Two places are available on the Musicians of Change (PGCEi) course, which offers specialised development and training for educators and instrumentalists working with children in group settings

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Music Masters and Black Lives in Music have announced two fully funded places on the Musicians of Change (PGCEi) teacher training course.

Together with Birmingham City University’s School of Education and Social Work, the organisations will off the two places available for free on the training and development courses available for educators and instrumentalists working with children in group settings.

The move coincides with recognition that children and young people in the UK need to be taught by a fully representative music teaching workforce.

’Training courses are expensive and often conflict with other freelance work, and pressures on musicians are mounting, with access to opportunities limited for many of those in underrepresented groups,’ said Katrina Damigos, programme director of Music Masters. ’Music Masters is committed to transforming music education and tackling underrepresentation in the music education workforce; we couldn’t be happier to be continuing our partnership with Black Lives in Music.’

’We are strong advocates of partnership and advocacy, they’re both key drivers of the important change that we all want to see,’ said Roger Wilson, director of operations, Black Lives in Music. ’Black Lives in Music is proud to be working in collaboration with Music Masters on this very important and much needed programme.

’We’re helping today’s developing professionals to access important resources of learning and professional expertise with the shared vision of a representative workforce.’

Described as not just a course, but a community, Musicians of Change supports an approach to teaching that calls for the sector to listen and respond to the needs of educators. This partnership, in recognising that it is an undervalued and underrepresented profession, offers the chance to bring educators together, champion their work, celebrate their successes and empower them to be gamechangers within their school settings, alongside training which focuses specifically on group and ensemble teaching,

It aims to give students access to a world-class team of practitioners, academics and leaders, as well as achieve an internationally recognised level 7 qualification and teaching certificate.

Applications and nominations are now open until 29 April. Find out more and apply here:

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