Current training

Singing for Lung Health Online Training:
Spring 2021

What is it?

The Course will run over eight weeks online.

Content will consist of 6 modules delivered over 8 sessions.

The live Zoom sessions will be 2 hours 30 mins and will run weekly.

Training will consist of:

  1. Live Zoom sessions
  2. Home study (reading, watching videos, plus practical or creative explorations up to 30 mins per day)
  3. Extensive handouts
  4. Study resources, including audio, video and supporting documents
  5. 30 min individual mentoring session with Phoene
  6. Invitation to closed Facebook peer support group for Singing for Lung Health leaders (already with over 190 members trained by Phoene)

The content is developed from the original course written and delivered by Phoene Cave for the British Lung Foundation 2016 – 2020.

Please get in touch if you are interested in attending individual modules. Discounts available for existing singing for lung health leaders who wish to review individual modules.

The training will be delivered by the Musical Breath Team.

  • Online Singing for Lung Health course
  • 6 modules (8 sessions) – each 2.5 hours over Zoom
  • Cost £450 for 8 sessions (more details below)
1st March to 19th April 2021

Mondays. 4pm to 6.30pm

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Spring 2021 training (Block Three)

Mondays, 4pm to 6.30pm GMT

  • 01 March 2021 / Module 1: Introduction to Singing for Lung Health
  • 08 March 2021 / Module 2: Still & Moving body
  • 15 March 2021 / Module 3: Lung health & lung disease
  • 22 March 2021 / Module 4: Holistic Breath & Breathing Patterns
  • 29 March 2021 / Module 5: The Singing Voice
  • 05 OR 06 April 2021 TBC / Module 6: Delivery & content part 1
  • 12 April 2021 / Module 6: Delivery & content part 2
  • 19 April 2021 / Q&A (1hr 15 mins)

Your Zoom link and password will be provided prior to the session, along with details of any resources.

Course content

Module 1: Introduction to Singing for Lung Health


To give an overview to the context, background, research as well as content and delivery of singing as a tool for people with chronic lung conditions. Welcome to one another and the course modules. What do we bring and what we want to take away?


You will have a clear idea of where and when Singing for Lung Health began, its aims, objectives and outputs along with where it fits into the wider Arts in Health picture, including research and future plans.

Module 2: The Still and Moving Body

“It is fruitless to try to change a breathing pattern until choices become available to a person in the way they stand and move” (Blackaby, P. 2018. Intelligent Yoga. Casita)


To provide an overview of somatic practice and the relationship between body and breath.


You will gain a greater self-awareness of your movement patterns and how they might impact on breathing patterns. You will understand importance of physical activity and expressive gesture. You will have a choice of activity to support both functional and creative movement. You will learn some creative physical warm-up’s to bring awareness to and promote better breathing.

Module 3: Lung Health and Lung Disease


To provide information on respiration and breathing mechanics and how these can be impacted by the pathology of a lung disease. To introduce how singing for lung health might support symptoms and management of breathlessness.


You will gain knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, plus pathology and symptom picture of different chronic lung conditions.   An experiential session of Singing for Lung Health will provide and understanding of how singing can support people with different respiratory conditions.

Module 4 : The Holistic Breath

“There is not one correct way to breathe, but there are common ways in which people restrict their breathing” (Farhi, D.1996. The Breathing Book. Holt)


To provide an overview of the inseparable relationship between body, breath, movement, voice and mind.


You will gain knowledge about whole body breathing, mapping and experiencing your own unique breathing pattern. You will gain knowledge and understanding of dysfunctional breathing patterns including hyperventilation and their relationship to physiology, psychology and pathology.

Module 5: The Singing Voice


To provide an overview of how the voice works and optimum singing and breathing techniques to support someone with a chronic lung condition.


You will have a basic knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism and a practical understanding of the most efficient breathing for singing. You will learn about some of the vocal issues affecting people with lung conditions plus a toolkit to work with ageing voices, people who have been intubated and/or struggle with dysphonia (voice hoarseness).

Module 6: Singing for Lung Health Delivery and Content (2 sessions)


To workshop in small groups the delivery and content of the Singing for Lung Health programme.


How to work creatively and appropriately through music with physical, vocal and breathing warm-ups, sung repertoire and guided relaxation to support those with chronic lung conditions to manage breathlessness.
NB: This module will run over TWO sessions. Participants will be expected to participate practically and to co-lead sessions in break out rooms trying out different musical content.

Skills and competencies

It is expected that to take the full course you have either:

  • Taken the introductory course in generic song leading run by Liz Swain or Delia Rosenboom


If you are a healthcare professional, or relatively new to leading group singing, you may wish to complete one of Delia Rosenboom’s introductory courses* first:


* These courses are not run by The Musical Breath.

Costs and how to pay


£ 495

for the course.For individuals funded by organisations.

Full costStandard price

£ 450

for the course.


£ 350

for the courseLimited number available.

Please email for more details about limited concession places.

To pay

Cancellation and refund policy

Numbers will be capped at 18 people per course and a minimum of 14 are required to run course.

  • In the unlikely event that a minimum of 14 participants are not booked in for each course, it may be that you are requested to move to another block, or payment will be fully refunded.
  • Space is strictly limited to an absolute maximum of 18 participants per course on a first come first serve basis.
  • There are no plans to record sessions.
  • If for any reason you cancel, refunds will be made depending on the amount of notice given:
    • 30+ days notice of cancellation = 80% refund.
    • 14- 29 days notice of cancellation = 50% refund
    • 0-14 days notice of cancellation = no refund.