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The music education code of practice for music practitioners

Originally developed for and by the profession through MusicLeader and Sound Sense

The Music Education Code of Practice helps to ensure music practitioners provide high quality music making and learning experiences for the people they work with. The code does this by providing a set of quality statements concerning all aspects of music learning:

  • Be well prepared and organised
  • Be safe and responsible
  • Have appropriate musical skills
  • Work well with people
  • Evaluate and reflect on the work
  • Commit to professional development

By adopting the code, practitioners demonstrate their commitment to quality work. By using the code as a benchmark, employers and hirers of practitioners demonstrate their commitment to requiring high-quality practice of those who work for them. 

We're aligned!

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With the ArtWorks code of practice principles
for artists working in participatory settings


Do you employ or hire community musicians and other music practitioners?
Then demand that they have adopted the Code of Practice - it’s your assurance that the musician is committed to providing a quality service.

Many of them will also be members of Sound Sense, their own professional association, and will carry their own public liability insurance. You can check someone’s membership details here.

We’re aligned!
The music education code of practice for music practitioners is fully aligned with the ArtWorks code of practice principles. So you can be sure that an artist who shows you their signed copy of the ArtWorks code of practice principles is committed to the same quality statements as a Sound Sense member or other music educator who shows you a copy of the music education code.

What you can expect of a community musician  Download me! Download
Read here the details of what you can expect of a community musician who has adopted the Code of Practice.

Are you a community musician?
Then make sure you have adopted the Code of Practice.

Adopting the code is your first step to professionalism. But to be able to read the detailed help and guidance on the code; join in the debates about good practice; get a listing in the directory - and to get FREE public liability insurance - you need to be a member of Sound Sense. Find out more here

We’re aligned!
The music education code of practice for music practitioners is fully aligned with the ArtWorks code of practice principles. So you can be sure that a prospective employer who asks to see a copy of your code of practice will be satisfied you’re committed to the same quality statements whether you use the ArtWorks code or the music education code.

What you commit to as a community musician  Download me! Download
Read here the details of what you commit to as a community musician who has adopted the Code of Practice.