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Reflecting, sharing and preparing: what next with your early years music practice?

Wednesday 2 September 2020

10:00am - 12:30pm

Online via Zoom



In this session, Hannah Dunster and Gail Macleod from Soundcastle will use a reflective coaching process to help you think about your own levels of professional resilience over recent months and how you might want to move forward into a new academic year. The session will open a nurturing space for you to spend time on yourself, consider your current situation and guide you through a process of considering where you might want to make changes. There will be time to reflect on developments you may be making (or hoping to make), and share and learn from others in the early years music network. Grab a coffee and join us for a productive and reinvigorating morning of re-focussing in the company of others.


The session will run from 10am-12pm, with the room staying open for informal conversations until 12.30pm. This session will be hosted on Zoom. You will receive an email with further details nearer the time. Please also check your junk inbox.


This session is delivered in partnership with Tri-Music Together. It is free to attend.




Please note:
The session is being administrated by Sound Connections who will share delegate details with Tri-borough Music Hub. Please be aware as such that your details will be shared with Tri-borough Music Hub and that by signing up to the session, you are giving permission for this.

Hannah Dunster

Hannah Dunster

Hannah Dunster is a musician, facilitator, teacher and coach.  Her work centres on empowering people to realise and sustain their creative ideas and goals through a combination of coaching, music making and reflective practice.

Hannah is a Co-Director at Soundcastle, a music social enterprise which delivers community projects centred on building connectedness, resilience and wellbeing. She is currently project lead on Soundcastle’s People’s Music Collective – a programme which supports adults facing mental health challenges through the development and celebration of their creative skills. She has recently managed the successful transition of the project to an online format to sustain a positive connection with isolated members of the community during social isolation. Alongside this, Hannah delivers coaching and training for professional creatives on Soundcastle’s Music and Wellbeing training programme, supporting others to recognise and harness their unique personal strengths and open up new options for their professional growth. She advocates for creatives to develop skills in managing their own resilience and wellbeing within the sector, exploring routes of collaboration, support and co-building an artistic community of practice.

Alongside her work at Soundcastle, Hannah is also a teacher in Higher Education at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. She spends her Tuesday evenings facilitating a song writing group for adults with learning disabilities.


Gail Macleod

Gail Macleod

Gail MacLeod is a musician, facilitator and coach.  She is a founder Director of Soundcastle.  Soundcastle advocates for the value that music can bring to everyone’s lives, not only to take part in it but to create and feel ownership over it.  Through establishing long term community engagement for families and adults with mental health challenges, Soundcastle has developed a Theory of Practice which frames all their delivery and has led to a key strand of arts facilitator training.  This has now broadened into further coaching and mentoring for creatives and creative networks and enterprises.  Over the last five years, Gail has also been leading Soundcastle’s flagship project for families in east London called Musical Beacons.  This brings parents, carers, grandparents, siblings and kids of all ages the space to come together to create new music and songs.

In conjunction with this work Gail teaches interdisciplinary practice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and mentors young artists on the Aldeburgh Young Musicians scheme.


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