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Job Vacancy: Certificate of Music Education (CME) Course Leader (Maternity Cover)

Closing date: 9am on 21st October 2019

Posted on 7 October 2019


Job Information

Job Title: Sage Gateshead CME Course Leader (Maternity Cover)

Department & Team: Young People’s Programme
Location: North East region, includes some regional and national travel
Working Hours: 7.2 hours per week (1 day)
Salary: £29,426-£31,147 pro rata per annum (SCP 32-34)
Duration of the role: Fixed term until December 2020.

Position in Organisation
Reports to: Head of Musical Inclusion
Responsible for: N/A

Works in conjunction with: 

  • CoMusica Programme Manager, Coordinator and CoMusica Inclusion Training Producer(s);
  • Young People’s Programme teams;
  • Colleagues from across Sage Gateshead;
  • Music Leader workforce;
  • External partners and stakeholders as appropriate.

Budget responsibility: N/A

Introduction to Sage Gateshead

Founded in 2004, Sage Gateshead has an international reputation as a new centre for music combining performance, education and participation working across a wide range of musical genres and reaching a broad audience. Founded with a mixed business model, the charity’s turnover of £15million combines, box office, commercial, fundraised income with public subsidy.
Sage Gateshead runs:

  • Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full-time contract chamber orchestra
  • One of the largest creative learning programmes in the UK
  • A Performance Programme of events and festivals across musical genres (folk, classical, rock, indie, jazz, electronic) for 360 days of the year
  • One of the biggest conference and events businesses in the region
  • A folk development agency, Folkworks
  • An iconic visitor attraction, designed by Foster + Partners on the banks of the Tyne with a large public space, three auditoriums and 25 learning spaces.
  • A series of railway arch spaces

In 2014 Sage Gateshead completed its first decade. During this period the charity had:

  • 6 million visitors
  • 1.5 million participants
  • 1000 conferences
  • 4000 concerts
  • £283 million of economic benefit to the region

Sage Values

Sage Gateshead’s success comes from the work of the teams who deliver the objectives of the organisation. Teams are made up of individuals who each bring a different set of skills, knowledge and experience which collectively contribute to achieving team and organisational success.
At Sage Gateshead our ‘People Strategy’ is focused on ensuring we employ people who share and believe in our culture and values. In addition, there is a focus on training, development, succession and career progression within the organisation. This will allow our best people to progress and allow Sage Gateshead to promote internally for future roles.

Sage Gateshead have five core values these are:

  • Leading – there is excellence in all we do, in the music sector, in the local community and throughout our work;
  • Diverse – in our music and our programme, our audience and our workforce;
  • Focused – on being professional, commercial and entrepreneurial to help deliver our mission;
  • Creative – in outlook and championing creativity and learning, particularly for Children & Young People, developing new ideas and open to change, in our organisation, our artists, our music and our audience;
  • Responsible – for our decisions and accountable for our actions.

A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatSageGateshead

Overall purpose of the job

Sage Gateshead’s CoMusica develops the workforce, brokers connections and establishes strong networks to enable young people experiencing challenging circumstances to progress musically, personally and socially through high quality musical activities.

CoMusica Inclusion Training aims to increase specialist skills and understanding of musically inclusive practice in individuals and organisations region-wide and includes:

  • Certificate for Music Educators (CME): a flexible Level 4 training programme designed for Music Leaders who work with children and young people
  • CoMusica Exchange: development opportunity for emerging Music Leaders to gain invaluable skills, knowledge and experience;
  • MC2 – multifaceted learning opportunity for Music Leaders, emerging Music Leaders, teachers and project workers consisting of a keynote, two workshops and a roundtable session;
  • Placement programme at Sage Gateshead for NEET (Not in Education, employment or training) young people and/or young people/adults with additional needs;
  • Training In Response to Need: CoMusica Music Leaders work alongside Music Education Hub staff to deliver a series of regional music sessions for children and young people.
  • Pilots – 10 week programmes of support delivered in response to areas of training need as identified by the regional Music Education Hub’s (MEHs).

The main purpose of this role is to support the develop and lead the Sage Gateshead CME Level 4 course which is part of CoMusica Inclusion Training.

The role will play an important part in ensuring that the course meets quality assurance criteria, continuously monitoring and enhancing provision as well as the learner experience and performance. The role leads CME staff on assessment, course monitoring, review, design, and delivery. They will also provide a point of contact for the CME Learners

Main Duties and responsibilities

Champion excellence and inclusion and seek to build reputation of the programme, regionally and nationally.

Programme Development: Work with the CoM Inclusion Training Producer(s) to develop the CoMusica CME.
Programme Delivery: Lead CME delivery alongside the trainer and assessment team

Programme Development

Work with the CoM Inclusion Training Producers to develop the Sage Gateshead CME

Research and Development

  • Maintain strong professional practice in the music education sector and ensure any developments inform changes to the curriculum to support the overall learner experience.

Programme Design and Planning

  • Alongside CoMusica colleagues, make changes or apply updates to the CoMusica CME course curriculum so that it continues to meet a diverse range of learner needs;
  • Ensure the CME curriculum fulfils requirements of validation and accreditation;
  • Lead/participate in the Creative Learning / CME Quality Assessment processes and procedures.

Programme Delivery

  • Lead Sage Gateshead CME delivery alongside the assessment team


  • Liaise and manage the relationship with CoMusica CME Assessors and Music Leaders delivering on CME;
  • Represent CoMusica CME at educational/industry events at regional/national locations as appropriate.
  • Act as main point of contact for Trinity, managing the relationship with them as awarding body.


  • Plan, prepare and teach CME Learners in line with the module specifications, using a range of modes of delivery and methods to meet learning objectives and outcomes.
  • Support learners through the programme as required.

Evaluation and monitoring

  • Ensure that standards across delivery and assessment are maintained and act as a point of contact for staff support in those areas;
  • Carry out module reviews and monitor performance against quality standards – act on any variations in consultation with the CoMusica team;
  • Undertake continuous formative assessment of learner progress and performance.


  • To advocate for North Music Trust, and specifically, CoMusica Inclusion Training, at meetings and events, nationally and internationally as required;
  • To accept appropriate individual responsibility for the observance, promotion and implementation of Health & Safety, Child Protection Customer Care, Equality and Diversity, Dignity at Work and other policies with the Trust;
  • To undertake other duties appropriate to the post and in line with the needs of the organisation.

View full Certificate of Music Education (CME) Course Leader – Job Description here.

View Sage Gateshead Recruitment Pack here.

Terms and Conditions

We believe Sage Gateshead is a great place to work – an innovative and friendly environment, where no two days are ever the same.

The holiday entitlement for this post is 33 days pro rata.

We also offer subsidised parking for staff members, as well as a discount in our café, and access to a voluntary health cash plan, bike to work scheme, travel ticket scheme and auto-enrol pension.

How to Apply

Applications must be made on a North Music Trust online application form.

We regret that CV’s cannot be accepted. If you have any queries about your application, please contact 0191 443 4624

Completed applications should be returned no later than 9am on 21st October 2019.

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