Newham Music and ABRSM launch London’s first dedicated Centre for Certificate for Music Educators

Newham Music's annual Festival of Youth © Lidia Crisafulli

Newham Music and ABRSM have announced a new partnership to provide the first dedicated Certificate for Music Educators (CME) course to be led by a London music education hub.

The Newham Music CME Centre will support careers in music education through skills development and a nationally recognised professional qualification, the ABRSM Certificate for Music Educators.

The initiative has been created in partnership with Arts Council England and Creative & Cultural Skills and is designed to help support and develop the skills of music educators including instrumental and vocal teachers, classroom teachers and community musicians. It is a flexible programme with practitioners creating a portfolio of evidence based on their current teaching practice.

Available to music teachers across Newham with immediate effect, training will be offered to the wider music teaching community throughout London from 2019.

John Bergin, CEO of Newham Music, said:

‘The Newham Music CME, in partnership with ABRSM, will offer a valuable and relevant opportunity for all musicians and teachers working across the wider music education sector – from those new to the workforce to the most experienced practitioners. It will be an indicator of quality and will encourage best practice.’

Julie Sharpe, Manager for Teaching and Learning at Newham Music, said:

‘Newham Music is passionate about supporting people to lead outstanding education, musically. High-quality creative arts educators are crucial for equipping our young people with the right skills for success in their future lives. For many teachers, the Newham Music CME will accredit the outstanding skills and work they are already doing.’

ABRSM’s Chief Executive, Michael Elliott, said:

‘Our ambition at ABRSM is to inspire achievement in music-making so we welcome the opportunity to positively influence the musical outcomes of children and young people. The Newham Music CME programme is designed to support inspiring, motivational learning of relevance to music educators at all stages of their career: learning that will, in turn, be shared with young music-makers. We are delighted to support and validate a programme of learning that will enhance the music learning experience for children and young people.’

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