Listen Imagine Compose: 2018/19 CPD Applications Now Open

Deadline: 31 August 2018

How can composing be taught and learned so that young people are truly engaged?

What place should composing and creating music have in music education?

These questions are at the heart of the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme offered through Listen Imagine Compose, a partnership between Sound and Music, Birmingham City University and BCMG.

Designed for secondary music teachers, the programme is offered in a range of pathways:

-  Diploma in Teaching and Learning OR Educational Leadership
(after one year) 

-  Masters in Teaching and Learning OR Educational Leadership (after two years) 

The course delivery team includes Professor Martin Fautley, Professor Pam Burnard, Gary Spruce and Dr. Jonathan Savage, supported by professional composers and musicians. It is accredited by Birmingham City University at Level 7(Certificate/ Diploma/ Masters), and can be delivered in any UK location as long as there are sufficient sign-ups to make it viable.

Over the two years, participants will:

-          Develop the skills, confidence and creative strategies for teaching composing

-          Unlock opportunities to develop their careers in education and academic research

-          Benefit from working with leading academics and professional composers

-          Network with like-minded teachers from the course and with the wider Listen Imagine Compose community of practice


The best CPD I’ve ever had in terms of catering for my needs as a teacher and a musician.
Sarah Henton, Head of Music, Heart of England School

“The development of my compositional units resulted in higher grades for my GCSE students”
Jaime Gibson, Head of Music, Hammersmith Academy, 2016/17 cohort


Read more about the 2018/19 programme here



Sound and Music believes that composing and creating music should be at the heart of music education. Only by extending opportunities to all young people, can we help to build a more diverse and inclusive musical culture for the future.

Well-publicised research has demonstrated the need for action to achieve greater diversity in new music. Research from our annual Summer School shows that female and state-school applicants are consistently under-represented, suggesting that by the time they reach Key Stage 4, some sections of society are already far less likely than others to think of themselves as composers.

At the same time, many secondary music teachers do not feel sufficiently confident in teaching composing at KS3, GCSE and A Level. If this confidence can be developed, thousands more young people will have access to the creative music education they deserve.

Find out more and apply for the 2018/19 programme here

Find out more about Listen Imagine Compose


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