The Inclusive Practitioner Certificate for Music Educators 2019/20

Presented by NCIE

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The Inclusive Practitioner CME is a comprehensive training programme leading to a professional, level 4 qualification in music education designed by Bristol Music Trust’s National Centre for Inclusive Excellence (NCIE)and is accredited by Trinity College, London.

It offers musicians the opportunity to develop and validate their skills in working with young people who experience barriers when accessing music education in formal and non-formal settings.

Applications for the 2019/20 Inclusive Practitioner CME course have now closed. Individual training sessions are still bookable, scroll down to find out more.


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The Inclusive Practitioner Certificate for Music Educators 2019/20

Presented by NCIE

We’re excited to present the second year of The Inclusive Practitioner CME training programme with the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence following its success in 2018/19. Through this course musicians will develop their skills in working with young people with disabilities who experience barriers when accessing music education.

The course is led by experts in the field of musically inclusive practice and is built around an ethos of reflective practice and person-centred learning.

The CME programme consists of a year of face-to-face training and 1-2-1 learning mentor support. The work submitted includes a portfolio of coursework and observations.

Who is it for?

The CME is for music educators who have at least one year of previous experience, who are currently working with young people and who are committed to developing their inclusive practice.

Learners might include:

  • Instrumental and vocal teachers working with music services, hubs, schools or privately
  • Early years and primary teachers
  • Community musicians and workshop leaders
  • Professional musicians who undertake education work

How will the Inclusive Practitioner CME benefit me?

As a learner on the CME course you will:

  • Receive training from experts in the field
  • Gain a recognised qualification in music education
  • Enhance your skills in inclusive practice
  • Become part of a growing national network of inclusive practitioners through the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence.

Course Outline

The CME course consists of an induction and eight full days of training, which have been designed to meet the requirements of the qualification as well as preparing practitioners to work to a high standard.

Content includes:

  • Exploring the context of music education for young people
  • Understanding how young people develop musically
  • Identifying and overcoming barriers to musical learning
  • How to plan, facilitate and evaluate musical learning
  • Reflecting on your own work and professional development
  • Awareness of best practice including safeguarding and disability awareness

Entry Requirements

In order to apply for the Inclusive Practitioner CME, you should have:

  • At least one year’s experience as a music educator in any setting
  • Current work as a music educator with young people (paid or voluntary)*
  • A level 3 qualification (e.g. A-levels or NVQs) or equivalent experience
  • Up to date DBS clearance (we can provide support in starting this process if necessary)

You should be able to demonstrate:

  • A level of musical competence that is appropriate to the demands of your working environment
  • Appropriate musical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to cope with the learning and assessment demands of a Level 4 qualification

Course Fee

10 places are available on the course, including four bursaries (see below). The fee for a standard place is £250.00, this is heavily subsidised due to support from the National Foundation for Youth Music.

“It was very valuable…I am constantly using my learning and continuing to develop myself as an effective music leader.”

“It has definitely given me a lot more confidence as a music leader.”

How To Apply

Applications for the 2019/20 Inclusive Practitioner CME course have now closed. Individual sessions can still be booked via the links below.

2019/20 Course Brochure


What is the NCIE?

The NCIE is a national initiative established by Bristol Music Trust which aims to transform the music industry and education sectors by removing barriers to participation at all levels.

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Accredited by

  • National Centre of Inclusive Excellence, part of The Inclusive Practitioner CME course.

  • The Inclusive Practitioner CME Level 4 is accredited by Trinity College London; the international exam board for the performing arts and English language.

  • The NCIE is supported by Youth Music, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.