Certificate music educators

Year of entry

The Trinity Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (CME) is a two-year course, however, course participants can opt for the fast-track route, and complete in a shorter time.

The course aims to meet the needs of local schools. It is for adults who appreciate the full scope of primary music education and who can support schools in meeting the needs of, and developing, the school’s music curriculum.

The course will enable music educators to gain recognition for their work while benefiting from opportunities to develop their practice. Participation in the CME will support music leaders and practitioners with the confidence and expertise to develop music education for all children, through an inclusive approach to the music curriculum, and an understanding of how schools and agencies such as music hubs may work in partnership.

Study is part-time and flexible. Each participant is expected to maintain a reflective journal; attend the equivalent of four one-day training days; engage in personal tutorials; and to be observed and assessed by the course tutor(s) on a minimum of two occasions.

Further support is arranged to fit around participants' professional commitments, meaning that they can continue with their professional activities whilst working towards the CME. Learners must complete the Trinity CME within two years, although many will complete it in less time.

Canterbury Christ Church University currently supports over 600 trainee teachers a year in primary music, and has a designated music tutor team as well as a well-equipped primary music room with access to primary music resources including up to date technology. Participants will have access to a range of textbooks and activity support publications.

The Certificate on Music Educators (CME) is for generalist, as well as specialist music educators who work with children and young people. Participants might include teachers, classroom assistants, local hubs, peripatetic vocal and instrumental teachers, community musicians and students of music/music education wishing to embark on, or develop their primary class teaching expertise.

The CME would support adults wishing to develop their music teaching skills and knowledge of the primary music curriculum including composing and music technology, as well as adults wishing to aspire to, or who already have a leadership role for the music curriculum.

The CME would be a key enhancement to the participant’s CV as well as benefit anyone considering further study in education, such as a BA/QTS or postgraduate certificate in education.

The Trinity CME assesses students across the following six units, representing up-to-date best practice in music education.

  • Understanding children and young people's musical learning
  • Planning, facilitating and evaluating young people's musical learning
  • Reflective practice and professional development in music education
  • Promoting children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in music education
  • Safeguarding in music education

The course is assessed and moderated by tutors at Canterbury Christ Church University and accredited by Trinity College London.

  • Work as a specialist within primary schools
  • Contribute to secondary cross-phase outreach work in primary schools
  • Complementing or contributing to the work of the hubs
  • Consultancy work in other educational settings
  • Saturday morning schools
  • Extra-curricular work

The course includes four days of very active seminars/workshops where participants will have first-hand opportunity to engage in primary music activities. The days will include reflection on and analysis of their own current practice.

Each participant will receive a minimum of three tutorials, including an initial tutorial to record current expertise and assess participants’ needs.

Participants are expected to maintain a reflective journal which will provide a record of developing expertise and future needs, as well as reflective notes on their own learning, children’s learning and implications for future learning.

Participants will be observed by the course tutor(s) teaching at least two music lessons (which may be through an assessment visit or through video evidence). Records of these assessments will add to the participants’ journals.

Both tutors are senior lecturers at Canterbury Christ Church University with many years of experience between them. This includes working not only with student teachers and teachers but also senior leaders in school and those with responsibility for music in a range of educational settings.

Both tutors have been significantly involved with national music education bodies and organisations, including CPR, Music Expert Subject Group.

The course is assessed through:

  • Attendance at four workshop/seminar days;
  • A Journal which records developing understanding of the six modules;
  • Evidence of at least two assessed class taught sessions by the course tutor(s);
  • Tutor and participant assessment through a reflective journal.

Course assessment is moderated both locally and externally.


2018/19 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  TBC N/A
Part-time  TBC N/A

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.
For further information, please email David Wheway david.wheway@canterbury.ac.uk

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2 years (but can be completed within the two year timescale)

Entry requirements

  • Adults working in schools with primary age children (including classroom teachers, visiting peripatetic vocal and instrumental teachers and musicians, community musicians, teaching assistants and students wishing to pursue primary music education as a future career).

    It is an expectation that course participants will already have, or gain, a DBS check prior to undertaking the course.



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