Centre Opening Times

Colwell Arts Centre is now open on a strict appointment-only basis. To collect, return or exchange an instrument, please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk to make an appointment.

Welcome to the CME Course!

Gloucestershire Music is delighted to have been accredited by Trinity College London to become a registered centre to run the Level 4 qualification ‘Certificate for Music Educators’ (CME). 


What is the Trinity Certificate for Music Educators (Level 4)?

Available in the UK, the Trinity Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (Trinity CME) is designed for music educators who work with children and young people. It’s supported by a flexible programme of learning and is offered by a network of Trinity CME centres.


Who’s it for?

The Trinity CME course that GM is running is suitable for anyone who works as a music educator with children and young people, including:

  • instrumental and vocal teachers
  • early years and primary teachers
  • community musicians and workshop leaders
  • professional musicians who undertake education work

What does it include?

The Trinity CME assesses learners in:

  • understanding how children and young people learn music
  • planning, facilitating and evaluating their learning
  • reflective practice and professional development
  • promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • safeguarding

Study for the Trinity CME

The Trinity CME is available through approved centres that offer complete programmes of training and assessment. Centres can include music education hubs, music services, specialist subject associations and other training providers.


Trinity’s Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (Trinity CME) was a response to the UK Government’s 2011 National Plan for Music, which recommended that there should be a new qualification for music educators who might be working in and out of schools, in outreach or community projects, and who may not have benefited previously from any formal training.

Trinity actively consulted with teachers and their employers to develop an innovative model whereby organisations could develop their own courses leading to the Trinity CME, tailoring the qualification to meet the specific needs of the teachers they work with. As the qualification focuses on the skills and competencies required to teach effectively (e.g. lesson planning, effective lesson delivery, effective communications, promoting positive behaviour), organisations are able to deliver training in the way most appropriate for their own teachers.

Gloucestershire Music

Gloucestershire Music has been accredited as a public centre now and saw it's first cohort start in January 2020.  The course can be taken over 1 or 2 years, which allows candidates to continue to work in their normal capacity whilst completing this course.  Attendance at mentoring sessions and seminars however will be part of the process.  Limited bursaries will be available thanks to Adfecto for applicants who are primarily teaching music in a school setting and details for the criteria will be published in due course. For further information please contact Lisa Mayo (Head of Gloucestershire Music) on 01452 427242 or email glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk .  If you wish to find out more general information about the CME course in the meantime then please look at Trinity’s website https://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=2988 .


How much does it cost?

The course fees are £800, however there are bursaries available for school-based practitioners. For further information on bursaries please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk


What are the dates of the 2022/23 seminars?

Seminar 1: Monday 14th Feb 2022 – 10am – 3pm - Colwell Arts Centre, Derby Road, Gloucester, GL1 4AD

Seminar 2: Monday 21st March 2022 – 10:15am – 3pm - Severn Vale School (GL2 4PR)

Seminar 3: Monday 4th July 2022 – 10am – 3pm - Colwell Arts Centre, Derby Road, Gloucester, GL1 4AD

Seminar 4: Sept 2022 – Date tbc


How do I apply?

To complete an application form click on this link:


Our next cohort will be starting in Jan 2023. You can sign up to this next cohort at any point in the year but the closing date for 2023/24 applications is the 31st December 2022.


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