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Course overview

A CPD programme that allows you to learn at the same time as continuing your regular work with children and young people.

The Trinity CME is an accredited qualification linked to a flexible programme of learning. It encourages music educators to develop new skills, consolidate their understanding of the purposes of music education, and build their reflective practice.

The ultimate goal is to enhance their contribution to the musical learning of children and young people.

The CME has been developed for anyone who works as a music educator with children and young people, whether they are new to the workforce or highly experienced. It is suitable for music educators working in any musical genre or educational setting. Learners might include:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Trinity CME, but learners wishing to register for the Trinity CME must 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 from children and young people
  • the ability to cope with the learning and assessment demands of the Trinity CME.

Structure and content

There are 6 units of work that are covered involving a combination of online study, face to face training sessions, 1 to 1 mentoring sessions, lesson observations and private study.

  • Unit 1
    Understanding children and young people's musical learning 
    45 guided learning hours
  • Unit 2
    Planning, facilitating and evaluating children and young people's musical learning 
    45 guided learning hours 
  • Unit 3
    Reflective practice and professional development in music education 
    35 guided learning hours
  • Unit 4
    Promoting children and young people's positive behaviour 
    25 guided learning hours
  • Unit 5
    Equality, diversity and young people in music education 
    15 guided learning hours
  • Unit 6
    Safeguarding children and young people in music education 
    20 guided learning hours

This qualification is awarded at GNVQ Level 4 (which is equivalent to the first year of undergraduate study)

Mode of learning

The Trinity CME is delivered by centres that are validated by Trinity to register, work with and assess learners. Music Education Hubs East Midlands (MEHEM) is operating as a centre for the Trinity CME in the East Midlands.

Once a learner has registered with MEHEM, the learner undertakes an initial self-assessment with the aim of mapping any prior knowledge and experience against the complete learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the Trinity CME.

Based on this self-assessment, a MEHEM mentor will then work with the learner to develop and agree a personal action plan, setting out:

  • any training and support that will be put in place to help the learner meet the assessment criteria
  • detailing ways in which the learner can compile their portfolio of evidence for assessment.

The mentor and the learner also agree an appropriate timescale for the completion of the Trinity CME. All learners must complete the Trinity CME within 24 months of registration, but many learners − especially those with significant prior learning and experience − will complete it in less time.


The Trinity CME is assessed through a portfolio of evidence, including practical demonstration in the real working environment. To achieve the Trinity CME, a learner must compile a portfolio of evidence that meets all of the assessment criteria across all six units.

To avoid learners having to repeat learning unnecessarily, evidence of prior learning and experience can be used to demonstrate that learners meet some or all of the assessment criteria. 

This is a straight pass/fail course with no further gradations.

Apply for the course

Follow the link below to find out how to apply for the course and additional enrolment information. 

Find out about the costs and how to express an interest in starting the CME course.