Certificate for Music Educators (CME)

Certificate for Music Educators (CME)


Edsential is delighted to be able to offer the Certificate for Music Educators, a nationally recognised qualification, suitable for anyone who works as a music educator including:

  • instrumental and vocal teachers
  • Primary (including EYFS) Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Music Co-ordinators who aspire to music leadership

To apply, please complete the application form here


What is the CME?

Only available from accredited organisations, the Edsential CME is intended for educators who do not have a formal qualification in music education: studying for the CME encourages you to reflect on your teaching and to develop new skills and understanding with the aim of enhancing your work and improving the outcomes of children and young people.

Applicants must already have musical skills at a level which enables them to fulfil their role satisfactorily. This course will not teach you how to play an instrument!

Learning is based around your current job role so it is important that your work setting is supportive of your participation in the course.

Access to a computer and the internet is required.

When you become part of Edsential’s CME cohort, you will join a network of music education professionals dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people.

Each learner will be allocated a dedicated mentor, access to a secure online SharePoint with resources and detailed course information: through an inclusive, activity-based learning environment, we support each other to improve practice through reflection, learning, practical application and deepening understanding.

The Certificate for Music Educators is a nationally recognised qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 4. The Edsential CME is regulated and awarded by Trinity College London led by Alison Corten (Head of Music Service) and Quality Assured by Dr Si Poole, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, University College of Chester.


Course content includes:

  • Understanding how music is learnt
  • Planning, facilitating and evaluating musical learning
  • Reflective practice and professional development
  • Promoting students’ positive behaviour
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Safeguarding

 Read the course specification here 



Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence, including practical demonstration in the real working environment. To avoid learners having to repeat learning unnecessarily, evidence of prior learning and experience can be used to demonstrate that learners meet some or all of the assessment criteria. The Trinity CME does not offer different gradations of pass.



The content of the programme will be delivered across 12 months; however you will have 24 months to complete your portfolio. An extension may be permitted in accordance with our policy for Special Provision and Reasonable Adjustments, available on request.

Learners who can evidence a considerable amount of prior learning may complete the course in less time.

There is a blended approach to study, with a combination of online and in-person taught sessions.


Application Process

Application is via an online form. Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Qualification certificates and DBS will be checked at the interview.

The interview is an opportunity to discuss an applicant’s individual needs or health conditions and to explore ways in which Edsential can remove any unnecessary barriers to participation.

Places on the course are limited and we may not be able to accept everyone who fulfils the entry requirements.

Cost: The charge to successful students for the full course is £996 (plus VAT)


To apply, please complete the application form here


Need more information? Contact us!

For more information please use the enquiry button below and a member of our music service will be in touch.


Please note the CME Learner Agreement and Edsential’s general terms and conditions.


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