The Teaching Musician - for employers

A Teaching Musician seminar

Teaching Musician Discount Offer for Employers

The Teaching Musician programme is a great way of investing in members of your staff team. As part of our commitment to workforce development for the music education sector, Trinity Laban is pleased to offer discounts to employing organisations who support staff to undertake the programme as part of their professional development.

The National Plan for Music Education in 2011 cited ‘Workforce Development’ as an important area for action and made the case for investment in good quality professional development as a means to improve the quality of music education provision for young people. Since its launch in 2014, the Teaching Musician has attracted groups of staff from a music hub, FE and HE institutions.  These organisations report benefits not solely for those individuals attending, but also a ripple effect across their wider teams.

What discounts do you offer to employing organisations?

We offer a discount of £100 from the programme fee for each student where they are supported by an employer. To be eligible:

i) prospective students must meet the admissions criteria for the programme;

ii) you, as an employer should either:

  1. signpost three or more students on to the programme; and/or
  2. make a financial contribution of no less than £100 per student to the cost of the programme; and

iii) you, as an employer, must be willing to pay the programme fee in full, and pass on costs to your member of staff as you see fit. (Some employers do this through payroll to assist staff in spreading the cost of their studies). Please note that programme fees are payable in full upfront and you will be issued with a 30-day invoice in advance of the first training weekend.

What kinds of employing organisations can benefit from this scheme?

Any organisation that employs musicians who deliver music education activities, including instrumental teaching, ensemble, workshop or creative leadership roles, can benefit. This includes:

  • Music education hubs & local music services
  • Community music organisations
  • Music schools
  • Youth ensembles
  • Centres for Advanced Training
  • Cultural organisations, orchestras, choirs and venues offering music learning & participation or outreach programmes
  • FE and HE institutions

What are the potential benefits to an employer?

  • The opportunity for your staff to undertake a structured professional development opportunity and feedback learning into your organisation
  • A deeper understanding of pedagogies and practice amongst your staff, drawing on the expertise of Trinity Laban as well as the opportunity to share ideas with others
  • Opportunities for your staff to learn within a mixed cohort of peers working in diverse settings and return imbued with a culture of peer-to-peer learning and reflection
  • Enhanced motivation amongst your staff and a sense that they are valued and invested in

The Teaching Musician is a flexible programme designed to fit with the working lives of musicians and teachers. Training weekends take place during half term/school holidays. On successful completion students gain a Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate (60 credit) or Diploma (120 credit) qualification. We welcome students who do not hold a first degree, if they are able to demonstrate equivalent prior learning or professional experience. This makes the programme ideally suited to performers who have become passionate educators and wish to enter formal study of education practice that builds on their professional experience.

How many staff can I enter?

If you are interested in more than 4 staff pursuing The Teaching Musician programme in a given year, please contact us. We do limit how many places we can offer a single employer at one time, in order to maintain a balanced student cohort. However, the programme is validated to be offered off site and in short course format with subsequent distance learning. We would will be very pleased to discuss with you the option of developing a bespoke version of the programme for your staff.

How do my team members apply?

To find out more, please email [email protected], call Kate Atkinson, Professional Development Manager 020 8305 4379, or download the Programme Brochure.

Please note that your team members need to apply to the programme as individuals through UCAS Conservatoires and meet the programme’s eligibility requirements.