Beating Time Training Programme – Leading Group Singing in Prisons

Beating Time have opportunities for 4 aspiring music leaders to develop skills and confidence in leading singing groups in prison. Over 2 x 7 week stretches, each based in a different Midlands prison, trainees will shadow experienced music leaders, gain experience of working with a range of vulnerabilities and needs, and be given increasing responsibilities as the weeks progress. As part of these sessions trainees will build on their existing musical and leadership skills, will try out their own song arrangements and will help to prepare groups for performance.

At weekly tutorials between the prison sessions trainees will learn about the therapeutic benefits of group singing, about what is distinctive in working within prisons and about strategies for leading groups which include members with different needs and sometimes challenging behaviours. They will be able to debrief and learn from the previous prison session and will be supported to prepare for the following one.

Trainees will be 25 years of age or younger.

Time commitment – 2 half day sessions per week (plus personal preparation time) for 14 weeks

It is expected that applicants will have:
– A measure of vocal confidence in singing in front of others
– An ease of working within the pop music environment
– Some understanding of harmony as a basis for arranging songs

An ability to play an accompanying instrument (guitar/keyboard/ukelele) would be an advantage though not essential.

In person sessions will be paid at £80 per session including reasonable travel expenses.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter detailing why this opportunity interests you and how you would use the skills gained on the training programme to


Please note any successful applicants will need to be security cleared by the prisons they attend.

Deadline for applications is 2nd February 2024.