International Academy of Music Education

UK based adult education, training and CPD provider, publishers and researchers

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One of the founding aims of The International Academy of Music was to provide support and a platform with which to champion the works of emerging composers, whether just starting out, or more established composers, and looking for a more flexible and ethical publishing solution.

Our initial research showed that there was considerable interest in having reliable support that could advise and get composers started with publishing, both in the educative/examination sectors and also the wider music publishing market. Currently in development, and due to be launched very early in 2018, we will be providing a service to help composers and arrangers get a better deal. iAM’s publishing team will periodically put out calls for scores from composers who would like the chance to get their work checked, typeset and proofed professionally, and put out for sale via online and traditional formats.

This will be done on what we believe is a really fair and ethical basis, with no fees, a high share percentage on sales, and most importantly, after a short initial period, a non-exclusive sales agreement rather than publishing contract so that, as the composer becomes more established, they are able to choose whether to remain with us or not. Full control, no initial outlay, good sales royalty percentages and  flexibility for the future.

As part of our publishing work, we will also work with composers to get a sample recording with which to help market the work. We want you to succeed and we want to see the wider publishing industry become more open and fair to composers and arrangers.

Full details will be available in early 2018, but in the meantime, prospective composers wishing to potential send pieces for consideration may contact the publishing team HERE.


Study at your leisure from the convenience of home, fitting your study around existing commitments, with the full guidance and support of one of our expert tutors.

The courses are designed with your personal musical development in mind, whether that be as a composer who wishes to develop further vocational skills in composition, orchestration or arranging, or as a music appreciator who wants to widen their listening and knowledge.

Courses due to be launched include:  Listening to the 20th Century: Rare Repertoire, Discovering Historical Music, Listening for Musicians: Medieval and Renaissance and Listening and Repertoire Studies in Film Music / Musical Theatre

More information about our range of courses can be found HERE.

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Composing & Arranging MENTORING


We also provide mentoring services in compositionarrangement and orchestration.

These are bespoke, more lengthy, programmes of work where you can agree your focus of study with one of our tutors, who are all experienced working composers. You can work on your projects with support and advice from our tutors to help bring your specific goals and projects to completion.

Mentoring is ideal for any developing composers, regardless of previous experience, who are seeking support for a specific project or who would like to continue developing their compositional skills at a pace which matches their needs. It really is a very flexible personal service. For more information on mentoring, click HERE.


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One-off Consultancies: In addition to our longer, more extensive, mentoring programmes, we also provide one off consultancy opportunities with our tutors. You can book a one-off consultancy session, where you can submit work and questions to one of our specialist tutors for appraisals and/or guidance on how to proceed (depending on your requirements) and you’ll receive detailed written feedback from your chosen tutor. There is also the option, with certain tutors, to receive your feedback on a Skype video chat, or phone conversation. For more info on consultancies, click HERE.


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CPD COURSES FOR EDUCATORS: The International Academy of Music’s forthcoming range of flexible CPD music courses will offer educators working worldwide a chance to explore and develop areas of music and composition to a greater depth, using methods that can be integrated into professional practice. Our Continuing Professional Development courses will be offered in short and longer term study formats meaning that each course can be adapted to the specific level needed by each educator.

This is personalised training and study, supported by one of our tutors, not a one-size-fits-all course.  We want to make our passion about music and composition your passion, transferring our knowledge to help you confidently build practical skills.

Our home study CPD courses are delivered through a mixture of reading, listening & online research and short assignments along with supportive mentored feedback. A certificate will be issued on completion of each course.

More information about our range of courses can be found HERE.


Our mentoring and courses have no fixed sessions so you can apply when it suits you. They are structured flexibly and can be tailored to suit your requirements.


Our courses are designed by specialists and our courses tutored by experts in their field ensuring a high quality of feedback.


We are contactable via email, telephone and social media, giving us the ability to respond to and support you in a quick and efficient manner.


All our services are designed with you in mind, supporting your learning and development in a personalised way, when you need it. No ‘one-size-fits-all’ here!


We work with a number of excellent independent publishers, composers and specialists to bring you new and exciting resources. We are company that trades ethically with charitable purposes so work with partners to ensure a better, more equitable, deal for all.


Our courses and exam opportunities are designed and pegged to existing educational frameworks offering clear pathways for progression. Certificates are issued on successful completion.


We recognise and reward your progress and encourage professional practice as you continue to develop. This is ‘learning with purpose‘, encouraging real, transferable skills, rather than learning purely to be examined.


You are why we exist, so we very much welcome feedback and suggestions for further services from students, teachers and partner organisations. Be part of itget in touch!


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As we care passionately about what we do and about widening access to music education, we will be shortly announcing the details of the inaugural iAM composition scholarship which will award the recipient a full fee reduction for one of our composition or mentoring courses. To be kept informed of developments, email us or sign up to the newsletter above.


Our directors and tutors are passionate music researchers and we actively encourage and support ongoing study involving distance education provision and assessment. Other projects also include developing and testing the assessment of performance over a distance environment, and the associated music examination material for such exams. If you might like further information on our research, please email us for further information.