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CPD Centre West Midlands is a partnership between Music Education Solutions® and Target Education Alliance, which is validated by Trinity College London to deliver the Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (Trinity CME) across the UK through Distance Learning.

What is Distance Learning?

Distance Learning allows learners to study for the Trinity CME at a time and place that suits them. There is no requirement to attend the centre in person, instead the course can be completed remotely through e-learning. We provide a comprehensive suite of e-learning materials on our interactive course website, and each learner is also assigned a mentor who they can contact by Skype or FaceTime for support.

How does our version of the CME work?

Our version of the Trinity CME is a reflective programme designed for all adults working in a music education context. Each learner is assigned a mentor who will help them to plan their learning journey at the beginning of the programme, and support them throughout their time on the programme. This support is primarily offered through Skype / FaceTime, telephone and email, however for learners located near the centre it is possible to meet with your mentor face-to-face. At the start of the programme, the learner decides how long they want it to take (up to a maximum of 2 years), and it is the mentor’s job to support the learner and keep them on track to achieve this goal.

nteractive e-modules are provided for each of the 6 units of the qualification, with video, audio, web-based and text-based resources to give a range of learning options. The learners work through these modules in the order agreed with their mentor, and create a portfolio of evidence by completing the e-module tasks. These tasks might involve reflecting on something that the learner has read, to provide a series of lesson plans, to evaluate a lesson, to comment on a policy document, to provide a description of how you keep your teaching space safe, and so on. All of these tasks can be completed in written, audio, or video form, allowing the learner to evidence in whichever way they feel most comfortable.

How is our version of the CME assessed?

We operate a programme of rolling assessment, meaning that learners can submit their e-module tasks at any time during the programme, and if anything is not quite right it will be returned for adjustments. There are no penalties for submitting evidence that is not accepted, and learners can resubmit as many times as they like until they meet the required standard. This means that as long as all evidence is submitted well before the 2 year deadline, it should be almost impossible not to pass!

During their time on the programme, learners also have to arrange a video observation of their teaching. This can either be by recording their lesson and sending it to their mentor for assessment, or streaming it live via Skype. For learners located near the centre, it is possible to have your observation face-to-face at your place of work. It is a requirement of the programme that at least one video (or live) observation takes place, and it is not possible to complete the qualification without submitting an observation report from your mentor.

What do our learners say?

Successful learners have praised the centre’s provision, with 100% of completed learners surveyed rating the support provided by their mentor as ‘Excellent.’ ‘My mentor really understood my circumstances and some of the barriers to learning that created. Together, we were able to map my study schedule. She was only an email, phone or skype call away. The speed of response was incredible – my work was often marked and feedback issued with a couple of hours. This really allowed me to make the most of my time.’

This sounds great! How can I find out more? You can download our course brochure or view our interactive prezi below:

CME Brochure January 2018

CME Introduction PREZI