by Author Liz Stafford

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Workforce Development for Community Music Organisations

At Music Education Solutions® we have been helping musicians and music teachers develop their skills for over 10 years. Since 2014 we have offered the Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (Trinity CME) through distance learning as part of our teacher development portfolio. Youth Music has been extremely supportive of the CME which is an important part of the current National Plan for Music Educators (NPME), and a number of our CME learners have had their places paid for via Youth Music funding.

The Trinity CME educates learners in 6 key areas:

  • Understanding Musical Learning - why children and young people value learning, and how music education can benefit their development
  • Planning, Facilitating and Evaluating Musical Learning - how to plan, deliver and evaluate music activities
  • Reflective Practice and Professional Development - how to use reflection to improve your teaching
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour - how to avoid and deal with behaviour issues
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - how to make your music activities inclusive
  • Safeguarding - legislation and procedures relating to keeping children & young people safe

The qualification is desgined to fit around the learner's lifestyles, and to enhance rather than hinder their working practices. Much of the evidence that learners create can be compiled from their day-to-day activities such as lesson planning, reflecting on their teaching, and submitting the policies and procedures which they have to adhere to in their working context. This means that the qualification is immediately embedded into the learners' working practices. Learners are also observed (either live or via video) leading music activities, and offered feedback from an experienced professional mentor.

Over 300 learners have engaged with the Trinity CME programme so far across the UK, through various different public and private centres. Many organisations look to the Trinity CME for their workforce development, and become centres for the qualification. But what if your organisation isn't in the position to become a centre, a process which involves a significant financial and time outlay? That is where a public centre such as ours can help. We have worked with numerous different Youth Music funded organisations to provide access to the qualification for individuals or entire teams, and because our programme is entirely online, we are able to offer this service right across the UK. To find out more about partnering with us to offer the qualification to your workforce, contact