Code of Practice

As a music practitioner I ensure that I strive to:

Children playing instruments together
Preparation is key to going with the flow.

practice being well prepared and organised

  • I can show that I have the specialist knowledge, skills and attitudes I need to work effectively, and that I am committed to filling any gaps
  • I agree with contractors the reasons for the work to be done, and the desired outcomes
  • I know enough about the setting I’m working in and its participants to ensure the success of the activity
  • I turn up in time for work (or if I can’t I let someone in charge know in good time)
  • My appearance and behaviour are appropriate I keep in good communication with contractors and settings
  • I keep up to date with all relevant paperwork, such as course planning documents, hand-outs, evaluation forms, invoices and budgets

Baby looking up in wonder
Protecting children's rights are paramount.

practice being safe and responsible

  • I am committed to ensuring the safety of children and vulnerable adults in my care
  • I ensure I have a relevant CRB disclosure if appropriate
  • I ensure that the activity is adequately protected by insurance
  • I ensure that risk assessments are carried out on my sessions; and I manage risks accordingly
  • I agree with contractors and settings on policies and processes for appropriate behaviour and equal opportunities
  • I can show purchasers references for my work
  • I charge appropriately for my services, to reflect the extent and quality of the work that I do, and the continuing professional development I undertake
  • I am clear and realistic about the extent of my skills in relation to the work I’m doing

Large group of mothers and toddlers playing music
Constant reflection makes every session tailor-made to that group.

practice preparing for and reflecting on my work

  • I discuss with contractors and settings the work to be done, and agree its aims and its delivery
  • I know how I will be able to provide quality, appropriate, music making experiences for the participants in each session
  • I am clear about the support I will need from my contractors and settings; and I ensure this support is available
  • I negotiate with my contractors and settings what monitoring data I need to collect, and I do so accurately and completely
  • I reflect on my sessions after I have carried them out, learning lessons for improved performance in the future


practice having appropriate musical skills
Ensuring that I am able to confidently and competently teach to the level required, while providing the instruments needed to complete the session well.

  • I have an appropriate range of musical skills for the participants, settings and sessions I offer to work in
  • I have sufficient expertise on my instrument or discipline (unless the context clearly doesn’t require them)
  • I can demonstrate musical flexibility, versatility, creativity and improvisation ability
  • I have appropriate musical resources to be able to adapt and react to changing circumstances during work



Singing while children return instruments to containers
Relationships are the foundations to success, and this includes relationships with the newest little people to the world.

practice working well with people

  • I value my participants and treat them with respect
  • I am empathetic and sensitive to both group and individual dynamics
  • I can motivate and inspire my participants
  • I lead high quality, enjoyable, worthwhile music experiences with my participants
  • I am friendly, approachable and professional in my manner


Leading a group of parents and children in a circle dance
Constantly updating knowledge and skills in music, child development and research.

practice being committed to my own professional development

  • I can show that I am committed to improving and updating my skills, knowledge and creativity through, for example, active membership of Musicians Union and MusicLeader; attendance on professional development courses
  • my professional portfolio 



This code of practice for music practitioners was created for and by the profession through MusicLeader and Soundsense, and is supported by Musicians Union, Music Manifesto, Musical Futures and the Federation of Music Services/Music Mark.