Certificate for

Music Educators

Early Childhood

Please contact the CREC team on

tel: 0121 464 0020  for more information.  They can direct you to one of the regional mentors if you would like to chat to someone about the course. Or click here.

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The CME:Early Childhood qualification is at Level 4 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (equivalent to first year Batchelors degree) and has been designed to develop high-quality educators to work in early childhood music

The course is planned to be completed in one year, although some very experienced students may be able to complete it in less time.  All must complete it within 2 years from registration.

Regional mentors are located in the South West, North, South and Central, and the East of the UK. They will make flexible arrangements to work with you, wherever you live and work, if necessary using Skype or email.

All students will attend 4 seminar days at CREC in Birmingham:

Thursday 29th October 2020

Friday 30th October 2020

Monday 15th February 2021

Friday 9th April 2021

The days will provide high quality input on musical development birth to five, learning and teaching processes, how to plan and run sessions, official policies and curriculum. The days will provide an opportunity to meet others, share practical ideas, information and advice.  

Once registered, you will make an initial assessment that maps your prior experience and knowledge against the Course Units.  Next the mentor will help you create an agreed personal action plan, deciding what training and support you will require to complete the course units.  

You will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence and some observations of your work with children.   

The CME:Early Childhood qualification is an ideal precursor to the highly successful  Early Years Music Education MA module at CREC. Brought about by Dr Susan Young (MERYC-England) the CME:EC has a strong team of mentors who have all completed the CREC Early Years Music MA programme and are currently working as early childhood music educators in a range of organisations including universities, regional arts organisations and music education hubs. The course does not promote one particular approach, but will encourage students to develop their own practice.  The course will introduce different approaches to teaching early childhood music (e.g. Kodály, Dalcroze) as part of a teaching ‘toolkit’.


Congratulations to the first cohort of qualified Early Childhood Music Educators!

Georgia Bourne:

“I am so excited about the work opportunities that have now opened up and this is all thanks to doing this fantastic course.”

Vic Holmes:

“It has been a great opportunity to meet and work with others - sharing, learning and being inspired.”

Lisa Matthewson: “I have worked in Early Years Music for 14 years. Now I can prove I am a qualified Early Childhood Music Educator, which feels amazing.

Liv McLennan: “I highly recommend this course to anyone working in, or considering working in, Early Childhood Music Education. It really will enhance how - and why - you work the way you do."

Chris Pascal (Director Centre Research for Early Childhood):

“The mentoring in this course is of the highest standard with excellent results. I believe all involved should be congratulated on creating and delivering an outstanding course which will make a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of music education for young children.”

Gary Spruce (Trinity College London): “Students are very well-supported by highly-skilled and very experienced staff who have national and international reputations in the field of early years education.”

As the ground-breaking Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood

reaches the end of its first year, there is much to celebrate!