The Teaching Musician - Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma

The Teaching Musician is an accredited, Postgraduate professional development programme, open to all musicians working in any music education setting from instrumental and vocal teachers to community music practitioners.

The Teaching Musician (PG Cert / Dip)

Applications for the 2017 cohort will open in late July 2016. Email with any enquiries about the programme or to express interest in applying.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is for experienced music leaders, teachers, community musicians, animateurs, and others working in learning or participatory settings, within the UK or internationally. It is designed for practitioners looking for a sustained training programme that can be completed alongside a professional career. The programme offers opportunities to reflect, engage with theory and research, and develop new skills within a community of practice.

The Teaching Musician will broaden and deepen your understanding of current learning models and core pedagogy, while supporting you to refine your practical skills through weekend workshops and inspiring work placements. Full information about the programme including fees can be found in the Programme Brochure.

Programme content

  • Four weekends of seminars and practical workshops, led by our expert staff
  • A short work placement offering experience in a new setting
  • Active engagement with other students, sharing ideas, skills and approaches, through forums on Moodle - our online Virtual Learning Environment
  • Written and practical assessments
  • Research skills and an in-depth personal project (PG Dip only)

Programme structure

PG Certificate

  • Face-to-face teaching takes place in Greenwich, London, across four weekends. You will be supported in navigating your own learning journey through a choice of training sessions during these weekends.
  • Other learning activities include facilitated online discussion, assignments, and a work placement, supported by our online Virtual Learning Environment.
  • You may choose to take the Certificate (60 credits) in one year or through a flexible route over a two-year period.

PG Diploma

  • To complete the Diploma (120 credits), you will undertake all of the Certificate modules and additionally, one distance-learning research skills module, one day of teaching and practical assessment (scheduled for Thursday 6 April 2017), and an in-depth personal project. You can take these ‘Diploma credits’ at the same time as taking the Certificate modules, or after your Certificate has been completed.

For full details of the programme structure including module descriptions, see our 2017 Programme Brochure and Programme Specification.

Teaching Musician 2016

By the end of the programme, you will have:

  • refreshed and developed your practice and consolidated a range of new teaching and leadership skills;
  • explored new ideas, learned new approaches, and developed your knowledge of educational and participatory settings through discussion with, observation of, and learning from others;
  • gained a fresh understanding of your role as a musician in the contemporary music education sector;
  • developed collaborative skills which will support your future professional career.

Please note that this qualification does not offer QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Application requirements

  • A degree or equivalent training and professional experience; those without a degree level qualification but with significant relevant professional experience are able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Vocational experience in music education and/or participatory settings, which should normally be current or recent
  • Fluent musical skills on your principal instrument/voice and a grasp of music theory
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including English at IELTS 6.5 overall (min. of 6.0 in all areas) or equivalent for international students

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2016 programme have now closed and will reopen for 2017 in July 2016. If you are interested in joining the 2017 cohort, please email with an expression of interest.

Applications are made via UCAS Conservatoires. (Search ‘Teaching Musician’ via the Course Search function on the UCAS Conservatoires website).

For more information

Download the 2017 Programme Brochure, the Programme Specification and check our FAQs page for commonly asked queries. If you still need help, email


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