Workshops & Courses

Mastering Chaos - a Leadership workshop

- an 'applied' version of the Lifemusic methodology for aspiring team leaders who know there's more to leadership than merely exercising their 'authority' and want to discover more...>

The Guild of Lifemusicians Training Programme 

- Train to be a Lifemusician and join the Guild of Lifemusicians. Learn the Lifemusic methodology, apply it to your work and teach it to others>

Mastering Chaos®


Mastering Chaos is an 'applied' version of Rod Paton's world-famous Lifemusic® Method and is aimed at anyone who aspires to lead a team.


Who is the workshop for? - Sales Teams, Marketing Teams, Telesales Teams, Local Government Teams, Civil Service Teams, Military Teams (Agile Mission Groups), Website Development Teams (where a large enough group of them work together), School/College Leadership Teams, Boards of Directors, Health and Social Care managers, and more...

Rod & Andrew's Lifemusic® programme “Mastering Chaos®” is a one-day workshop designed to help you develop awareness of different styles of leadership, recognising where these different styles of leadership apply, and practicing enhanced group facilitation skills. An unusual feature of this leadership programme is that it is based on different styles of musical leadership and what leaders outside of music can learn from the field of music.

Musical leadership is leadership 'in the moment' guiding complex simultaneous activities. Musicians will lead themselves and their 'team'; their band or orchestra, in a variety of different styles to suit the piece. The leadership style must 'fit', relate to what is happening now, with a sense of what's coming towards them, hopefully leading to the best outcome. Use the wrong 'style' of musical leadership and 'it just doesn't happen.'... read on


The Guild of Lifemusicians 


The LIFEMUSIC training programme, developed over many years at the University of Chichester offers a unique and well-tested approach to participatory, therapeutic and community music.

The method has been developed and refined over a period of more than twenty-five years and has trained over 120 practitioners many of whom now regularly use the method in a wide variety of professional fields including: docial and health care, music therapy, education, community support, team building.


The method employs creative participation within an accessible and simple to learn framework.

Lifemusic is based upon four basic principles:

  • Everybody is musical

  • There are no wrong notes in music

  • Every sound has a meaning

  • Making music is an act of trust

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