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Become a Music Teacher - The Music Leader Training Programme ONLINE

10 week online course

CM Sounds


£396 inc VAT
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32 lesson modules and 4 assignments to complete over 10 weeks.
Early Bird Places: Only 10 places...

Funding options

+ 12 month instalment plans available with 0% finance

Study method
Online + live classes
10 weeks · Part-time
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students


The Music Leader Training Online Course is aimed at those who want to develop a career in community music leadership. You can learn from home, on the go or anywhere you can connect with your laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

32 lesson modules and 4 assignments to complete over 10 weeks.
Early Bird Places: Only 10 places available at £347 usually £597
+ 12 month instalment plans available with 0% finance

Successful completion of the course leads to a City and Guilds Education and Training Level 3 qualification
(Previously PTLLS 7303 teaching qualification for the lifelong learning sector)

Benefits Of The Course:?
• Online platform and study from anywhere in your own time a desktop, tablet or mobile
• Improve confidence in yourself and your teaching, and pass your knowledge onto others.
• Explore various teaching styles and techniques to improve your versatility in a teaching situation.
• Trained specialist tutors provide expert knowledge and experience to draw upon.
• Easy to apply techniques make it simple to learn and move forward to a new career in music leading.?• Challenging learning that will keep you focused and engaged.?• Train online with other musicians and artists, and build friendships to support and develop creative ideas.
• A unique course that is not provided anywhere else in the country, helping you get ahead in music tuition.
• 12 month instalment plans available with 0% finance
• BONUS: Learn digital marketing and branding techniques to increase your opportunities.

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What’s it all about?

The Music Leader Training Course is a unique opportunity for those with a background in Music and/or Arts to gain in depth knowledge, practical experience and a qualification in teaching for the lifelong learning sector. CM is one of the pioneers of the community music sector, working innovatively and successfully in the field for over 30 years. Throughout its history CM has been committed to the training and professional development of its music tutors as part of its goal for quality and equality of opportunity in making and learning about music. The Course is aimed at those who want to develop a career in community music and arts leadership and requires a certain level of application and commitment from students if they are to gain the qualification and get the most out of the programme. Successful completion of the course will equip students to plan and lead quality music workshops and lessons and to operate professionally within different educational contexts and community arts setting. Those who complete the course find work in different settings including schools, further education and adult colleges, community music/arts projects and a wide variety of organisations working cross the social, arts and charitable spectrum.

The course

This course introduces some of the key ideas and principles that have influenced current educational thinking and practice - with a particular emphasis on how these relate to learning and teaching in the arts. Students will explore a number of different contexts and approaches to creative teaching and leading. Students will gain an understanding of the different ways people learn and will be able to construct and analyse their own teaching methods and practice – becoming ‘reflective practitioners’ who consistently develop and improve upon their own work. Areas to be covered will include: psychological perspectives on learning; learning styles and creative approaches to teaching; experiential learning; inclusion, equality and diversity; assessment for learning; working with groups; framing tasks for creativity; the impact of the learning context; current legislative requirements and codes of practice.

The course then goes on to guide students through the theory and practise of writing teaching pieces based around rhythm, melody, harmony, group composition, improvisation and music technology. Students will participate in online workshops led by experienced tutors who can demonstrate models of good practice as well as allowing students to develop, test, evaluate and refine their own ideas. Students will have the opportunity to lead teach their own unique workshop piece and receive feedback as well as give feedback to others. The course will also include seminars on how to structure a variety of learning activities into a sequence of progressive lessons focussed on specific learning outcomes.

Successful completion of the course leads to a City & Guilds EaT qualification (previously PTLLS City and Guilds 7303 teaching qualification for the lifelong learning sector)

What’s the time commitment?

Each course runs for 10 weeks and you will need to complete 3 lessons a week, estimated at 1 hour per lesson.

How will I learn and be assessed?

Students follow a varied programme of practical and theoretical tasks and are encouraged to apply and reflect on their learning through experience. Students taking the City and Guilds EaT qualification (previously PTLLS Qualification) will be assessed through a variety of different written tasks: including short written assignments addressing particular questions on an area teaching, learning journals, a 30 minute micro-teaching practice, and a six lesson scheme of work. CM has a study support tutor to help students with written work.

What career paths can I access once I have completed the training?

The programme equips people with the skills needed to work in a variety of educational and community settings and contexts. Some work in schools as a visiting teacher or workshop leader, some work in colleges, some work with existing community projects or create their own projects and activities in different areas such as access to arts, youth work, pupil referral units, prisons, mental health charities and the NHS, after school/holiday clubs, organisations working with refugees/women’s groups/adults with learning difficulties. The opportunities for employment are varied, and students are given guidance on how to access these opportunities throughout the course.

What kind of certificate will I get at the end of each course?

Students completing the course will get the City and Guilds level 3/4 EaT qualification (previously 7303 award ‘Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector’), the ‘threshold license to teach’ currently required for all teachers in Further and Adult Education.

What are the entry requirements?

This programme is designed to welcome people from all current music and arts backgrounds and does not require formal qualifications for entry. Previous practical experience is highly beneficial and a good standard of musicianship or production skills are essential

Are there any course fees?

The course costs £347 discounted from £597, which includes the City and Guilds registration fee. Payment can be made in full at the start of the course or in monthly instalments negotiated with the course leader. Successful completion of the course and full payment will lead to all students gaining the City and Guilds EaT qualification (previously 7303: Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector)

Who is this course for?

Musicians who wish to go on and teach


Musical experience, No qualifications needed, able to write and speak English

Career path

Music Teaching and Music Leader Workshops:

- Universities
- Colleges
- Schools as a visiting teacher
- Workshop leader
- Existing community projects or creating their own projects
- Youthwork services
- Pupil referral units
- Prisons
- The NHS and mental health charities
- Groups/adults with learning difficulties

Questions and answers


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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.