Training opportunities

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

We provide training opportunities as part of our Youth Music grant funded programme. We run exciting CPD opportunities for our music practitioners network.

To join our network, email us at

Creative Interventions with Looked After Children and Young People

Online via Microsoft Teams, Thursday 3rd February, 4.30pm – 6.30pm

For this training event, we are pleased to welcome Jane Gray – Freelance Arts Project Manager, Trainer & Facilitator in the arts. Book here.

Jane will be discussing “Creative Interventions with Looked After Children and Young People” drawing from her extensive experience in education and participation with brilliant children and young people, including those with care experience, young mums, young carers and victims of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Who is it for?

Music Educators who work with children, young people or adults; we welcome existing or emerging community musicians, music leaders, school based and peripatetic music teachers, community based band and choir leaders.

How do I sign up?

Please RSVP here by emailing

If you have any access requirements or questions please let us know.

Differentiation and working with mixed ability groups

Online CPD via Microsoft Teams – Thursday 10th March, 4.30pm – 6pm

This training will allow music leaders time to discuss and explore the theme, raising issues they may be facing, sharing examples of approaches they have developed or material that is particularly suited for this situation. With guest speakers Skimstone Arts.

The event will begin with a presentation from guest speakers, followed by a Q&A session and will then go to group discussions in “break out” rooms, group representatives will then provide feedback focussing on successful approaches.

Guest speakers: Peter Saaremets & Claire Webster-Saaremets from Skimstone Arts

Skimstone Arts support diverse artists, people and communities at risk of social isolation to create work with, for and about the world that matters to them. They are one of the North East’s leading companies for inclusive music-driven arts practice and social action.

Peter and Claire will be giving a presentation exploring their work with young people as part of their Young Artist’s Collective and how they approach differentiation and working with mixed ability groups.


Why diversity and working with mixed ability groups?

This theme has been identified by our music leaders as a CPD focus, Musinc programming includes a diverse range of projects and this subject is relevant to all of our music leaders whether they are working in a Pupil Referral Unit, an open access youth work session for young people with SEND, a group for neuro typical and neuro diverse young people, Bandjam open access sessions or other Musinc projects.



Music leaders will be sent a link to join the training on Microsoft Teams.

Please ensure you join promptly at 4pm to ensure that the event runs on time, there is a lot to be explored.

Music leaders should consider the following questions in preparation for the training session:

  • What are the challenges faced by music leaders when working with young people with mixed musical abilities?
  • How do you approach working with mixed ability groups to ensure all young people can engage in the activities and progress according to their individual skill levels?
  • Do you have any examples of activities or approaches are that successful?

Please confirm attendance by emailing

Partner opportunities

See below for upcoming webinars, training events and conferences from our partners that you can attend. We also share lots of opportunities on our Facebook page (follow us here).

Sage Gateshead

A half-day conference on Social Pedagogy and Inclusive Practice

Friday 26 November 2021, 9:30am, free to attend, booking essential

Social pedagogy is an ethical, theoretical and practical approach to training, education and policy. It is education in its widest sense (Petrie et al 2006). Social pedagogy can be applied across a range of contexts and can be highly effective with using music or other creative activities to engage children and young people in creative, care, educational and criminal justice settings.

Social pedagogy underpins practice with children and young people at Sage Gateshead and we would like to share knowledge about this approach to increase awareness and improve the experiences of children and young people; we are therefore offering tickets for this event free of charge.

This hybrid event is presented both online and at Sage Gateshead in partnership with Blue Cabin and will include presentations, workshops and a panel discussion with a focus on social pedagogy and inclusive practice. Delegates will come away with new knowledge, insight, skills and contacts.

Learn more

See various training sessions below. To book or find out more, email

Trauma, Resilience and Regulation

Led by Cathie Sprague — Dramatherapist

Wednesday 24th November 2021  1-3pm

Venue: Barnardo’s Bridgeway Project, Tees Valley Services, Allendale Rd, Ormesby, Middlesbrough TS7 9LF

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Trans101 Diversity+

Led by Ellie Lowther FRSA— Essential Learning Curve Ltd

Monday 29th November 2021  9-12pm

Venue: Barnardo’s Bridgeway Project, Tees Valley Services, Allendale Rd, Ormesby, Middlesbrough TS7 9LF

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Exploring sub-personalities: a creative look at the many parts of ourselves

Led by Sarah Parker —Art Therapist

Monday 6th December 1-4pm


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6th Annual ICCM Student Research Symposium, in partnership with Sound Sense

Positionality; Role of the researcher in community music

6th December (12pm-5pm) and 7th December (9am-4.30pm) 2021

This year’s symposium will focus on the theme of Positionality. The positionality we hold plays a vital role in framing our understanding and outlook on the world in which we live in.

You can find out more about ICCM events and book your place by following the link here:

This is a Level 4 qualification accredited by Trinity College London linked to a flexible programme of learning. It encourages Music Leaders to develop new skills, consolidate their understanding of the purpose of music education and build their reflective practice with the ultimate goal of enhancing their contribution to the musical learning of children and young people.
CME is designed to be a flexible programme of training and assessment to fit around learners’ professional commitments as well as meeting their professional development needs.

Ongoing opportunities

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

Equality and Diversity Level 2

Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities Level 2

Understanding Behaviour That Challenges Level 2

Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health Level 2

Understanding Autism Level 3

Understanding Mental Health Level 3

Click here to see all distance learning courses and find out more.

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.

The Skills Network: TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Special Education Needs and Disability (RQF)
Learn more

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

Find out more >

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

Click here for more details.


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 on

Webinar recordings

Below are a few interesting webinars we’ve been part of.

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 a recording of an online event, ICCM Conversations: The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on community music which took place in October 2020. 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.

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

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A big welcome to our new intern, Natalie!👋

Natalie says:

"I am a big believer in music making and that it’s something for everyone...I am super appreciative to be a part of Musinc for 2022 and be able to shadow and learn from great people in a brilliant organisation."

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