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London Early Years Music Network Training Programme 2021/22 – applications now open

We’re delighted to announce that applications for our 2021/2022 LEYMN training programme are now open.

Now in its eighth year, this 11-month long specialist programme consists of training sessions, mentoring, observation and reflection to develop the practice of those working musically with young children. 


Who should apply?

We have two places available for individuals looking to widen their skills, knowledge and experience in early years music.

You might be a teacher, student, early years practitioner, musician or volunteer; some participants work in schools and early years settings, in children’s centres, healthcare settings, museums and galleries, and for arts organisations; some are employed, some freelance, have their own businesses, or are on the way to setting up their own ventures. If you want to work in the fascinating and thought-provoking world of music-making with very young children, then this opportunity is for you. We are keen to hear from both musicians wanting to do more early years practice, and early years practitioners wanting to do more music. 

We would suggest participants should have some form of regular early years practice during the programme – if you don’t but you’re really keen then please apply anyway as we may be able to help and will be able to discuss this further with you.  

This programme is for London-based individuals only.


How the programme works

The programme is part-time and flexible and can fit around your existing work and  commitments. The programme provides input and guidance from the LEYMN curator and your mentor while also giving you the space to direct your own learning and attend training relevant to your needs. 

The programme offers:  

  • A development needs analysis, taught session and further input and materials from the LEYMN curator
  • Face-to-face or online (as appropriate at the time) sessions with your mentor plus further remote support between meetings. Each apprentice will be assigned a mentor from the early years sector, who will support you through the process as well as come and observe you working in your setting. 
  • Paid shadowing opportunities – we have a range of partners including Spitalfields Music, London Symphony Orchestra, Wigmore Hall Learning, Creative Futures and Music House for Children amongst others. 
  • Free access to Sound Connections training sessions and a bursary towards further training sessions or conferences

You will maintain a portfolio documenting and reflecting on your activities over the year with the support of your mentor and the LEYMN curator and be asked to submit a case study of your practice in a format to be agreed with you.  


Applications for the 2021/22 training programme are now closed.

If you have any questions please contact Emily Perryman, Programme Coordinator, on


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