European Música do Círculo Leader Training

Italy 2024/2026

The European Música do Círculo Leader Training is a program of music and human development designed for facilitators, educators, musicians, therapists, and artists who are familiar with making music and wish to learn to lead transformative musical experiences based on voice, body, play, improvisation, and human relationships. It focuses on the study and practice of the “Música do Círculo” methodology to develop and enhance participants’ own way of leading the circle.

THE COURSE

This course offers participants the opportunity to:

  • Acquire tools to create music with any group of people in diverse contexts.
  • Develop their relationship with musicality through improvisation, incorporating music into their bodies, and deepening their listening skills to themselves, others, and the whole.
  • Expand their understanding of music and human relations, viewing music as a transformative phenomenon of the human experience that occurs within relationships.
  • Learn techniques, activities, and approaches that can be applied in both musical contexts and groups of “non-musicians.”

    COURSE CONTENT

    The 8 elements

    A stand-alone course focusing on the practical experience and conceptual understanding of the 8 elements of Música do Círculo, including Contact, Body Music, Improvisation, Play, Movement, Non-Verbal Communication, Flow, and Circle.

    The 8 inspirational games

    Focuses on play and includes the study of the essence and variations of each game using MdC videos and support material. Participants will have hands-on experience with their practice group and receive constructive feedback on their leadership.

    Building the flow

    Focuses on flow and movement, covering the structure of flow, contact as an intention during practice, leading formations in space, and using games, movement, voice, and body percussion to alternate the energy of the flow.

    Deeper into the practice

    Focuses on the circle, deepening in the 8 elements, hands-on experience with immediate guidance and constructive feedback, and co-leading planned, pre-determined, and improvised flows. Emphasizes the spirit of “Música do Círculo.”

    THE FACILITATORS

    Pedro Consorte

    Teaching artist of hybrid formation (music and dance), Pedro has been part of the group STOMP for 2 years. He is also part of the faculty at the International Body Music Festival and has dedicated himself increasingly to processes of learning and human development.

    Zuza Gonçalvez

    Musician and teaching artist focusing particularly on vocal music and body percussion, Zuza has explored alternative ways in collective music making for the last 20 years. He is an educator at Sesc Vila Mariana’s Music Center and is part of the faculty at Bobby McFerrin’s Circlesongs School.

    Ronaldo Crispim

    Teaching artist and songwriter, Ronaldo has dedicated himself professionally to body percussion since 2007. He was part of Fernando Barba’s study group (creator of Barbatuques) and for 7 years was responsible for the Fritos body music group. He holds a degree in Pedagogy of Cooperation and in the Gaia Education program of regenerative culture.

    INFO

    There are 4 modules in total (2 years). Each module consists of:

    First 3 Modules:

    • A 4-day in-person retreat
    • 8 online meetings every two weeks following the retreat, which will be recorded and available online. 
    Module 4:

    • A 6 day in-person retreat.
    • 4 online meetings every two weeks following the retreat, which will be recorded and available online
    Note: If you can’t participate in the online classes, you can follow the recordings and do the homework later.

      MODULE 1

      2nd Semester of 2024

      • In-person Immersion: August 1st to 4th 2024
      • Online: from 3pm to – 5pm Brazil time – check your countries local time
        • September 11th and 25th,
        • October 9th and 23rd,
        • November 6th and 20th,
        • December 4th and 18th

      MODULE 2

      1st Semester of 2025

      • In-person Immersion: February 13th to 16th 2025
      • Online: from 3pm to – 5pm Brazil time – check your countries local time
        • February 26th,
        • March 12th and 26th,
        • April 9th and 23rd,
        • May 7th and 21st,
        • June 4th 

      MODULE 3

      2nd Semester of 2025

      • In-person Immersion: August 7th – 10th
      • Online: from 3pm to – 5pm Brazil time – check your countries local time
        • September 3rd and 17th,
        • October 1st, 15th and 29th,
        • November 12th and 26th,
        • December 10th 

      MODULE 4

      1st Semester of 2026

      • In-person Immersion: February 24th to March 1st
      • Online: from 3pm to – 5pm Brazil time – check your countries local time
        • March 11th and 25th,
        • April 8th and 22nd 
      Online modules will be recorded and available online for you to watch later (if you need help figuring out what time it would be in your location use this time converter site https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/).

      FEES

      OPTION 1
      To participate only in the first in-person RETREAT:
      Price: EUR$650 (promotional price until the end of April: EUR$550)

      OPTION 2
      To participate only in the first MODULE (1 retreat + 8 online classes) or enrol in a module separately:
      Price: EUR$1000 (promotional price until the end of April: EUR$900)

      OPTION 3
      To enrol in all 4 modules together (2 years):
      Price: EUR$3800 in 4 instalments (promotional price until the end of April: EUR$3500)

      • Payments will be collected through PAYPAL.
      • Course activities and in-person-retreat accommodation prices are paid seperately. If you want to check the prices for accommodation, please check HERE 

      Important:
      •⁠ ⁠If you want to enroll module by module, you will pay the price according to OPTION 2

      FORMER PARTICIPANTS:

      •⁠ ⁠If you have already completed the full Musica do Circulo Leading course (4 modules), you can register free of charge, you just need to pay for your accommodation costs during the in-person-retreats (limited spots).

      •⁠ ⁠If you have already completed module 1 (online or in-person), you can start the course from module 2. And so on, successively. But we recommend that you take the course from the beginning, up to you. If you start from the beginning, you will receive a 50% discount on the modules you have already done before.

        LOCATION

        First and third retreat LA BASTIA, Viterbo (Rome, Italy)

        Reachable with trains, then from the Train Station in Soriano nel Cimino to La Bastia walk Km 1.5 or taxi

        PRICES PER NIGHT

        • Full Board in Single Use Double Room: €95
        • Full Board in Double Room: €80
        • Full Board in Triple Room: €75
        • Full Board in Quadruple Room: €70

        The price includes also the activity room and swimming pool. There is no tourist tax.

        Second and fourth retreat in Rome, venue TBC (with independent accommodation)

        Música do Círculo Leader Training offers a unique opportunity for musicians and students to deepen their understanding of collaborative musical practices. Through immersive in-person retreats, synchronous online meetings, and a comprehensive curriculum focusing on the 8 elements of Música do Círculo, participants will develop their leadership skills and enrich their musical experiences.