities"
Jayne Neal, Tŷ Hapus, Conway
CMW's training offers practical and theory training in the key skills needed to work as a community music tutor in a wide range of community settings.
Our team building days have been especially formulated to be flexible to the requirements of business.
We have over 25 years experience developing and delivering workshops. We recognise that all groups have different issues and different needs. We'll discuss your group's needs and work with you to tailor activity for your time frame and budget.
In may CMW applied for a small funding pot from Voluntary Arts Wales to run open workshops in the community as part of voluntary arts week, and we were lucky enough to receive it. We decided to team up with Roath Food Market and run junk percussion workshops to provide an opportunity for the community to further socialize and create. On Saturday the 7th of May we popped down to Mackintosh Sports Club with an unusual selection of instruments (unusual because they hadn’t been made yet!) Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t on our side on the day, but that never stops us. With bits of junk and recycling in hand we set about attracting people over to have a go. Thankfully plenty of people agreed that the weather shouldn’t stop you being creative and they got stuck right in, creating their own instruments and playing them alongside our very experienced tutor Fran. People of all ages gathered round to literally make music with us, and we hope that the activities echoed the message of sustainability the market organisers abide by, and that we encouraged people to make music at home. A few weeks after this workshop on the 2nd of June Fran also went to Radio Wales to teach Wynne Evans how to make a few instruments and talk about CMW. You can still listen to the broadcast on BBC iPlayer, and trust us that it’s worth it!
Community Music Wales will be running a community arts tutor training course in Cardiff this July.
The course will aim both to develop essential, core competencies and to celebrate and encourage individuality and diversity.
Who is it for?
- Want to increase their skills, knowledge and understanding in using creative activities in their work with people.
- Already work in a creative field, or want to start using art in a work or voluntary context, including youth workers, teaching assistants, carers, early years workers, play workers, day centre staff, after school club leaders, youth justice sector workers etc
- Have a strong interest in creative activities and have some artistic skills
- Have the potential to inspire and motivate people to create
If you are interested in the course please don't hesitate to call us on:
Community Music Wales Tutor Training benefitted me in ways I would have never imagined 18 months ago. I have always played music for myself and my enjoyment but I've never really used my skills and knowledge to enable others to be creative with music. I never thought it would be so rewarding for me to be able to bring so much joy to people through different musical games, exercises and songs and by empowering them to make a choice about how they would like to be creative within the workshop.
During the course I was working a part time job to help me fund my music career. Since completing the course I have become a full time musician again and the course has helped me find new work and encourage me to use my musical skills in a variety of different ways.
Personally what I got out of the training course was being able to work on skills I already had, plus I gained a lot more. I gained insight into working with different groups of people, and how I would manage working with different groups of people. I learned loads of ideas for workshops and how to manage my time and preparation for actually running a workshop which was invaluable.
Ciwdod has been a part of Community Music Wales since 2004 and in a number of different guises. Originally a partnership between CMW and the Welsh Language Board (and later the Welsh Government) Ciwdod is dedicated to increasing involvement in Welsh language music making. In the past Ciwdod has provided recording opportunities for bands and artists in a variety of genres and supported them in their first releases. These have included Radio Luxembourg, Derwyddon Dr Gonzo, Plant Duw, and Yr Ods, to name a few.
With project funding from the Welsh Government’s ‘Moving Forward’ scheme, Ciwdod’s newest incarnation is in the form of the website ciwdod.com which is dedicated to providing information about Welsh language music and guidance for Welsh language musicians. The website features information such as upcoming gigs, releases from Welsh language artists as well as guest articles and news.
The Website launched on the 12th of February 2016, which was Welsh Music Day. To promote both of these things CMW, alongside Noson 4a6, hosted a gig with Kissy Crawford, Calfari and Fi a Fo in Clwb Canol Dre, Caernarfon. The gig was an excellent celebration of Welsh language music and a great start to Ciwdod.com
One of the main features of the website will be interviews and tutorials with people already working within the Welsh music industry, such as Radio DJ’s, singer songwriters and even Community Music Wales tutors. Soon to be uploaded to the website will be an interview with Bethan Elfyn of Radio Wales fame, who talked in depth about her experience of the Welsh music industry as well as other topics such as her favourite Welsh language bands. Keep an eye out for the interview – it’s a good one!
One of the main points of ciwdod.com is that we want it to be a collaborative effort. While CMW as a whole has a vast array of experience within the Welsh music industry, we can only provide so much help. We want to provide the best possible start for Welsh and Welsh language musicians, and while we understand each case will be different and we can’t provide every bit of information, we can still try! This is why we need your help. If you would like to submit a guest article, or be interviewed, or even just tell us about a gig you’re involved with then please let us know. Visit ciwdod.com or flip to the contact page for more information.
— CommunityMusicWales (@CMW_CGC) February 12, 2016