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BIMM Berlin to move to new dedicated music complex

The international music school group, BIMM, has announced that its Berlin school will move to a new home later this year. Situated in the R.A.W. area between Warschauer Str…. Read more

Point Blank shares plans for new China campus

International electronic music school, Point Blank, has announced details of its new Chinese venture in partnership with NetEase FEVER, Point Blank China

Academics question competence and impartiality of DfE’s ‘model curriculum’ panel

An open letter sent on 23 January 2019 by leading academics to the Department for Education (DfE) in response to the DfE’s recent announcement of the development… Read more

‘Primary Colours’ report reveals decline in Primary arts education

A new Fabian Society report, ‘Primary Colours’, has revealed that 68% of Primary teachers in England say there is less arts education now than in 2010.

LIPA applies to open its own Secondary school in September 2021

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has submitted an application to the UK Department for Education to open a Secondary school specialising in the creative and… Read more

Tileyard Education announces two new partnerships

Tileyard Studios’ education arm, Tileyard Education, has announced details of new partnerships with Backstage Academy and Aston Microphones.

RCM to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

The Royal College of Music will celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 with concerts and a celebration of the life and music of Clara Schumann.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland introduces Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is to introduce a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) for graduates who aspire to teach Secondary music.

London College of Creative Media new Music Box campus opens

London College of Creative Media (LCCM) celebrated the opening of the Music Box, the college’s new home, at a ceremony in London on 4 December 2018. Guests… Read more

UCA launches scholarship to help reduce industry gender gap

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has announced a £5,000 Women in Music scholarship aimed at reducing the industry’s gender gap.

School of Sound Recording rebrands as Spirit Studios

To celebrate nearly 40 years of success in audio engineering, the School of Sound Recording (SSR) has announced that it is rebranding as Spirit Studios.

UK conservatoire launches appeal to support students’ health and wellbeing and appoints specialist lecturer

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has pledged to increase its support for students through directing its 2018/19 Annual Appeal to supporting their health and wellbeing. According… Read more

Chinese music industry leaders to visit Berklee

Senior executives and representatives of China’s leading companies will visit Berklee College of Music for the Berklee China-US Music Summit in December 2018.

New RPO, Hull University partnership includes expansion of STROKESTRA project

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and the University of Hull have announced a new partnership which builds on a working relationship established over the past two years…. Read more

Scotland’s national conservatoire launches creative enterprise fund

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has announced a new fund to kick start the careers of the nation’s emerging creative artists. The Make It Happen Fund,… Read more

Review of conservatoire provision in Wales welcomed by RWCMD

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has welcomed the publication of Lord Murphy’s independent review of conservatoire provision in Wales.

Royal Irish Academy of Music awarded €9m redevelopment grant

The Irish government has pledged €9m to the 170-year-old Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) to transform its Dublin campus. The redevelopment of the RIAM’s Westland Row building will… Read more

Bangor University hosts music masterclasses in China

Iwan Llewelyn Jones, a faculty member from the School of Music and Media, Bangor University, is visiting China in October 2018 to perform and host masterclasses for… Read more

New Creative Music Technology course from LCCM and Falmouth University

London College of Creative Media will deliver a new course in Creative Music Technology at its Music Box campus in partnership with Falmouth University.

LCCM to offer over £300,000 in music scholarships to students

London College of Creative Media is launching the LCCM Scholarship Competition as part of a series of special open days this August.

Collaborative Piano embraced by Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music has become the first London conservatoire to rename its ‘Masters in Piano Accompaniment’ as ‘Masters in Collaborative Piano’.

Society for Music Education in Ireland 2018 Conference call for papers

The Society for Music Education in Ireland has issued a call for papers for its 8th Annual Conference. The event will be hosted by the Royal Irish… Read more

London College of Creative Media partners with manufacturers

London College of Creative Media (LCCM) has announced a new partnership with two leading instrument manufacturers, TAMA and Zildjian. This new collaboration will ensure that LCCM students… Read more

Birmingham City University academic to compose piece for LSO On Track

A Birmingham City University researcher has been commissioned to compose a piece of music for the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) as part LSO On Track, a partnership between LSO and 10 East London music services in collaboration with the Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Bad Wolf’s Natasha Hale joins RWCMD board

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) has announced the appointment of Bad Wolf and Wolf Studios Wales’ Chief Operating Officer, Natasha Hale, to its Board of Directors.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire pianist wins BBC Young Musician 2018

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire piano student, Lauren Zhang, has been named winner of BBC Young Musician 2018, securing the title in the competition final at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Sunday 13 May 2018.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland takes Top Five spot in league tables

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has taken a Top Five spot in The Complete University Guide’s 2019 league tables – the first time an arts education institution outside London has done so.

New Principal for Royal Welsh College

Professor Helena Gaunt has been appointed Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD). Currently Vice Principal and Director of Innovation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Professor Gaunt will take up the post from Interim Principal, Professor George Caird, on 1 September 2018.

New head for Junior department at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Leading musician and teacher, Francis Cummings, has been appointed as Head of Junior Conservatoire (Music) for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). A violinist who has performed… Read more

UCA becomes Steinberg Certified Training Center for music technology

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has become a Steinberg Certified Training Centre.

Royal College of Music to launch partnership with medici.tv

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced a new partnership with medici.tv to livestream and make available on demand selected masterclasses and concerts at the conservatoire’s… Read more

ESTA announces Post Graduate Certificate in String Teaching deadline

The European String Teachers Association (ESTA) has announced that the deadline for its 2018 Post Graduate Certificate in String Teaching is Friday 2 March 2018

International artists to join RWCMD Opera School’s Circle of Presidents

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) has announced that Sir Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans and Sir Brian McMaster, along with Maestro Carlo Rizzi and… Read more

ACM launches new Songwriting pathway for diploma students

ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) has announced that students studying at diploma level at its Guildford or Birmingham campuses will now be able to choose Songwriting as… Read more

Royal College of Music announces Master of Education (MEd) course

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced a new Master of Education (MEd) degree course. Adding to the RCM’s wide range of bespoke programmes, the new postgraduate… Read more

VOCES8 to collaborate with Cambridge University on new MMus

British vocal ensemble, VOCES8, is partnering with Cambridge University’s Faculty of Music to offer teaching on a new course combining world-leading academic and performance training. The MMus… Read more

New training link-up boosts environmentally-friendly events

A new training link-up between Falmouth University, CEG Digital (the blended learning division of Cambridge Education Group) and A Greener Festival is boosting environmentally-friendly events. A Greener… Read more

Royal College of Music to fund three full scholarships for BAME students

The Royal College of Music is to fund three UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to study for the BMus course at the RCM beginning… Read more

LCCM launches competition to win free summer course places

London-based college LCCM has announced details of a competition open to young musicians interested in attending one of the college’s summer courses, Music Week and Making Music, which run… Read more

Royal College of Music launches ambitious campus redevelopment

Lord Winston, Chairman of the RCM Council, and Professor Colin Lawson CBE, Director of the Royal College of Music (RCM), marked the start of an ambitious redevelopment… Read more

Welsh National Opera to launch virtual reality experience

Welsh National Opera will launch a new, site-specific virtual reality (VR) experience, Magic Butterfly, on 14 July 2017. With reimagined scenes from The Magic Flute and Madam… Read more

Former Royal College of Music student wins ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

Former Royal College of Music (RCM) student, Tokio Myers, was crowned winner of Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday 3 June 2017. His take on Rag’n’Bone Man’s song,… Read more

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Interactive Musical Participation: a research performance

Adrian York, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Music Performance at the University of Westminster, introduces his new Interactive Musical Participation model

Blog: Steven Berryman on research-informed music teaching

Dr Steven Berryman, Director of Music at City of London School for Girls, calls for more music teachers to engage with research: ‘a vital tool in our work’.

Poorer children priced out of learning instruments but school music programmes benefit the wider community

Years of austerity in the UK have bitten away at school budgets, and the arts have suffered heavily. Schools can no longer afford to employ teaching assistants,… Read more

Global Creative and Cultural Industries: the MA for tomorrow’s cultural workers

Postgraduate MA student, Joe Penhalligon, introduces SOAS’s Global Creative and Cultural Industries MA and investigates the place of creative labour in the 21st century cultural workplace.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, music school with a social mission

How can we do more? A simple question led to a US music conservatory’s change in mission and a legion of students ready to lead the charge.

Creating a building identity for a conservatoire of the future: Thomas Matthews on the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Thomas Matthews recently worked with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to develop a signage and wayfinding experience for its £57 million new home. Here, the communication design agency explains what goes into creating a bespoke building identity.

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Events and courses

Point Blank Music School x Accusonus Music Producer Competition

Enter the Point Blank Music School x Accusonus Music Producer Competition to Win A Massive Beatmaking Bundle! We’re excited to announce that our latest music producer competition in… Read more

Point Blank Music School Open Day

The Point Blank Music School Open Day is the perfect opportunity to visit our campus and learn more about our Higher Education music production, sound engineering, DJ… Read more

Certificate for Music Educators: Morley College, Sound Connections & Musicians’ Union

What you will learn The Certificate for Music Educators (CME) is designed to ‘encourage music educators to develop new skills, consolidate their understanding of the purposes of… Read more

World Symposium on Choral Music 2020

Once every three years, the world’s premier festival of choirs is held in a major city around the world. The World Symposium on Choral Music is the… Read more

6th World Forum on Music – International Music Council 70th Anniversary

A special celebration for the 70th anniversary of the International Music Council will be held in the framework of the 6th World Forum on Music in Paris… Read more

Creative Music Production and Business Foundation Degree

Creative Music (CM) is offering a Production and Business Foundation Degree. This two-year foundation degree provides industry-standard production skills and specialist support to create your own music business.

CM Music Leader Training Course

The Music Leader Training Course is a unique opportunity for those with a background in Music to gain in depth knowledge, practical experience and a qualification in teaching for the life long learning sector.

Community Music Music Space Academy

Music Space Academy gives you the chance to learn an instrument, play in a band and perform live with other like minded young people all for free.

Community Music Introduction to Music Technology & Production

Community Music Introduction to Music Technology & Production is a 10 week course is open to anyone who wants to learn new skills and get a taste for Music Technology and Production.

Music China 2019

With China becoming the second-largest consumer market in the world, its business opportunities are multifold. Over 90,000 visitors from more than 86 countries and regions crowded into Music China 2016 to source the latest market favourites.

ESTA Post Graduate Certificate for String Teachers

Welcome to the ESTA Post Graduate Certificate for String Teachers This course: is designed to fit alongside your other teaching commitments and enable you to take a… Read more


The Music Handbook Level 1

The Music Handbook Level 1 builds on the skills children have learned at Beginner’s Level, while still supporting the teacher every step of the way.

Europa Cantat XX (2018): Programme

The European Choral Association’s triennial international festival for singers, choirs, conductors and composers. The 2018 event takes place in Tallinn, Estonia. For further information, visit the Europa… Read more

Child protection awareness in music

Child Protection Awareness Training (CPAT) The Musicians’ Union recommends that members who teach are up to date with the legislation regarding safeguarding children. The MU has developed… Read more

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Protected: CME Unit 5B

Be able to overcome barriers to musical learning

Nursery Rhythm Kit: Review

Music Education UK reviews Drums for Schools’ and Sound Children’s Nursery Rhythm Kit

Protected: CME Unit 6D

Be able to create a safe and appropriate environment for musical learning

Tido Music app: how does the app help teachers and students in schools?

 Steven Berryman, Director of Music at City of London School for Girls, explains the benefits of using the Tido Music app in classroom lessons and one-to-one instrumental… Read more

Sing Up Song Bank

About Sing Up membership Sing Up membership provides access to the Sing Up Song Bank, with hundreds of specially arranged songs, teaching tools and supporting resources for… Read more

Coping With Stress at Work

Introduction There is no specific piece of law that deals with stress at work. However, this does not mean that employers need not act in circumstances where… Read more

The Music Handbook Beginners

The Music Handbook Beginners has been developed so that any teacher can teach music to children–even those without any musical experience.

The Framework

Mark from Rhythmically Speaking is a professional musician and educator and has first-hand experience in creating sustainable musical schools.

Classical 100

Classical 100 is a free resource for primary schools in the UK that’ll ignite enthusiasm for classical music in your classroom.

Funding a passion

Jake ‘The bassoon looked so cool, I can’t explain it but I just wanted to get my hands on it and play it, and make that amazing… Read more

Review: ‘Scarlet & Gold’

Music Education UK reviews the Bands of The Household Division’s annual concert at Cadogan Hall

Child’s Play

Geneviene Mark and Sinae have a nine-month-old daughter, Geneviene. Mark and Sinae enjoy listening to music and going to concerts but were both put off pursuing music education… Read more

Review: ‘El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela’s Youth’

Geoffrey Baker’s new book, ‘El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela’s Youth’, is a stinging critique of the Venezuelan instrumental and social music education programme

CME Unit 5 Introduction

Introduction and background  Introduction | Section A | Section B | Section C | Publications Schools are required to have a range of policies which formally set… Read more

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Be able to promote children and young people’s positive behaviour

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Be able to manage inappropriate behaviour in children and young people

Academic knowledge

Dan Dan is the lead guitarist in his band, As Loud As You Can. They have been together for three years; all five of them are 16…. Read more

Introduction to the Certificate for Music Educators (CME)

The level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (CME) is designed to help music educators demonstrate and gain recognition for their professional abilities, while also developing and consolidating their skills and knowledge.

UK Music: ‘Wish You Were Here 2017’

Collating a vast amount of ticketing and other data from hundreds of venues, UK Music annually compiles this unrivalled insight into live music in every region of… Read more

Professional Support and Mentoring Opportunities

Josip Josip is a peripatetic brass teacher. He has recently graduated from university and has been thrown in at the deep end having received very little training in instrumental… Read more

Jolly Music Big Book Level 2

Jolly Music Big Book Level 2 contains the complete collection 25 songs for Level 2 in a large easy-to-read format.

Part of the community

Paul Paul is a 17-year-old violin player. He started at the age of 10 in his full class string orchestra, having already developed a solid ear through… Read more

The Equality Act

Introduction Since 1996, the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA) has required employers not to discriminate against employees or job applicants with disabilities and to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to allow… Read more

Employee, worker or self-employed?

About this guide Below is a brief guide to being an employee, a worker or self-employed. Remember, regardless of employment status, there should always be a contract… Read more

Review: ‘In the Gap!’

EYFS and Primary music specialist, Finn Ros, reviews Hannah Brady’s new book and CD introducing young children to improvisation

Report into Live Music (DCMS, March 2019)

About the report The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published its Report into Live Music on 19 March 2019. Mumford & Sons’ band… Read more

Trinity College Piano Syllabus 2018-20

About the syllabus The new Piano syllabus will be valid from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020. New performance pieces at all levels, encompassing a wide range of… Read more

My Incredible Journey

Sam Sam was a quiet but curious young lad. He had his first musical experience at the age of 6 when his school hosted a term-long creative… Read more

All singing, all dancing

Jessica Jessica is 14 and loves to sing; she has had the chance to sing in school since the age of 5, developing her broader musical skills… Read more

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Know how to avoid risks and possible consequences to self when working with children and young people

Hearing Issues

Thermal comfort and ventilation in the workplace Introduction All workplaces are covered by the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act), which sets out… Read more

Risk Assessment

Introduction A Risk Assessment looks at the risks to the health and safety of employee(s) in the workplace. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations… Read more

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Be able to promote diversity, equality, and inclusion in musical learning.

Review: ‘The Novello Guide to Sight-Singing’

Organist, choral director and teacher, Brian Cotterill, reviews Novello’s new sight-singing guide and online resource

Protected: CME Unit 4D

Be able to respond to challenging behaviour in children and young people

Tackling Bullying in the Workplace

There is no specific legislation covering this particular issue so no legal definition exists as to exactly what types of behaviour can be constituted as bullying. However,… Read more

The Music Handbook Level 2

The Music Handbook Level 2 builds on the skills the children learned at Level 1, while still supporting the teacher every step of the way.

Extensive Resources Inspire Music Making

Julie Julie is an experienced Primary school teacher but she had always found it daunting to deliver the music element of the National Curriculum in Key Stages 1… Read more

Review: MusicGurus’ ‘Fingerpicking Guitar Techniques’

Guitarist and teacher, Robert Ahwai, reviews MusicGurus’ online Fingerpicking Guitar Techniques course

Jolly Music Big Book Level 3

Jolly Music Big Book Level 3 contains the complete collection 25 songs for Level 3 in a large easy-to-read format. Each rhyme or song includes pulse marks to… Read more

Introduction to employment status

Case study Lewis has taught part-time for two years for a music service (who are the lead hub organisation). He loves the work and looks forward to… Read more

DCMS Culture White Paper (March 2016)

The Culture White Paper sets out the government’s ambition and strategy for the cultural sectors.  

Protected: CME Unit 4A

Understanding policies and procedures for promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour

Review: Dorico

Dr Steven Berryman road-tests Steinberg’s new score-writing software

Networking as a musician – an introvert’s guide

Networking is an essential skill for any musician.  But, like any skill, it can be improved with practice. David Taylor, music entrepreneur and founder of Yorkshire Young… Read more

CME Unit 4 Introduction

CME Unit 4 Introduction

The Music Handbook Level 3

The Music Handbook Level 3 builds on the skills the children learned at Level 1 & 2, while still supporting the teacher every step of the way.

Protected: CME Unit 6C

Know how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed, or bullied

Sounds of Intent (Soundabout, March 2019)

About the report From 2015–2018, the Oxfordshire-based music charity Soundabout created and ran a ten-week music programme funded by Youth Music, known as ‘Sounds of Intent in… Read more

Fire Safety

Introduction Changes to Fire Safety were introduced in October 2006. The following aims to give a basic understanding of Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessments under current… Read more

Additional Information

Summary What contract is best for the teacher? New rules as of April 2012: Class 1 National Insurance Changes to workplace pensions law What contract is best… Read more

Retuning our Ambitions for Music Learning (The Music Commission, 2019, UK)

About the report The Music Commission’s report, Retuning our Ambitions for Music Learning: Every Child Taking Music Further, makes the case that supporting every young person – regardless… Read more

Legal rights

Introduction This is a short guide to your legal rights depending on your employment status. Employees An employee has the legal right to: A Written Statement –… Read more

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Electrical Safety

Electrical safety of portable electrical equipment & portable appliance test (PAT) The particular legal requirements relating to the use and maintenance of electrical equipment are contained in… Read more

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Understanding legislation, guidelines, policies, and procedures for safeguarding children and young people in their musical learning

‘Generation Z: Meet the Young Millennials’

Generation Z: Meet the Young Millennials explores the music consumption habits and social media behaviour of today’s millennials and looks at how young people’s engagement across streaming and video platforms and social media and messaging apps – including Instagram, Snapchat and Musical.ly – is shaping longer-term trends.

Alcohol and Drugs: Substance Misuse

Introduction Studies have shown that the use of illegal drugs is on the increase, that the consumption of alcohol among women is rising and that men are… Read more

Protected: CME Unit 6B

Know what to do when your children or young people are ill or injured

Cubase 9.5: Review

Jazz musician, composer, producer and educator, Steve Rose, reviews Steinberg’s latest Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) update, Cubase 9.5.

Review: The London A Cappella Festival

The London A Cappella Festival (LACF) is an annual fixture on the UK choral scene, attracting performing groups from all over the world as well as hundreds of workshop participants and concert-goers.

Hearing Issues

Noise exposures in the classroom The size of the teaching room is important as it is likely that working in a small room will result in exposure to… Read more

One Step Leads to Another

Anton Anton is an 11-year-old drummer. He started just over two years ago after his school hosted a one day Samba workshop that was arranged through the local… Read more

Musicians’ Union Services and Partnerships

Introduction The Musicians’ Union is fully committed to ensuring that the health, safety, and welfare of its members are maintained. The Union provides members with a range… Read more

Learn a fun mambo as a class

Shelly Ambury from Sing Up and Andy Gleadhill from Drums for Schools explain how to create a group performance with help from Sing Up and Drums for… Read more

MU Code of Practice for music practitioners

The Code Music practitioners and teachers should… Be well prepared and organised Work effectively and possess the appropriate specialist knowledge and skills Negotiate with contractors and employers… Read more

Dorico Pro 2 and Dorico Elements 2: Review

Dr Steven Berryman checks out the latest releases of Steinberg’s score-writing software, Dorico Pro 2 and Dorico Elements 2, a new ‘lite’ version.

Jolly Music Big Book Beginners

Jolly Music Big Book Beginners contains the complete collection of 5 rhymes and 24 songs in a large easy-to-read format.

Protected: CME Unit 5A

Understand what is meant by diversity, equality, and inclusion in music education

Review: Grand Union Orchestra’s ‘Song of Contagion’

Music Education UK reviews Grand Union Orchestra’s new family show, ‘Song of Contagion’

Safeguarding teachers

Case study Jenny runs an after-school percussion group arranged through the local Hub. With an age range of 13 to 16, everyone gets on well. However, Jenny… Read more


Connect: Resound

Connect: Resound is an exciting project exploring how digital technologies can be used in rurally isolated areas to provide instrumental tuition, access to live music performances and teacher training.

Steinberg Dorico Elements