One of Wren’s key objectives is to ensure the passing of skills and the body of knowledge – as well as a passion and enthusiasm – to the ‘next generation’ of folk musicians and music leaders.

With over 30 years of experience in teaching individuals, and bringing on a younger generation of professional music leaders, Wren is ideally placed to deliver different types of training and development to:

  • Young Music Leaders

  • Folk Educators

  • Musicians and Singers

With our in-house expertise and material, and working with key partners, we are proud to be able to deliver:


Arts Award                                                                                                                      


Arts Award is a national scheme that provides:

  • a great way for children and young people to be inspired by and enjoy the arts

  • five levels, four qualifications and an introductory award

  • a framework for learning new skills and sharing them

  • an opportunity to develop creativity and leadership skills

  • a link between young people and creative arts professionals

Wren Music is an Arts Award Centre and can give members of our Roots youth groups the opportunity to work through their Arts Award. As an Arts Award Supporter we can also help other youth organisations wanting to run the Arts Award. Wren staff are trained as Arts Award advisors, up to gold level.


Wren staff are trained as Arts Award advisors, up to gold level.


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The Certificate for Music Educators - CME


In partnership with Trinity College and the Musicians Union


CME is a new qualification for all music educators that Wren Music is piloting in Devon, in partnership with the Devon Music Education Hub (DMEH).


The Trinity Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (Trinity CME) is designed for music educators who work with children and young people. It is supported by a flexible programme of learning, validated by Trinity College, London and supported by Devon, Plymouth and Torbay South West Music Education Hubs.


Wren Music has been endorsed as a centre for the South West by Trinity and a first intake of students was enrolled in September 2016, with the aim of growing student numbers subsequently. We are designing a course to meet the Trinity requirements and also to give students the benefit of Wren Music’s long experience in the music education sector.


The qualification is accredited by Trinity College which has approved Wren as a certified provider of the training. And Paul Wilson, Wren’s Music Director has been closely involved in the process from the outset – from sitting on the original Working Party for the National Plan, to writing the folk elements of the course.


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Musinc:  Developing a transnational quality framework and resource bank to use music within non-formal pedagogy to achieve social and musical inclusion to describe the job role 'community musician'

A project funded by the EU under the Erasmus+ Adult Education Training


Wren Music is the coordinator for this project, which features a partnership across five countries: Italy, Romania, Latvia, Hungary and UK.

The project aims to produce a ‘quality framework’ demonstrated as a website and on-line training course (Intellectual outputs) that is applicable across the partnership, and all this will be shared through a website, which can act as a resource for those wanting to improve their practice.

Each partner will document aspects of their work to demonstrate ‘best practice’ and case studies to populate the resulting website. There is some budget towards this preparation.


    Wren Music                     UK

    Euridea                          Italy

    Associatia BRAT ONEST       Romania

    Skanumaja                      Latvia

    Szubjektív Értékek Alapítany   Hungary


The project outputs are achieved through Learning/Teaching/Training activities which take place in each of the partner countries, and each one focuses on a theme.


    Italy           Working with old people                                                           November 16

    Romania        Community Choirs / ensembles                                                   April 17

    Latvia            Traditional dance and instrumental work                                         September 17

    Hungary         Working with excluded groups e.g. Roma                                        March 18

    UK               Working with mixed ability groups including adults with learning disabilities   June 18



The final website will be launched at a major conference in Exeter in June 2018. Watch for further details, followed by smaller conferences in each of the partner countries over the summer of 2018.


Keep watch for further details or go to:






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