Workshops - Training, Mentoring and Project Management

Please first read ‘workshop-CV’ page for context.


Here are some examples of work that Jane has undertaken over recent years particularly in support of younger music workshop leaders. Such work always needs to be tailored to specific situations and a first meeting to discuss the devising of any such possibility is always welcomed.







An interest since 2004 when Jane became one of a five-strong mentoring group working under the leadership of coach-mentor, Edwina Parker, for Firebird in Lincolnshire. Following some co-training, each mentor offered a series of sessions to two or three younger community musicians. Jane met with musicians in Lincoln and Nottingham.


She has since mentored practitioners for the recent national Wider Opportunities music in schools (KS2) programme - also see training below.


She was invited to work through music making and discussion with adults with learning disabilities and their Day Centre staff to explore the theme of bullying.


On a number of recent occasions Jane has contributed a short presentation to the Cultural Industries (Conference Arts Day) for school leavers and students in Norfolk about careers in music.



Mentoring/Project Management


During 2009-2010, the Cambridgeshire County-wide project, Vital Communities, invited Jane and experienced singing practitioner, Rowena Whitehead, to co-manage its Heart of the World singing project that employed several singing leaders to work in schools and communities around the County. A part of this work involved visiting the singing leaders at work and discussing with them session strategies and content.


Similarly Jane was invited to manage the Wells Fishing Project run by Wells Primary School in Norfolk during 2007-08 which involved children both in school and more widely in the community studying the Fishing Heritage of the town. Apart from managing the practicalities of the project, Jane also worked closely with visiting artists and towns people to effect a successful outcome through workshops, performances and artwork celebrations.






Continuing Professional Development : The national Wider Opportunities scheme, that encouraged whole class music-making through the playing of instruments or singing, also offered a Continuing Professional Development strand for practitioners. As well as mentoring for this scheme, Jane was employed by Trinity College (London) in partnership with the Open University to lead a number of face-to-face workshops for practitioners across the country for the CPD module ‘What Is Musical Learning’ Composition’. Jane has also led a number of SingUp training sessions for SoundLINCS to help train adult singing leaders from teaching and community project backgrounds to support and enthuse children to sing (a part of the National SingUp programme).


Composition Lessons. From time to time Jane has worked on composing with individuals, including young people moving towards GCSE and A level music and adults simply interested to explore their own creativity.


In autumn 2008 Jane contributed a short presentation on community music projects to a London conference run by the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. The conference title was ‘Composers: Who needs them? – Composers and the Community’ and the keynote speaker was Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Master of the Queen’s Music).

Jane was also an artistic assessor (music) for Arts Council England from January 2012 to March 2017 and travelled to several venues across England in each of these years to complete this work.