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Why It's Not a Toolkit

Training for community music leaders, online or via practical workshops, often offers the notion of a "toolkit". It's an attractive proposition. But it's seldom defined - leaving the trainee to guess the meaning of the term.

So what might this toolkit consist of? Without a precise definition, the imagination springs into action to fill in the gaps. The world of community music workshops is deceptively complex: workshop leaders engage rooms of participants with varying learning styles, levels of musical experience, levels of social comfort and engagement, sensory needs, confidence and creativity. The terrain can appear to be confusing, exciting, contradictory - and rarely straightforward. What could be more useful than a set of tools to navigate, unlock, shape, edit and refine this delightful material?

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