Opportunities for RCM students

RCM students and Sparks participants playing marimba and piano
RCM Sparks offers invaluable experience of working in music education. Students who opt to participate are provided with comprehensive training, which helps equip them with the tools to take on diverse roles in their future professional lives.

A full range of opportunities

RCM Sparks provides exciting opportunities to:

  • Take part in specially tailored music education training.
  • Work as a mentor or assistant in a range of educational settings, such as our local Music Hub, children’s centres, schools, charities and renowned arts or heritage organisations.
  • Experience working with a wide range of ages including babies, children, families and adults.
  • Harness the expertise of a wide range of inspiring professionals such as renowned workshop leaders and composers.
  • Experiment and learn with the support of the experienced RCM Sparks team.
  • Make useful contacts in the education sector to pave the way for future employment opportunities.
  • Share ideas and passions with other musicians and the wider community.

In addition to opportunities with RCM Sparks, BMus students study Music Leadership: Learning & Participation at Level 5 and can choose to take Music Leadership Teaching Skills & Techniques at Level 5 & 6.

Workshop leadership with RCM Sparks

Percussionist Kizzy Brooks introduces the exciting training opportunities and enjoyable learning experiences available through RCM Sparks

Practical training experience

for 118 students

& music education placements for 180 students

In the 2021-22 academic year

By training with RCM Sparks, students will become part of a vibrant new generation of educators with relevant and meaningful practical experience. They will be involved in concert events and workshops, working with children of all ages, their families and their schools. Those working on the Mini Sparks programme, which is aimed at nursery children, will be trained in Dalcroze and work towards accreditation with Dalcroze UK, providing an opportunity to become qualified in a niche area of teaching.

The Music Man Project

Enjoy a brief glimpse of this exciting collaboration, in which RCM students received training in workshop leadership and adults with learning disabilities explored a rich variety of musical activities.

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