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CoMusica Exchange

CoMusica Exchange is a free development opportunity for emerging music practitioners to gain invaluable knowledge and experience by being part of a learning group that is committed to inclusive music practice in North East England.

What do we mean by Musical Inclusion?
Musical Inclusion is an approach to music teaching and learning that means all children and young people can make music, whatever their background or circumstances. It’s about embracing every style and genre of music. It’s about creating access to music-making in the first place, and providing the right support and opportunities so that young people can progress on their individual journey. And it’s about music leaders having the right skills and resources to help each young person fulfil their potential.

What will it involve?
CoMusica Exchange will support you to develop skills, confidence and understanding of leading inclusive music activities with children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances.

You will have access to a range of professional development opportunities including:

Your professional development will be supported by a Co-mentoring programme, which is a collaborative and creative learning process that allows you space and time for reflection with others.

Shadowing is an opportunity to observe and reflect on exemplary practitioners working in musically inclusive settings across the region. For more information about the kind of work we deliver please visit our website at

Who is it for?

How much time will it take?
Whilst the total time commitment is flexible and will vary between individuals, this estimate may help you to decide if it is the right opportunity for you:

Up to 2 days (equivalent) independent meetings with your Co-mentor
Up to 24 hours of shadowing opportunities, which will be arranged in blocks of 2 hour sessions with one or more practitioner working in a setting you’re interested in.
Training days will be held at Sage Gateshead between:

Saturday 3rd November, 11.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday 19th January, 11.30am – 2.30pm
Saturday 23rd March, 11.30am – 2.30pm
Saturday 22nd June, 11.30am – 4.30pm
In order to be eligible, you must be able to attend all 4 training days.

Deadline for applications is 12th October 2018.
If you are matched with a Co-mentor and accepted on to the programme, you will be notified by 17th October 2018.