The Flute Haven Leadership Program is designed for people who lead or wish to lead
flute circles and Native Flute workshops.
This program begins on Sunday evening, September 13th and
continues through the closing session on Sunday, September 20th at Noon.
Participants in the Leadership Program get coaching in the art of music workshop facilitation
from instructors with a collective 37 years of experience in music facilitation. Topics include:
- Structuring a music workshop event
- Dozens of activities for Native Flute players
- Facilitating ensembles
In addition, participants will get direct hands-on experience facilitating groups of flute players in the Weeklong Program that runs Sunday evening through Friday as well as participants who join us for a Customized Program.
Participants in the Leadership Program also receive a copy of the Native Flute Handbook, which contains many chapters on flute circle facilitation. The articles in this book provide background and context on all aspects of music facilitation.
We provide this book in advance of the Leadership Program (by postal mail) as background material and context. Please do not feel that you have to absorb all the material, but it's a good idea to at least peruse the content and read over the sections that you find interesting.
Also, the Leadership Program is part of (and often the first step in completing) the more general Flute Haven Musicianship Program.
The Leadership Program is designed to introduce you to the techniques and principles of facilitating music workshops in general and Native Flute circles in particular. You will be present at Flute Haven from two points of view: the participant and the facilitator …
constantly switching back and forth — participating in activities, taking notes on activities as they happen, and leading activities.
The goal of the Leadership Program is to give you a basis in facilitating musical activities for people of various musical backgrounds. The model setting for an event you would facilitate would be a flute circle, but the concept extends to many other situations, including drum circles, family gatherings, music sessions in medical care facilities, and performing in general.
All the facilitators at Flute Haven have extensive training and experience in music facilitation, and we are all actively facilitating workshops. This is your opportunity to go deep into the art and craft of facilitation … watch, listen, ask questions, and take notes. Of course, the goal is not to directly emulate any particular facilitator's style … it is to develop your own style. You will see a wide range of facilitating styles at Flute Haven, because there are a wide range of personalities and backgrounds.
In general, during the Sunday — Tuesday sessions specific to the Leadership Program, we will be covering:
- General philosophy and approach to music making that accommodates all levels of experience.
- Structuring a workshop session, including room setup, the general flow, managing the group energy, and keeping things musical.
- Specific activities for Native Flute players that involve players of various levels of experience, and get people playing musically without having a room full of flute players all tootin' at once.
- Preparing for and handling difficult situations that may arise.
Once the Weeklong Program begins, you will be a participant, but will be asked to step into the role of facilitator at various points throughout the weekend. This is your opportunity to get your feet wet leading groups of various sizes, in an environment where you will be completely supported, to any degree you need by the experienced staff facilitators.
All of this is largely independent of your level of experience on the Native Flute. A facilitator's job is not to show off their skills on the instruments, but to channel group energy into a positive experience for all in the group, and to help people find their own path with the instrument. Of course, there is a teaching component, but you don't have to be the one doing all the teaching! Finding and showcasing the more experienced people in the room to create a situation where learnings are shared is one of the greatest accomplishments of a facilitator.
Note that we are still showing the 2015 schedule across this site. Schedules for Flute Haven 2016 will be posted shortly!
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Sunday — Tuesday
Tuesday — Friday
Friday — Sunday