Opportunities for RCM students

RCM students and Sparks participants playing marimba and piano
RCM Sparks offer invaluable opportunities for students to experience a variety of music education settings. 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.

RCM Sparks provide 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.

At undergraduate level, BMus students study Music Leadership: Learning & Participation and can then choose to take Music Leadership Teaching Skills & Techniques. Additional music education modules are available at post-graduate level including the new Master of Education. 

Workshop leadership with RCM Sparks

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

Over 145 RCM students

took part as mentors

& 195 student placements

In the 2022-23 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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