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CoMusica Exchange

CoMusica Exchange is a free development opportunity for emerging Music Leaders to gain invaluable knowledge and experience by being part of a learning group that is committed to inclusive music practice in North East England.

What do we mean by Musical Inclusion?

Musical Inclusion is an approach to music teaching and learning that means all children and young people can make music, whatever their background or circumstances. It’s about embracing every style and genre of music. It’s about creating access to music-making in the first place, and providing the right support and opportunities so that young people can progress on their individual journey. And it’s about Music Leaders having the right skills and resources to help each young person fulfil their potential.

What will it involve?

CoMusica Exchange will support you to develop skills, confidence and understanding of inclusive practice when leading music activities with children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances.

You will have access to a range of professional development opportunities including:

  • 4 CoMusica Exchange development days which include practical inclusive music sessions delivered by experienced Music Leaders and facilitated reflective practice;
  • 6 meetings with your co-mentor;
  • Shadowing opportunities across a range of inclusive settings*

Reflective practice is central to the programme and sessions are designed to support a collaborative and creative learning process to allow space and time for reflection with others.

*Shadowing is an opportunity to observe and reflect on exemplary Music Leaders working in musically inclusive settings across the region. 

Who is it for?

  • Musicians wanting to lead inclusive music activities with children and young people
  • People working with children and young people who want to develop music leadership skills
  • Music educators or recent graduates

Find out more about CoMusica Exchange by attending the Open Day on Saturday 13 June 2020 10am – 12pm. Booking information coming soon. 

Development days will be held at Sage Gateshead on the following days:
Saturday 19 September 2020, 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday 16 January 2021, 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday 27 March 2021, 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday 26  June 2021, 10am – 4.30pm

In order to be eligible, you must commit to attend all 4 development days.

If you are matched with a buddy and accepted on to the programme, you will be notified by Wednesday 15 July 2020.

For more information please contact


Kimberley Bain, from Chester-le-Street, has always worked with children in their early years. Last year she started a new role at Children North East where she runs weekly sessions for 0-5-year olds. This is where she found out about CoMusica Exchange. Read all about her story here.