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MusicLeader Brochure

  1. 1. Raising the quality, value and impact of music leadership in the UK
  2. 2. “In terms of Youth Music’s commitment to supporting the professional development of music practitioners over the last ten years, our development of MusicLeader undoubtedly occupies a special place. Youth Music aims to increase the number of high quality music making activities for children and young people and in order to make this happen, it requires that a high standard of music leadership takes place. This is where MusicLeader aims to provide help and support.” Christina Coker, CEO of Youth Music. MusicLeader is funded and developed by Youth Music and delivered by key partners across the country.
  3. 3. A major force working to support music leadership About Us MusicLeader exists to raise the quality, value and impact of music leadership in the UK. Funded by Youth Music, MusicLeader is a unique national network which supports the development of the music leading workforce, equipping it with the knowledge and skills required by employers. We do this by providing: • Information, advice and guidance • Training and networking opportunities • Online resources ( We also advocate for the importance of music leading and the need for investment in this area of work. MusicLeader works with any individual or organisation interested in delivering music making activities, no matter what their experience or back ground - Community Musicians, Instrumental Teachers, Workshop Leaders, Mentors, Classroom Teachers, Trainers, Project Managers, Employers, Arts Organisations, Schools, Local Authorities…the list goes on! MusicLeader is delivered in partnership with specialist regional organisations; via this national network MusicLeader “I feel fortunate members have access to an unparalleled range of expertise and experience. We work alongside other key workforce development (WFD) and continuing professional development (CPD) initiatives in the sector and signpost our members to that there is support these on an ongoing basis. available and that Since our launch in 2005 more than 16 000 individuals and organisations have signed up to the MusicLeader Network. music leaders Sign up today and see the difference. Visit are recognised as professionals.” Raising the quality, value and impact of music leadership in the UK 02
  4. 4. Our Services Information, Advice & Guidance MusicLeader offers expert advice, guidance and support services via its Regional Networks placed across the country. We pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable, and we’re always on hand to provide advice on the phone, in person or by email. DNA - Development Needs Analysis Start Up Our DNA programme provides valuable tailored Our new Start Up programme gives music advice, helping music leaders to create their own practitioners who are new to the sector an Professional Development Plan and identify training introduction to the world of music leading. We opportunities and relevant support. To date, we’ve help you to identify relevant work and training helped more than 600 music leaders in this way. opportunities and ‘ways in’ to what’s going on Find out more at regionally and nationally. Find out more at “I really appreciated the opportunity to be listened to and hear the advisor’s perspective. He was Got a question or need some advice? Get in touch with your local MusicLeader Regional Network and they will more than happy to assist. perceptive and got See contact details on page 14. straight to the core issues in a short time.” 03 Join the network and see the difference. Visit
  5. 5. “MusicLeader really gave me the kick start I needed... and through the workshops I developed the confidence to apply for the brilliant job I’ve got now, so thanks again!”
  6. 6. “An awesome way to make contacts to begin talking to people about the possibilities of work available.” Photo credit: Dan Brady
  7. 7. Training & Networking Opportunities Our Services Since 2005 more than 7 000 people have taken advantage of our training and networking opportunities. Feedback from practitioners and employers alike tells us that it is one of the most highly valued services we provide. “The best, most useful course I Our programme is incredibly diverse. Working in partnership with training experts, we can help you to develop core have ever been music leadership skills, as well as introduce you to new, more specialist practice such as Kodály concept and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. We also provide training opportunities in project management, fundraising and many other key on in 30 years of business areas. teaching. The impact We not only provide our own training programme but also signpost to other training opportunities too. If you are a on myself and training provider get in touch with us and promote your events through MusicLeader today. the children was Visit to see what is going on in your area. immediate.” “I am really impressed by the range of events and activities on offer, and also by how friendly and inviting the service is.” Raising the quality, value and impact of music leadership in the UK 06
  8. 8. Our Services Online Resources The MusicLeader website and our regular e-bulletins keep our members up-to-date, signposting them to a range of professional development opportunities and useful information about music leadership. Our e-bulletins are sent to over 16 000 people each month. For industry bodies and employers they are a direct ‘way in’ to practitioners and an important recruitment tool.’s news, job and training sections receive thousands of hits each month, while our online toolkit ( - case studies, music leading guides and related articles – means that members can develop their knowledge at their own pace. “As a freelance musician, the MusicLeader e-bulletin is my notice board.” 07 Join the network and see the difference. Visit
  9. 9. “You can have a degree but you can’t necessarily teach. MusicLeader does a great job of filling the gap.”
  10. 10. “Its free and a wonderful resource. Community musicians and orchestral players can really learn from each other.”
  11. 11. Raising the quality, value and impact of music leadership Our Services The Music Education Code of Practice: Originally developed by and for the profession through MusicLeader and Sound Sense. The Music Education Code of Practice aims to help music practitioners get better at what they do, so they can provide better music making and learning experiences for the people they work with. The Code does this by providing a set of quality statements concerning all aspects of music learning: • Be prepared and well organised • Be safe and responsible • Have appropriate musical skills • Work well with people • Evaluate and reflect on my work • Commit to my own professional development By adopting the Code, practitioners demonstrate their commitment to quality work. By using the Code as a benchmark, employers and hirers of practitioners demonstrate their commitment to requiring high-quality practice of those who work for them. “Sign up to MusicLeader! It will give a wonderful Want to know more? opportunity to MusicLeader is a proud supporter of the Music Education Code of Practice. To find out more about the Code and reflect, learn how it can help you visit and extend your knowledge and experience.” Raising the quality, value and impact of music leadership in the UK 10
  12. 12. Our Services Accessing Our Services Taking advantage of any one of our services is simple – just sign up for free at We have three grades of membership: Associate Professional Organisation For those wanting to stay For practicing music leaders. For employers and training in touch with what is providers. happening regionally and You are entitled to the same benefits as Associate membership You are entitled to the same nationally. as well as the added benefit of benefits as Professional being able to list your details in membership with the added Access the MusicLeader Toolkit our directory and promote your benefit of being able to post jobs – news, jobs, professional services. and promote your professional development opportunities, guides “I get a lot of and subscribe to our e-bulletins. development opportunities via our approaches from website and e-bulletins. post grads for freelance work but I All members automatically receive a 50% discount on MusicLeader’s training and tell them that their networking opportunities. first step is to join MusicLeader.” 11 Join the network and see the difference. Visit
  13. 13. “The quality of the MusicLeader’s training gives non formal work credibility.”
  14. 14. “MusicLeader has been approachable, knowledgeable and very supportive of our organisational needs.”
  15. 15. Regional Enquiries Contact Us MusicLeader East of England MusicLeader North East MusicLeader South West e. e. e. w. w. w. Hosted by The Garage Hosted by The Sage Gateshead Hosted by Colston Hall MusicLeader East Midlands MusicLeader North West MusicLeader West Midlands e. e. e. w. w. w. Hosted by SoundLINCS Hosted by GMMAZ Hosted by mac MusicLeader London MusicLeader South East MusicLeader Yorkshire e. e. e. w. w. w. Hosted by Sound Connections Hosted by Rhythmix Hosted by Yorkshire Youth & Music National Enquiries MusicLeader National Team Youth Music One America Street t. 020 7902 1060 Got a question? London f. 020 7902 1061 Contact your SE1 0NE e. United Kingdom Registered charity number: 1075032 nearest MusicLeader network for more information. Join the network and see the difference. Visit 14
  16. 16. Raising the quality, value and impact of music leadership in the UK Join the network and see the difference. Visit