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 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’.


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!