“In the UK, over the last 10 – 15 years, the quantity and range of music for babies and very young children has expanded considerably. But standards of practice have not kept pace with this rapid expansion and remain worryingly low. The reason is clear. Early childhood music specialists are not required to have any form of prior qualification to practise. We expect degree level qualifications to lead music with all other age groups – but for some reason accept the fact that for children below the age of five, we do not require music educators to have any kind of prior, professional preparation.”
– Dr Susan Young
Fuelled by the passionate energies of MERYC-England trustees, and in partnership with the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) a professional qualification now exists for Music Educators. The Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood is distance learning, flexible and based around students’ own current practice. It focuses on how young children learn in music and the adult role in fostering, supporting and engendering children’s musicality.
Click on the link below to learn about The Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood, and discover how this formal qualification will raise standards and put early years music practice on a professional footing.