A message from Lifemusic founder Rod Paton:

"The Future of Lifemusic

Firstly my heartfelt thanks to Laura Cousins who has been an amazing organizer and advocate for Lifemusic over the past five years. She has been tireless in promoting the workshops and training, developing the online presence and has been an incredibly supportive and generous partner. She also has a deeply informed and intuitive understanding of the principles and practice of LM and although she is now stepping back I know that she will continue to carry this work forwards in her own projects. She will be missed by all of us. I cannot thank her enough for her tireless, energetic and deeply musical support – and for her bread pudding!

For the immediate future, although we have decided to cancel the Autumn training course in Southampton, I will be running three full-day workshops at the University of Chichester where it all began over 25 years ago. 

These will take place on September 17th, October 15th and November 19th 2016. Places are limited to 15 and although not specifically part of the training programme, the workshops will be credited for trainees and priority will be given to those who want to complete their training and gain a certificate.

Into the New Year, we are planning to move the base for Lifemusic to Wales. This may take some time to establish so please be patient and watch this space for more news. Meanwhile I very much hope to see some of you at the Autumn gatherings in Chichester."



Lifemusic is a Community Interest Company, dedicated to providing creative music-making sessions in a non-judgemental, inclusive and enjoyable atmosphere. We run practitioner training courses, administer the Guild of Lifemusicians, run retreats Gathering Days, and conduct research into the benefits of musical group improvising on how we think, feel, and relate to others. 

Developed over many years of practice and research, the Lifemusic method has been used successfully with a range of community groups including older and younger people, in health and social care, in music therapy and education, with the learning disabled and the non-disabled as well as for team-building and stress-busting. 

We believe: 

◊ Everyone is musical
◊ There are no wrong notes in music
◊ Every sound has a meaning
◊ Making music is an act of trust

Using a wide variety of simple instruments, participants create entirely original pieces of music based upon ideas, images, stories and feelings.

Lifemusic is designed to promote well-being, enhance relationships, enrich lives and strengthen communities. It can be used by both musically trained and untrained individuals.

We run regular participatory workshops throughout the year as well as a Lifemusic Practitioner training course. The training is ideal for teachers, group workers, music therapists, community musicians, drum circle facilitators, counsellors, care assistants, activities coordinators, healthcare staff and creative therapists, to name but a few. 

Recent feedback from our students:

Caroline and Kyle Coleman - Connections Through Music Autism

"My autistic son Kyle and myself both completed our level one Lifemusic training last year. We both got so much out of it and discovered a deeper understanding of music making. We have imbued the Lifemusic practices into our own musical approach with community groups and our own intuitive musical one to one sessions. We will most definitely be signing up for level two of the training when it becomes available."
Visit Connections Through Music Autism's Facebook Page, here.

Shirley Stump - Yo Baby

"This has changed how I deliver music, I apply it all the areas I work in. The course was fantastic, well delivered and the ongoing support is just incredible... also made so many lovely new friends!"

Visit Shirley's website, here.

Stuart Jebbitt - Music Therapist and Community Musician

"I'd throughly recommend these sessions to musicians of any genre as a way to reconnect with that essential creative essence that we lose touch with when we get too bogged down in musical rules and conventions. You'll re-experience that euphoria that you first felt when you started playing. You come away both energised and cleansed!"

Rod Paton, Laura Cousins, Clare Tarling and Janet Ayers