Singing Facilitation 101 – Online singing training with Ruth Routledge

04 Jun 2024—09 Jul 2024


A 6-week course online course on Zoom starting Tuesday 4th June 2024

“The online training with Ruth was outstanding in every way. She is so knowledgeable and inspiring and breathes life into every session.”  – N.G. Course participant April 2023
Weekly sessions on Tuesdays 1:15-2:45pm (UK time) online on Zoom starting Tuesday 4th June 2024.
Who is it for?

Emerging singing group leaders, existing leaders who want to develop their practice, health practitioners, arts and health facilitators, school teachers and anyone interested in leading singing groups.

What is included?
  • 6 x 1.5hr live sessions
  • Classnotes from the sessions
  • Opportunities for one to one coaching during sessions
  • Recordings of sessions
  • Certificate of course attendance and completion
How much?

Early bird bookings by Friday 10th May £180

Full course £199


Two instalments of £110 each due by 10th May and by 3rd June 2024

Course dates

Tuesdays 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th June, 2nd and 9th July.

Max 8 participants

Please contact me with any questions:

Course Structure

Week 1: All about YOU – identifying your strengths and areas of development, clarifying your role as a singing facilitator and what the boundaries around your role are.

Week 2: Warm-ups – what, how and why?

Week 3: Arm-gestures and non-verbal communication – starting and stopping, beating time, louds/softs/expression.

Week 4: How to efficiently teach a song.

Week 5: How to make your group sound amazing – active listening exercises.

Week 6: Trouble-shooting – managing group dynamics, pitching issues, recruitment and more.

My approach

Singing in a group is the act of making yourself vulnerable with others; seeing and hearing each other and being seen and heard using our voices/bodies and music. This creates the potential for deep connection and personal development and similarly the potential for deep hurt and destruction of confidence. Facilitating group singing is about creating a safe and supportive space to learn and grow together where participants are seen, heard, valued and co-creating with their facilitator. This course is participative, combining practical musicianship skills with group dynamics approaches informed by community music therapy, dance-therapy, sport psychology, psychodrama and singing therapy. Each session is structured around how to lead a safe and effective singing session, starting with a warm-up, learning a song with demonstrations and opportunities for you to experiment and try things out with constructive feedback.

My background

I am a singing facilitator and singing for health practitioner-researcher who is passionate about inclusion and using group singing to support the healthy development of individuals within a community.  After a degree in music and philosophy, I specialised in choral conducting, studying with Antoine Finck in Lyon, France. From there I founded and successfully led over 15 community choirs and singing for health groups in the UK and France (Pram Chorus parents’ choirs, Vocality Singing, Sol Singers) as well as leading groups for the Southbank Centre, London and family support charities Little Village and Homestart.

My experience is with people of all ages and abilities, from beginners to professionals in hospitals, schools, corporations, community and voluntary organisations and with people who have experienced homelessness, refugees, adults with disabilities/learning difficulties, children with SEND, mothers with PND amongst others. After attending training in creative leadership with Peder Karlsson (The Real Group, Perpetual Jazzile), I have developed an approach starting from a principle of care, developed into practical strategies to leading and running a choir to ensure inclusion, equality, listening, respect and each person being of value to the group. This has evolved into completing a Masters with the Voice Study Centre in Singing for Health, conducting research into the effects of group singing and developing a framework for singing for health research and practice.

Please contact me with any questions –

What previous participants say…

“A fantastic course that provides a solid foundation, covering all the important elements of leading community groups. Especially useful focus on how to get the best sound from your choir, things to do with them that‘s not just singing songs.”

“Really friendly and personable facilitation by Ruth, who is clearly a legend and who I wish I was lucky enough to sing in a choir with.”

“An excellent course for emerging singing leaders providing opportunities to learn and practise skills from an experienced facilitator.”

“A great introduction to the principle skills of choir leading delivered with a relaxed, fun and supportive vibe.”

“I wasn’t sure about doing a course online, but it was excellent, easy to follow and totally interactive.”

“I enjoyed it immensely and learned a lot. Your friendly, supportive presentation of material was superb. You made me feel less scared that I might somehow be letting my singers down. I enjoyed meeting others starting out on their choir leading journey and they helped me a lot too. Seeing their different styles and approaches was great. “

Event details


04 Jun 2024—09 Jul 2024


All day/more than one day


6 sessions £180 (early bird until 10th May 2024) then £199.

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