Workforce Development

Developing an inclusive and representative music education workforce

Inclusive practice in music education is still considered a trait of the ‘deluxe’ music leader. We believe that all those supporting others to make music should possess the skills necessary to be able to work in an appropriate way with whoever is in the room. We also believe that the workforce is not representative and needs more musicians and teachers who identify as disabled so that young people have appropriate role models.

What is The Inclusive Practitioner CME?

The Inclusive Practitioner is a comprehensive training programme developed and delivered by the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence. The course leads to a professional, level 4 Certificate for Music Educators, accredited by Trinity College London. It offers musicians the opportunity to develop and validate their skills in working with young people who are physically and/or learning disabled. 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 course programme consists of a year of face to face training and 1-2-1 mentoring and is assessed through a portfolio of coursework and observations.

Who is it for?

The Inclusive Practitioner is for music educators already working with disabled young people and also for those who aspire to take their careers in this direction. Learners should already be engaged in working with young people as a music educator, have at least one year of previous experience, and be committed to developing their inclusive practice.

A place on the course costs £250. Each year four bursary places are available to learners who identify as disabled. Bursary recipients are eligible for additional support to enable them to complete the course. This might involve additional mentoring time or a training placement, if no existing education work is already in place.

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

Course Outline

The CME course consists of an induction and eight full days of training, which have been designed 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

For more information you can view and download a PDF of the course brochure below.



Meet the people currently training on the Inclusive Practitioner CME.

Click here to view practitioner profiles

How can I get involved?

The 2018/19 course is fully subscribed but applications will open for the 2019/20 course in April 2019. To view the current course click the button below.


If you would like us to notify you when this happens, please contact us using the information below.

For any other information, please contact us and reference the Inclusive Practitioner by email, or phone 0117 204 7140


Accredited by

The Inclusive Practitioner level 4 Certificate for Music Educators, accredited by Trinity College London.

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