Training opportunities

We provide professional development opportunities for emerging and existing music leaders/teachers/practitioners. Some events are open access, some are available to those in the MUSINC music leader network. To become a member of our music leader network please contact – it is free to join.

As well as providing training opportunities ourselves, we support music leaders and practitioners by signposting to other relevant opportunities on this page. If there are costs attached to training, we are sometimes able to offer bursaries to cover these costs. Please contact us to discuss further.

Musinc opportunities

These are opportunities provided by Musinc, as part of our Youth Music grant funded programme.

Musinc are running a series of exciting CPD opportunities over Spring 2021. Sessions will be delivered via the trusty Zoom and are exclusively for musinc practitioners.

To join, email us at

4:00 to 6:00pm Tuesday 26th January 2021

How do music leaders adapt to new situations when there is an EDI element?

This session will explore Equality, Diversity and Inclusion looking at real life examples of inclusive practice in projects and how to respond to unexpected situations with confidence.

Training is being delivered by Dr. Phil Mullen – musical inclusion expert and advocate.

To join, email us on

4:00 to 6:00pm Tuesday 23rd February 2021

This session will look at the essential skills needed to manage a freelance lifestyle including organisational skills, time management, networking and getting work, finance, tax and contracts.

Training is being delivered by Musinc’s very own Rebecca Johnson and Tim Coyte – veteran freelance musicians, music leaders and project coordinators!

To join, email us on

4:00 to 6:00pm Tuesday 23rd March 2021

This session will explore the difference between the medical and social model of disability, understanding what accessibility for disabled people means and why it is important, the training will explore youth/community music sessions from a disabled participant’s perspective looking at common misperceptions and good practice.

Training is being delivered by two musicians from the disabled community; Kev Howard is a disabled musician, music leader, photographer and disability rights activist, Alison Trelfa is a blind music teacher/musical director and singer/songwriter.

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Ongoing opportunities

If you are looking for training in Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, working with young people in challenging circumstances and/or teaching, then check out these links to various course providers. These opportunities are available on an ongoing basis.

Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities: For more info follow the link bellow.

Understanding Autism- Distance Learning: For more info follow the link bellow.

Understanding Behaviour that Challenges: For more info follow the link bellow.

Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health: For more info follow the link bellow.

Education for All: Diversity and Inclusion: For more info click on the link below.


Youth Mental Health: Helping people with anxiety: For more info click on the link below.


Good practise in autism education: For more info click on the link below.

Teaching students who have suffered complex trauma: For more info click on the link below.

Communicating effectively with vulnerable children and young people: For more info click on the link below.

Transforming education in challenging environments: For more info click on the link below.

Webinar recordings

Visit here for past webinar recordings.

Drake Music Past, Present and upcoming webinars

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Drake Music’s Step Up! Webinar all about getting the most out of iPads for music. Available now on Youtube here:

Online teaching resources are still available for you to access, watch and download. They can be found here:

There are more resources and regular updates on upcoming CPD events for online music learning via the Remote Music Learning Network too, and you can join this network for free here:

Here is a link to our recent online event, ICCM Conversations: The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on community music which took place a couple of weeks ago. The recording includes presentations by Sonia Price from the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Vivien Ellis of the Dragon Cafe and Nicola Wydenbach from Sing to beat Parkinson’s.


As musinc are members of Soundsense, we have access to their online safeguarding for community musicians online course. This is available to music leaders working for musinc, and partner organisations. Please email us if you would like to access this training.

Other/partner opportunities

Sage Gateshead are running a mini conference on online Inclusive Online Learning on 29th January at 12.30pm.

Part of MC2, a series of mini-conferences for music leaders, music teachers, project workers and musicians working with children and young people that are experiencing challenging circumstances.

Find out more and book your place:

Tuesday 2nd February 2021, 9am – 12 noon

A virtual conference by Stockton-on-Tees Education Improvement Service.

This conference aims to:

• Provide an overview of Ofsted evaluation of Equality and Diversity, including examples of outstanding practice

• Enhance knowledge and understanding of a decolonised curriculum

• Share primary and secondary effective practice case studies

• Share a personal perspective of their journey to success

We are confident this input will support our senior leaders to Decolonise School.

Places are £77.00

To book contact: or call 01642 527101

Get a free introduction to group music-making and the social contexts in which musicians participate.

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Improve your teaching strategies and skills as a music teacher or vocal coach with this ABRSM online course.

Click here for more details.

The International Centre for Community Music are presenting a wide range of events: To find out more on each course please click here

Please regularly check back to this page as it is constantly updated with new opportunities.