A person who helps a group to work together.


The term applies to different contexts like education, social work or business. Tasks include resolving conflicts, achieving synergy or facilitating discussion.

The word functions to describe a function but also as a profession. International Association of Facilitators lists the following core competencies of a facilitator: (1) Create collaborative client relationships; (2) Plan appropriate group processes; (3) Create and sustain a participatory environment; (4) Guide group to appropriate and useful outcomes; (5) Build and maintain professional knowledge and; (6) Model positive professional attitude.

For music

You may wish to get inspired by facilitators' know-how if you run music game meetings especially when they are open for everyone.

Content neutrality is advised if the difference of preference is expected. In such case facilitators avoid taking stance in the discussion and structure the process making sure different approaches get due attention. For our field, a preference question that even if not put forth directly greatly influences what the group does is "what is good music?". If you are organizing the meeting, your influence is boosted, often it's better to stay back and let the group negotiate related matters on even ground, but it's not an easy task.

Expertise in the field is very useful when working with inexperienced group, but most often it's not the requirement and other methods of insight into the topic may be available. The tools needed by the group to arrive at satisfying results are to be assessed by the facilitator, so it's best to know as much as possible about the group in advance.

Workshopping may be needed before the meeting moves to the main part. It may include warm-ups, energizers, ice-breakers or other mini-games depending on a main task and the group. Best to be prepared!

From facilitators

Many "music games people" are working also as facilitators for music gaming events. Many info on how to set up a music game meeting will be available here, but for material from other places, see below. And feel free to add links to your place if suitable.

Kalani Das, a published music games author, has many thoughts on facilitating, especially in the context of community drum circles and music therapy. Here is the first part of his lecture on the topic:

And a playlist "Community Drumming Facilitation" on a different YouTube channel that he ran:

Misha Glouberman is working as a facilitator in the general institutional sense. He was also running interesting projects in music and theatre. Especially important here, "Terrible Noises for Beautiful People" classes and "Open Cobra" ( https://www.zoilus.com/documents/news/2004/000112.html ) in Toronto.

More details currently available only through in the archive:

Mary Knysh works with all age groups from children to the elderly. She cooperates with Music for People.


Tobias Reber facilitates at workshops (e.g. on algorithic compositions), sound walks and other events. For notes on these and other activities, you can check "A Hundred Quirky Legs" blog which includes the series Composition Exercises.


Magdalena Schatzmann connects music workshops with Deep Democracy processes:

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