Trinity Level 4 Certificate For Music Educators

The Certificate of Music Education is a programme of training and development delivered by the Music Service that is accredited and awarded by Trinity College of Music at a GNVQ Level 4 (equivalent to the first year undergraduate). It is a part-time course and takes up to 2 years to complete.

Who is it for?

This course is particularly useful for anyone engaged in music teaching:

  • Music leaders
  • Instrumental teachers
  • Aspiring music leaders
  • Teaching assistants
  • Interested governors
  • Curriculum leaders seeking subject knowledge

What we offer:

Our course is to enable you to develop your professional skills and knowledge in your own timeframe. The course consists of 6 units that focus on:

  1. Understanding why and how we know music is so important
  2. Understanding music learning and the skills that we need to support musical learning
  3. Evaluating how we do it!

In exploring these areas of expertise, you will gain:

  • an understanding of the basic principles and concepts associated with music education and the implications of these for young people’s musical learning in all settings
  • the musical and pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to support young people’s musical learning and progression in your work place
  • an awareness of core debates, perspectives and approaches in music education
  • an ability to make appropriate informed professional judgements
  • an ability to make an informed evaluation of the appropriateness of different approaches to music education
  • an ability to communicate ideas and views about music education within structured and coherent arguments, drawing on knowledge and understanding of key debates, perspectives, principles and concepts of music education, and of statutory and policy frameworks
  • to engage critically with fundamental debates, principles, theories and concepts relating to your work
  • an ability to identify your own continuing professional development needs and the means by which these might be met.


For the complete course the cost is £1,000. Subsidies may be available for candidates who are working with children aged between 5-18 in Norfolk. Please contact the Music Service for further info. Course learners will be expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from teaching sessions and travel to visiting schools and provide their own lunch at each workshop.

How to apply:

Fill in the online form on the Norfolk Music Hub website, where you'll find further details of the course.

Contact Gillian Shaw directly to discuss further.

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