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Certificate for Music Educators

For instrumental and vocal teachers, early years primary teachers, community musicians and workshop leaders, professional musicians undertaking educational work – Accredited by Trinity College London

The Certificate for Music Educators (CME) is designed to enable music educators to gain recognition for their work while benefiting from opportunities to develop their practice.

Study is part time and flexible over two years, with training and support arranged to fit around learners' professional commitments. Learners must complete within two years, although many will complete it in less time.

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Who is the CME for | What the CME assesses | Learning and assessment | Begin your application for the course

Who the CME is for

The Trinity CME has been developed for anyone who works as a music educator with children and young people, including:

  • instrumental and vocal teachers working with music services, hubs, schools or privately
  • early years and primary teachers
  • community musicians and workshop leaders
  • professional musicians who undertake education work

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What the CME assesses

The Trinity CME assesses learners across six units, representing up-to-date best practice in music education.

  • 1. Understanding children and young people's musical learning
  • 2. Planning, facilitating and evaluating young people's musical learning
  • 3. Reflective practice and professional development in music education
  • 4. Promoting children and young people's positive behaviour
  • 5. Equality, diversity and inclusion in music education
  • 6. Safeguarding in music education
The Certificate for Music Educators is broken down into six units of study, up-to-date best practice in music education

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Learning and assessment

Once registered, each learner completes an initial self-assessment to map their prior knowledge and experience against the six units of the course.

From here, the learner works with a mentor to develop and agree a personal action plan, setting out any training and support that will be required to enable the learner to meet the assessment criteria across all six units.

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence that meets all of the assessment criteria across all six units. This includes written work and practical demonstrations in the real working environment.

The course is pass or fail with no further gradations.

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Begin your application for the CME

Follow the link below to find out how to apply for the course and additional enrolment information. Prospective learners must be able to demonstrate:

  • a level of musical competence that is appropriate to the demands of their working environment
  • musical, communication and interpersonal skills that enable them to inspire confidence in and elicit musical responses form children and young people
  • the ability to cope with the learning and assessment demands of the CME.
Find out about the costs and how to express an interest in starting the CME course.

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