The British Army | Leadership Training

Singing as a way of breaking barriers

To an extremely talented Jim Hawkins thank you so much for your time today. The instructors of the Army Training Regiment at Pirbright absolutely loved their lesson-what an experience! Corporate leadership and coaching through the power of music never sounded better! We are now bonded with a new team song and full of energy to get on with training a new intake of 130 x recruits starting Monday. Great out of the box learning, and taught so well- I have never heard 33 x soldiers sound so good and some are now interested in joining a choir, which is a result!

Army officer

Singing Workshop to deconstruct the learning experience for Army Trainers

James Hawkins Music was approached by a Major at Pirbright, Surrey, to put on a unique workshop for the Army Training Regiment.

The participants were not expecting to be singing in their training session, rather they thought they were going to be put through an intense physcal training session. This was part of the plan, to bring them out of their comfort zone in a very unexpected way, and have a taste of being a novice learner in a risky personal situation. Singing is a great leveller, and the group found that they had to let go of their inhibitions and get stuck in, an excellent team-building task.

Moreover, the singing session enabled James to reveal to the group of trainers some of his own training techniques to bring out the best in the less than comfortable singers, and to raise up leaders (soloists) in the group. The team and the senior officers were very much won over.

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If you like what we did with the London Hospices and Paul Carrack, or if you’re interested in utilising music for your cause, please get in touch. And you’re welcome to post your comments below too!