Certificate for Music Educators: Level 4

When and Where

6 Jan 2020 - 11 Dec 2020 (153 hours, 33 weeks)
Days and times
Morley College London


Full fee
£1100 This course may be available for free
Concession fee
Concession Fee discount not applicable
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Peter Collyer, Graham Dowdall, Phil Mullen
Course code

What you will learn

The Certificate for Music Educators (London) is focussed on developing and promoting inclusion in music education. It is designed to help all teaching musicians and especially those who may work with children and young people in challenging circumstances. Workshop leaders include Graham Dowdall and Phil Mullen, both leading practitioners in the field of community music making and passionate advocates for inclusive practices in music education. The CME is designed to ‘encourage music educators to develop new skills, consolidate their understanding of the purposes of music education, and build their reflective practice, with the ultimate goal of enhancing their contribution to the musical learning of children and young people’ (Trinity London Specification).

CME London is a partnership between Morley College London, Sound Connections and the Musicians' Union which will provide a London hub for the CME and a community of practice for London music teachers, through which they can share best practice and enhance their skills while gaining the qualification.

Musicians' Union members may be eligible for a bursary to cover part of the fees for this course. Contact us for more details.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of children and young people’s musical learning
  • Be able to plan, facilitate and evaluate children and young people’s musical learning
  • Apply reflective practice and professional development strategies in music education
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour in a music education setting
  • Ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded in your work as music educator
  • Understand your Safeguarding duties as a music educator of children and young people

Class format and activities

The dates stated above are the outside dates for the course. The curriculum is based around continuing professional development activities that will be incorporated in each participant’s regular teaching commitments.

The content of the CME consists of three principal activities:

1. One-to-one mentoring and lesson observations provided by the course tutors.
2. One-day workshops at Morley College London.
3. Online learning modules provided by the Musician’s Union and Morley College London.

Students will create a portfolio of reflective statements and short essays that address the learning outcomes.

The outline schedule for 2020 (subject to final confirmation) will be:
Friday 10th January 2020 14.00-16.00: Induction event at Morley College London
January 2020: Initial meetings between participants and mentors take place
Sunday 2nd February 2020 10.00-17.00, Morley College London: Workshop 1
Sunday 22th March 2020 10.00-17.00, Morley College London: Workshop 2
Sunday 7th June 2020 10.00-17.00, Morley College London: Workshop 3
Sunday 14th June 2020 10.00-17.00, Morley College London: Workshop 4
Workshops 5 and 6 TBC during Autumn Term 2020.
Deadline for final submission of complete portfolios will be 4th December 2020.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the CME, but learners wishing to register for the course 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

What you need to know before you enrol

The CME is a professional development course that runs from January to December and is for music educators who are current practitioners with regular teaching commitments, either private, in schools or at a music hub or centre. If you are unsure about the course's suitability for you then please contact peter.collyer@morleycollege.ac.uk for an informal conversation about the requirements of the CME.

What you will need for your class

You will need to keep notes on your teaching and to bring your notes with you to your one-to-one meetings. This can be done by hand or electronically. You will need a computer and access to the internet and email.
Instrumentalists should bring their instruments to all workshops.