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Sage Gateshead Certificate for Music Educators (CME)

About Sage Gateshead CME

The Sage Gateshead Certificate Music Educators (CME) is a Level 4 qualification accredited by Trinity College London linked to a flexible programme of learning.  It encourages Music Leaders to develop new skills, consolidate their understanding of the purpose of music education and build their reflective practice with the ultimate goal of enhancing their contribution to the musical learning of children and young people.

CME is designed to be a flexible programme of training and assessment to fit around learners’ professional commitments as well as meeting their professional development needs.

The Sage Gateshead CME is subsidised by Youth Music.


Who is Sage Gateshead CME for?

CME is for people that currently work as a Music Leader (in any musical genre or educational setting) with children and young people who are committed to developing their inclusive practice.

How will the course be delivered?

CME 2022 is an interactive digital course which will take place on  Zoom.  Modules and supporting resources are created and produced by expert trainers from Sage Gateshead and across the wider region. A team of assessors will guide learning across the year and support completion of the qualification through one to one sessions.

What does the course involve?

Fortnightly online training on Tuesdays, 5.30pm – 8pm.

Training modules include:

  • Welcome, pre-course meet and tech check
  • Introduction to CME
  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Understanding children and young people’s musical learning
  • Promoting positive behaviour
  • Working with children and young people with additional needs and SEN/D
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Safeguarding
  • Professional development planning
  • How to evidence knowledge
  • Planning and evaluating inclusive musical learning
  • Panel discussion
  • Skills sharing
  • Planning in practice

Course hours and assignments

CME Level 4 qualification is worth 32 credits and equates to around 320 hours of work.

You will be expected to:

  • Attend online training sessions;
  • Meet assignment deadlines;
  • Liaise with CME staff to ensure effective assessment;
  • Reflect on your practice and express your thoughts and ideas.
  • Attend up to 7 one to one support meetings online with an Assessor and/or Course Leader as required
  • Complete 4 separate assignments and one portfolio;
    – Three written assignments (1500 words each)
    – One presentation assignment (1500 words equivalent)
    – One overarching reflective portfolio evidencing your journey. Including:
    > 2 teaching observations (filmed or in person where appropriate)
    > Group tasks
    > Evidence from training sessions
    > Session plans
    > Teaching resources
    > Reflections

Attendance at online training sessions is mandatory. By committing to the course, learners are agreeing to attend the following dates, 5.30pm – 8pm

  • Tuesday 8 February 2022
  • Tuesday 15 February 2022
  • Tuesday 1 March 2022
  • Tuesday 15 March 2022
  • Tuesday 29 March 2022
  • Tuesday 26 April 2022
  • Tuesday 10 May 2022
  • Tuesday 24 May 2022
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022
  • Tuesday 21 June 2022
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022
  • Tuesday 13 September 2022
  • Tuesday 27 September 2022
  • Tuesday 4 October 2022
  • Tuesday 18 October 2022

How will the course benefit me?

As a CME learner, you will:

  • Receive training from individuals who have experience across a range of inclusive settings.
  • Gain a recognised qualification.
  • Enhance your skills in inclusive music practice.
  • Reflect on and share your own skills, knowledge and experience with others.
  • Become part of a learning community in the North East and a growing network of inclusive Music Leaders throughout the UK.


Subsidised places are available to learners referred through North East Music Education Hubs or North East Youth Music Fund A/B Grant-holder organisations.

If you are applying for subsidised place because you are affiliated with a MEH please speak to your Hub Lead before submitting your application.

Individual places are charged at £1,500.

Please contact for more information.

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