Coaching for creative teams

Boost your practice with our in-depth project development support
Sound Sense coaching sessions are run by Sound Sense director Åsa Malmsten, an experienced creative producer and coach with many years experience of leading creative teams through commissioning processes and business development.  The sessions are aimed at anyone working in community music practice, wanting to develop a specific project or business idea.

Åsa, who trained as a coach in 2014 following years of self taught practice working in community music, says: "Since taking over as director of Sound Sense, I have been talking to community musicians, trying to work out just what else Sound Sense can offer to our members. Many people I have spoken to have mentioned the difficulty that working in silo can sometimes bring, and the need to get together with others, to set up strong partnerships and a wish to work collaboratively with others. By offering coaching and mentoring to our members, we aim to assist in the CPD of our community music practitioners in a hands-on, practical way. Coaching is a brilliant method of professional development, as it can be tailored specifically to the needs of the team or individual. You can achieve fantastic results in a relatively short amount of time."

" Åsa's coaching was so useful in many ways, helping us to bring out the essence of our project, prioritize the next steps and giving us confidence to go forward. It's given us a great boost to our commitment and enthusiasm at a time when we're struggling for funding" 

  Sarah Northcott, Inspire project, Scotland


” When we booked the coaching with Åsa, we were a small team with big ambitions. The coaching session really helped us focus our priorities and think strategically about what to do and when. By analysing our strengths and weaknesses, we were able to develop business strategies and develop new strands of work, which has helped us build our business. We have never been busier!”

Bridie Doyle-Roberts of Citrus Arts, Wales
Special rates for Sound Sense members

Our standard package includes planning and prep with the team or individual in advance of the session, followed by a session working together on the strategic goals of a project or business plan and follow up support following on from the session. The price for this package is £450, but Sound Sense members benefit from a discount of one third, bringing the total cost to £300.

More professional development opportunities from Sound Sense and its members 

We are the professional organisation supporting community musicians, and a big part of this is supporting professional development. We do this by publishing information on CPD, training, conferences and workshops. As a member, we’d like to share your opportunities too. If you are running an event you think we should know about, get in touch.To view our full listings of courses and events, please click here

16 November 2019
A one day course at Goldsmiths looking at how music can enable those living with dementia to connect and create, combating social isolation, and helping maintain a sense of agency and identity. Tutored by Sound Sense member, Bela Emerson.
23 November 2019
This one day course at Goldsmiths focuses on working with so-called “hard to reach” young people, in overcoming the challenges they face through music. Tutored by Sound Sense board member, Graham Dowdall.
25 November 2019 - 26 November 2019
The 5th annual ICCM Student Research Symposium, delivered in partnership with Sound Sense, will focus on critique. Through this years theme we will explore the ways in which we discuss our critical perspectives, how these are presented and learn from each others experience of feedback and critique within our research.
30 November 2019
This one day course at Goldsmiths explores some of the disabling barriers these groups face, as well as physical, cognitive and learning challenges, and how creative and participatory music sessions can benefit them. Tutored by Sound Sense board member, Graham Dowdall.
01 February 2020
Applications will open in July for this postgraduate programme offered by Sound Sense member, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
13 February 2020
Sound Connections' annual gathering this year will open up a dialogue on what power and privilege means in music education and for those working with and for children and young people
17 February 2020 - 18 February 2020
Sound Sense invites you to take part in the second Training the Community Musician Symposium, bringing together practitioners who teach Community Music in formal, informal and non-formal sectors. Following on from feedback from Training the Community Musician symposium 2019, this second symposium will delve into and explore three of the themes that came out of the open space discussions of the previous symposium. The symposium will combine using Open Space facilitation with panel discussions and provocations

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