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Code of Practice

Our Code of Practice is here to guide you through what you need to be able to do and the core principles music teachers and Union members should uphold.

Last updated: 31 March 2022

This code provides a set of quality statements concerning aspects of music learning that all music practitioners and teachers should follow.

Be well-prepared and organised

  • Work effectively and possess the appropriate specialist knowledge and skills.
  • Negotiate with contractors and employers the aims, objectives and desired outcomes for the work, and maintain communication for the duration of the project.
  • Understand the context of a programme or project and plan effectively to ensure the success of the activity for the participants.
  • Adopt appropriate attitude, behaviour and dress code.
  • Manage time effectively, starting and finishing as planned and agreed.
  • Be aware of the support needed and request help when necessary.
  • Keep up with relevant paperwork, such as course planning documents, handouts, evaluation forms, invoices and budgets.
  • Charge appropriately for services.

Be safe and responsible

  • Take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of everyone attending sessions, especially children and vulnerable adults.
  • Ensure that the activity is adequately insured.
  • Ensure that Risk Assessments are carried out and manage any risks accordingly.
  • Understand the contractor’s policies, routines and procedures, e.g. child protection, equal opportunities, behaviour management, data protection.
  • Provide references for work and a disclosure certificate, where necessary.

Have appropriate musical skills

  • Demonstrate musical expertise, creativity and versatility.
  • Adapt and react to changing circumstances by drawing on appropriate musical resources.

Evaluate and reflect on your work

  • Collect monitoring data for your contractors and employers.
  • Collect feedback from contractors, employers and participants.
  • Reflect on work and continually strive to improve your practice.

Commit to professional development

  • Improve and update your skills, knowledge and creativity via regular training, personal reflection and membership of professional bodies.
  • Maintain a professional portfolio and CV.

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