ABRSM CME – Certificate of Music Educators for Piano Teachers

abrsm-logoWhat is the Certificate for Music Educators (CME)

The CME is a qualification for all Music Educators working in the UK with children and young people up to the age of 25, whether they work privately, in music hubs, orchestras, community music organisations or other settings. 

It allows trained musicians, teachers or facilitators to develop their knowledge and skills as a music educator, but does not replace training as a musician, teacher or facilitator.   

It is a nationally recognised qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework at level 4, with 32 credits.

The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) has replaced the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)


What does the CME consist of? 

The Certificate is made up of six Units. Each Unit relates to specific knowledge and skills that Music Educators should be able to demonstrate in order to work with children and young people:  

Unit 1: Understanding children and young people’s musical learning 

Unit 2: Planning, facilitating and evaluating children and young people’s musical learning 

Unit 3: Professional development and reflective practice in music education 

Unit 4: Promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour 

Unit 5: Equality, diversity and inclusion in musical learning 

Unit 6: Safeguarding the welfare and well-being of children and young people in musical learning

CME Assignment Outline

For full assignment details, including criteria and delivery dates – please click on this link: CME Assignment Details

What are the minimum PTC CME entry requirements?

Taking the CME with PTC is exclusively for experienced piano teachers. 

Students must have:

  • Passed Grade 8 piano, or higher.  We will need to see a copy of the Certificate if we haven’t already
  • Been teaching for at least 2 years, with at least five pupils of different ages and abilities
  • Proficient Word processing skills; email, internet & Skype access, and a willingness to embrace further IT skills
  • The commitment to attend all course dates, as it is specifically participatory. It is not available on-line. 

Can Overseas Students enrol?

Yes they can, but in addition to the minimum course requirements they must also have:

  • If not Grade 8 piano, an equivalent non-UK level of Certification
  • Have excellent spoken and written English
  • Have legal access to the UK – PTC does not get involved with visa or passport applications

The CME Tutors

Course Tutor              Lucinda Mackworth-Young
Course Assessor         Sally Cathcart

The PTC CME Course Dates and attendance requirements

The CME course runs concurrently with the core Cert PTC course –  specifically all of Module A: 2 weekends and 4 single days – plus one additional day:  Sunday 7th April if not taking the Cert PTC. All days need to be attended.

The CME Options

  1. For current PTC students, running alongside PTC 2018-19
  • The Tutor led syllabus is delivered during existing course days, with further short sessions and tutorials
  • Fee:  £975
  1. For non-PTC students, or Cert PTC holders who graduated before 2018
  • The CME can be taken without studying for or holding the Cert PTC: however applicants will need to meet a higher level of experience than for the PTC, and must attend both the Orientation Day and full Module A plus the 7th April = 10 Tutor led days. See PTC 2018-19 for full dates.
  • All Cert PTC holders will also need to take Module A again, as it has changed considerably, plus 7th April. 
  • Fee: £2,700
  • Deposit with application: £550
  • For non PTC students, having completed Module A and the CME, you may wish to take Module B and so achieve the full Cert PTC – 6 further tutor led days:
  • Fee: £875 during 2018-19. £1,050 or slightly more in 2019-2020. 


To Enrol

Option 1 requires you to tick the “Interested in the CME” box on the 2018-19 application form. A decision will not need to be made until November

Options 2 requires completion of the CME Application Form below, the payment of a non-refundable deposit – and the production of a Grade 8 piano certificate if not a Cert PTC holder.

Payment Options

  • Deposit of £550 with application for Option 2
  • Payment or Balance in Full
  • or
  • Payment or Balance in 3 instalments

CME APPLICATION FORM – only if taking the CME only

Your Name (required):

Your Address (required):

Your Postcode (required):

Your Landline (required):

Your Mobile (required):

Your Email (required):

Your Music Qualifications (required):

Date of Grade 8, or higher, piano exam (required):

Do you have Music "O" Level or GCSE?


Do you have Music "A" Level?


Do you have any other Qualifications:

Your Music Background - tell us more (required):

How many current pupils do you have?:

Are you currently a member of EPTA?

NoYes - professionalYes - associate

How did you hear about The ABRSM CME?

Any Dietary Requirements:

Any Medical Conditions (e.g. allergies, epilepsy, asthma, physical disabilities, mental health issues and on-going medication) which may affect you during the course:

Are you?

an ex-PTC student
a non-PTC student

Which Payment Plan do you wish to pay by?

Payment in Full by Monday 8th October

Payment by Instalment

How do you wish to pay?

by Direct Bank Transfer

by Cheque

  • Payment of a non-refundable deposit of £550 will be required once this form is submitted
  • If you are enrolling under Option 2 and are not a Cert PTC holder, you will need to scan and email a copy of your Grade 8 piano Certificate to The Administrator at: info@pianoteacherscourse.co.uk





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