Certificate for

Music Educators

Early Childhood

CME:EC offers a distance-learning, flexible, part-time qualification in early childhood music. The CME is a recognised National Qualification validated by Trinity College London and has been designed to develop high quality teachers to work in early childhood music.  

The CME: Early Childhood will support high-quality educators to work effectively and knowledgeably  in early childhood music. The qualification is equivalent to a level 4 NVQ / Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) / Higher National Certificate (HNC).  

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 will be located in the South West, the North, the South and Central, and the East.  The mentors 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 3rd & Friday 4th January 2019, Monday 18th February 2019, Tuesday 16th April 2019.

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 builds on the highly successful MA programme run by CREC.  It is run by the same team, benefiting from contributions from Dr Susan Young and Dr Jessica Pitt, both well known early childhood music educators.  The mentor team have all completed the MA programme in early childhood music and all work as early childhood music educators for a range of organisations including university, 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’.

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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