PGCE: Musicians in Education

The Secondary PGCE ‘Musicians in Education’ is a collaboration between Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the University of Greenwich. It combines our expertise as one of the country’s leading conservatoires with a long tradition of teacher education at the University of Greenwich. The aim of the programme is simple: to prepare flexible and creative musicians who are confident working across a range of educational contexts. In addition to working in and qualifying for the formal school context, you will develop the skills to lead young people in making music in other settings too.

Why Study With Us?

  • Widen your knowledge, understanding and musicianship across the field of music education
  • Learn through a commitment to critical reflection on theory and practice
  • Become a confident and effective teacher of music in schools and other educational settings
  • Be an innovator in the future evolution of music education

How Does It Work?

Training is provided through collaboration between Trinity Laban (16 days) and the University of Greenwich (44 days), and is underpinned by significant placement learning opportunities within the schools sector (120 days, of which 10 are placements in alternative contexts with Trinity Laban's partners). These elements will enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to teach in secondary schools, and you will be formally assessed against the national statutory requirements for Qualified Teacher Status.

In addition to practical teaching experience gained in two main schools, the partnership between Trinity Laban and the University enables you to gain training and teaching experience outside of classroom settings, for example in instrumental/vocal teaching for a Music Hub, school Musical Futures or community rock/pop projects, or leading orchestral outreach projects. As part of a collaborative team you will also design, coordinate and lead a two-day immersive creative composition project in a school.

In support of this work, you will be able to undertake instrumental/vocal lessons with Trinity Laban's outstanding teachers and will also be mentored by subject specialist teachers from whom you will receive daily feedback and guidance.

Career Opportunities

By gaining Qualified Teacher Status you become a qualified teacher for both the maintained and independent sectors. The majority of our graduates become secondary music teachers. However, there are other opportunities, such as working for local authority music services in instrumental teaching or curriculum support. Some students use the skills they have developed to pursue a career as freelance workshop musicians.

What Do I Need To Apply?

  • A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in music, or a 2.1 degree where music is a significant component
  • PLUS GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • A high standard of practical musicianship demonstrated through performance at interview
  • It is recommended that applicants spend some time observing in a secondary school before interview.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for the PGCE 'Musicians in Education' should be made to the University of Greenwich via the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) website.

All enquiries regarding the course should be directed to The University of Greenwich0800 005 006