Songleader Training Camp

The Bird Sings Songleader Training Camp
A 3-Week Intensive Online Course
Offered for the first time: July 24 – August 11, 2017

Developed by community singing facilitator Lisa G. Littlebird, this online course offers an accessible but deep dive into the basic skills needed to effectively lead, organize and grow community song circles. Whether you are an experienced singer with a vision of starting and leading a choir or are new to singing and wish to rapidly grow your confidence singing with others, this course is designed to meet your unique needs.

Lisa writes:

“It is my passionate mission to see community singing become a much more prolific activity in our modern, Western culture. I know firsthand that singing together boosts the wellbeing of every individual singer as well as the community as a whole in profound ways. I hold a vision where community singing has become as popular as yoga, found on every street corner. I envision a pathway for many other song leaders to step forward – enriching the lives and neighborhoods around them while providing abundance for themselves. I can see the uprising of a singing revolution that offers vitally necessary transformation and healing to our hearts, communities and planet.”

This is a course for those who share that vision and wish to be a contributor in it. You will leave the course with:

    • A digestible but comprehensive knowledge base of tools and skills, developed over Lisa’s decade of teaching experience.
    • A library of resources to support your ongoing learning and service in singing, song facilitation, community organizing and business management.
    • A rich network of peers and allies on your path from around the world.



The course includes:

  • Pre-course self-evalution and testing to help identify your goals.
  • Personal goal and milestone tracking, supported by 2 private, 30-minute sessions with Lisa. (In-person, Skype or phone.)
  • Video classes each weekday for three weeks.
  • Assigned peer cohorts for interactive study, practice, support and networking.
  • Assigned mentors and mentoree relationships for specific skill development and wisdom sharing.
  • Daily homework assignments, tailored to your personal goals and reviewed by the instructor and peer groups.
  • Online quizzes at the end of each subject segment.
  • Weekly video conference calls.
  • A final project video evaluation by Lisa.
  • Access to a private Facebook group with all other students to share resources during the course and beyond.
  • Access to a large and growing online library of songleading resources during the course and beyond.
  • A certificate of completion at the end of the course (not publicly accredited) with Lisa serving as a reference and mentor in your future endeavors.
  • Connections with peers and allies for a lifetime!

If you live near or choose to travel to Monterey, CA, we will have an optional, in-person gathering on Monday, July 31, after Lisa’s weekly song circle. This is simply an opportunity to meet Lisa, sing together and deepen connections with others in the class. It is not essential for full participation in the course.


This course is well-rounded in that it addresses the full breadth of skills that Lisa has found to be essential in successful oral-tradition style song leading. You will likely have some areas of fluency and other areas that are less developed. The course is designed in a modular and customizable way, so you can focus more on your personal areas of growth and breeze ahead through the sections where you already have a high degree of competence. You will be matched up with a student peer group, a mentor and a mentoree based upon your pre-course evaluations.

We will cover the following:

  • Community Leadership & Facilitation Skills
  • Music theory basics
  • Ear training and harmonies
  • Skills for song sharing
  • Building and organizing song repertoire
  • Voice fundamentals – for yourself and coaching others
  • Business skills – organizational systems, marketing and generating income

Each segment will include specific skills and knowledge, Lisa’s personal tips and best practices and a living library of resources that we will collectively curate and contribute to.


The price is $199 for this first course offering. As the first group of students in this training you receive this deeply discounted rate in exchange for your support through any kinks that may need to get ironed out and the completion of a detailed evaluation form at the end of the course. The course will be offered again in the fall at a higher price.

All scholarship spaces for this cohort are filled. Please check back in the fall for scholarship applications for the next course offering.


This class can be used and customized by individuals with a wide range of goals, ambition and experience. There is no grade, final test or publicly accredited certification upon completion, allowing you some freedom and ease to self-direct your focus.

You will be with a group of other students taking the course at the same time though, offering a unique opportunity to learn together and share resources.  To ensure the most beneficial experience for you and the other students, there are a few suggested pre-requisites and requests. We ask that you:

  • Fully intend to participate for all 3 weeks and complete the course, including your commitments to peers for study support and the post-course evaluation.
  • Budget an average of 2 hours each weekday during the course for study. If you need to miss a day or two it is no problem to catch up on following days or weekends. If you will miss many days it’s possible to catch up in intensive study sessions but not ideal. You may want to wait until the next offering.
  • Are willing to share your contact information with the students in your peer groups as well as an assigned mentor and mentoree. We will ask you to actively participate in these relationships during the class.
  • Have daily, reliable access to a computer or tablet with moderate to high-speed internet.
  • Check email daily during the course and have a basic technology skills, including: the ability to receive and send email attachments, navigate websites with video and audio files and download and install free web conferencing software on your PC or Mac.
  • Have some experience singing in a group in the last year. You need not identify as a confident singer yet, simply one willing to develop more skills and confidence, and to sing alone in front of others.
  • Group live video conferencing will take place at 6pm PST every Thursday during the course. It is not a problem if you have a conflict that prevents you from attending. The calls will be recorded so you can watch them later, but you will miss the opportunity to participate in the live q & a sessions.

If you you’re still not sure it’s a fit, you can email specific questions to Lisa – The pre-course self-evaluation will also be a helpful guide. Your course fee is fully refundable until the course begins.


Registration for this cohort closes on July 17th. After registering you will begin receiving course materials, including a pre-course evaluation.

We are thrilled to have you with us on this exceptionally awesome journey!

Your course fee is fully refundable before July 24th. After that date the course fee is non-refundable.


Can I take the course if I will be traveling and unavailable some of that time?

It will most likely not be a problem if you are unavailable for a few of the days as you can can catch up on subsequent days, however if you will miss more than a few it may be best to wait until the next offering. As there is a cohort of students all taking this course together, your peer study groups will rely upon consistent participation of everyone. There will not be classes, meetings or homework assignments on the weekends.

I offer or want to offer songleading primarily for children. Is this course a good fit for me?

This course is primarily focused on the skills and repertoire appropriate for songleading with teens and adults, although there will be many areas that cross over and are relevant to working with younger children as well. In this course we will touch briefly upon working with kids and diverse age groups but we will not give it deep focus. It may be best to email your specific questions and intentions to Lisa – – to help determine if this course will be useful for you.