Past Courses

Past Courses

your co-ordination, your understanding of intervals, chords and tonalities?

Would you like to learn in a sociable, calm, supportive environment?

Are you a professional or amateur musician?

Would you like to improve your general musicianship skills?

Would you like to develop your musical memory, your aural acuity, your sight-singing ability,

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then The Phoenix Collective can help!


We are a group of musicians passionate about education and the arts in general.   We are all trained in the Kodály approach to music education and his philosophy as a music teacher is part of everything we do.


We provide short courses on a variety of musical topics, in various parts of the UK, including singing lessons in London. We are also able to provide bespoke courses upon request. Our members also provide their own individual training and courses. 

Chris Rupp is a classically-trained, versatile and creative musician who has over 20 years’ experience as a performer, composer and arranger.

His a cappella group 'Home Free' won NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off’ competition for a cappella groups (previously won by Pentatonix) in 2013. With Chris, they recorded several albums and toured extensively in both the USA and Europe.

In 2016 Chris decided to leave the band to explore his own musical passions and interests.

Since then he has formed another band, 7th Avenue, and has released two albums with them. His solo albums include a cappella hymns/gospel songs, original songs, piano compositions and collaborations with other artists including Simon Khorolskiy, Tim Foust and Melissa Priller (violin).

Chris is available on Sunday 20th October for bookings, either from individuals or groups.

One booking already made is an hour’s songwriting session, bought as a husband’s 40th birthday present.


  • Chris can help you work on a song that you have started, or will work on one from scratch
  • He plays piano and guitar so can also help with accompaniments on these instruments
  • Chris will also run sessions for a group who would like to work on a collaborative song together

A Cappella Arranging:

  • Do you run a choir or vocal group?
  • Would you like help arranging a song for your group to learn and perform?
  • Chris can work on any type of arrangement with you, from simple to complex, and for a variety of voice parts and types.

You can find out a bit more about Chris here, and the following links will demonstrate the wide variety of Chris’s work:

An original song, his a cappella arrangement of the same song, his SATB arrangement for 7th Avenue, a

hymn / spiritual song, arranged by Chris where he also sings all the parts, a piece where Bach meets Ed Sheeran and a Chopin Nocturne

Cyrilla Rowsell's Music in the Primary Classroom is both for those those completely new to the Kodály approach as well as for those who already have some experience. Within it, Cyrilla will look at:



  • What should children sing?
  • Why should children sing?
  • What makes a good song?
  • How many things can we do with a song?
  • How to teach a song
  • The value and purpose of singing games
  • What are we wanting to achieve when children sing?


Teaching Musical Elements:

  • Learn how to teach musical elements through song and rhyme material, including:
  • Pulse
  • Rhythm
  • Pitch
  • Tempo
  • Dynamics


Structure and Progression:

  • How to plan and structure a lesson and a sequence of lessons
  • How to link material and activities in order to ensure the most effective learning


Older Beginners:

  • How to start teaching children of 9+ who are new to this way of working

Joining Cyrilla for this course will be the creative educator Gerard Klaassens from the Netherlands. He will be looking at:


Multi-cultural Songs:

  • Learn new repertoire from around the world, including songs from Africa, Europe, India and South America
  • Gerard will show ways of using these effectively in the classroom


Music Listening:

  • In these sessions you will discover lively and creative ways to respond to music from the classical repertoire


Working With Materials:

  • No budget for instruments?
  • Learn how to use everyday objects – paper, ribbons, drumsticks, spoons and puppets – to enhance the musical experience of your students!


Rounds, Canons and Partner Songs:

  • Explore ways to prepare for successful part-singing, using movement, rhythm exercises and ostinati
  • You will also learn new repertoire and how to help your students achieve beautiful canon singing

'...out of the ashes will rise the phoenix of humanity.'

Lucy H Pierce