Certificate for Music Educators: Morley College, Sound Connections & Musicians’ Union

The course fee is £900.

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Visit the Morley College website for further information an to apply online.

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The course is led by Peter Collyer, Head of School, Music and Performing Arts at Morley College.

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What you will learn

The Certificate for Music Educators (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.

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 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 2019 (subject to final confirmation) will be:

  • Friday 4 January 2019 14.00-16.00: Induction event at Morley College London
  • Monday 7 January 2019: Course begins
  • January 2019: Initial meetings between participants and mentors take place
  • Sunday 27 January 2019 10.00-17.00, Morley College London: Workshop 1
  • Sunday 10 March 2019 10.00-17.00, Morley College London: Workshop 2
  • Sunday 9 June 2019 10.00-17.00, Morley College London: Workshop 3
  • Sunday 16 June 2019 10.00-17.00, Morley College London: Workshop 4
  • Workshops 5 and 6 TBC during Autumn Term 2019
  • Deadline for final submission of complete portfolios will be 6th December 2019

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.

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Richard Crozier studied music at university and, having completed a BA Hons degree and PGCE, taught in Secondary schools as Head of Music before becoming Area Music Co-ordinator in the County of Avon.

He was appointed County Music Inspector in Bedfordshire in 1991 and was Director of Professional Development at ABRSM from 1995-2012, where he led many professional development courses.

Richard is co-author of Carousel, a Primary music scheme (Ginn 1996), and, with Paul Harris, of The Music Teacher's Companion (ABRSM 2000). He is co-project director, with Nigel Scaife, for the publication, All Together! (ABRSM 2004), author of Musical Instruments for Children (Hamlyn 2007), and co-author, with Paul Harris, of Improve your Piano Grades 1,2,3 (Faber 2014).

Who are the mentors?

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This course:

  • is designed to fit alongside your other teaching commitments and enable you to take a fresh look at the way you approach your work
  • gives you the opportunity to take a look at your own teaching technique and specific strategies
  • offers a well structured programme with mentors who are all highly experienced string teachers

About the course

The PG Cert. (String Teaching) programme is at postgraduate level and is taught mainly online. It’s designed to fit alongside your other teaching commitments and will enable you as a stringed instrument teacher, at whatever stage you are in your career, to take a fresh look at the way you approach your work, no matter what the context of your work is.

Please visit the course website for full information.

What does the ESTA PG Cert. (String Teaching) course offer?

This course gives you the opportunity to take a look at your own teaching technique and the specific strategies and techniques you use, in addition to standing back and developing a broader perspective on teaching and learning and music education in general. The course offers a well structured programme with mentors who are all highly experienced string teachers and a blend of face-to-face and online learning that results in a level 7 qualification from a well regarded higher education institution. Being a student on this course is all about developing as a reflective practitioner, someone who is willing to stand back and look at what they are doing and contemplate changing aspects if they need to. The awarded Postgraduate Certificate (String Teaching) is a unique qualification for the teaching profession.

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Your course leader will provide an overview of the whole course, lead study sessions and make assessments of all students’ work to ensure fairness.

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Who is the ESTA PG Cert. (String Teaching) for?

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Danielle Jones: ‘I’d say something along the lines of gaining more confidence in my teaching… it’s such a unique course, I’d been looking for relevant professional development opportunities for a while and this was the first which seemed specifically tailored to me as a cello teacher. The tutors are inspirational and I have made great friends from all over the world, all of us share the same passion for teaching string instruments!’

David Novalbos Muela: ‘The PGCert is allowing me to improve my teaching further through self-reflection and sharing ideas with a lovely team of mentors and colleagues. It’s being just what I needed at this point of my teaching career!’

Julie Robinson: ‘The ESTA PGCert has given me the tools to analyse my own technique, helping me to become a better player and teacher. I have enjoyed being able to exchange ideas with colleagues outside of my immediate circle, including our excellent mentors.

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