The Teaching Musician - Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MA

The Teaching Musician is a postgraduate programme, developed to support and recognise the skills of musicians working in music education. It is designed as a professional development programme for musicians working in the UK and beyond in any educational setting: from instrumental and vocal teachers to community music practitioners.

The Teaching Musician (PG Cert / Dip)

Applications for the 2017 cohort are NOW CLOSED however if you are still considering joining us for the 2017 cohort starting in February, please contact us on [email protected] to discuss submitting a late application.

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. Primarily a distance learning programme, it is designed for practitioners looking for a sustained training programme that offers the flexibility to 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 other practitioners.

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. It can be completed in a series of study blocks, leading to Certificate, Diploma or MA qualifications. Full information about the programme including fees can be found in the Programme Brochure.

How you'll learn

  • Four weekends of seminars and practical workshops (Certificate)
  • Ongoing distance learning that supports you to reflect on your professional practice
  • Work placements, action research and mentoring
  • Additional taught modules for PGDip/MA delivered in April 2017
  • Active engagement with other students, sharing ideas, skills and approaches through our online Virtual Learning Environment
  • Teaching, support and mentoring from expert staff
  • Written and practical assessments

Programme structure

The Teaching Musician programme consists of three blocks of study:

  • PG Certificate Modules (60 credits)
  • PG Dip/MA Taught Modules (60 credits)
  • PG Dip/MA Personal Project Modules (60 credits)

These may be combined to achieve the following qualifications:

PG Certificate (60 Credits)

  • 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 in one year, or through a flexible route over a two-year period.

PG Diploma (120 Credits)

  • The PG Certificate may be combined with the PG Dip/MA Taught Modules OR the PG Dip/MA Personal Project Modules to achieve a PG Diploma (120 credits)

MA The Teaching Musician (180 Credits)

  • To achieve the MA, you will complete all of the PG Certificate modules along with additional PG Dip/MA Taught Modules AND the PG Dip/MA Personal Project (60 credits).

The programme is flexible to allow you to combine blocks of study, taking anywhere between 30 and 120 credits per year, to fit with your other commitments. For a full description of modules and standard ‘routes through’ the programme, see our Programme Brochure.

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;
  • gained a fresh understanding of your role as a musician in the contemporary music education sector, and
  • 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 will be asked to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Considerable professional experience in music education and/or participatory settings, which should normally be current or recent
  • Fluent musical skills on your principal instrument/voice (normally grade 8 or equivalent professional experience)
  • 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 are made via UCAS Conservatoires. Applications for the 2017 cohort are now closed and will reopen for the 2018 entry in July 2017.

For more information

Download the 2017 Programme Brochure and check our FAQs page for commonly asked queries. If you require further information, email [email protected].

What previous participants have said

“I highly recommend the course (and have already done so to other music educators). It has exceeded all expectations so far and has already changed my practice and developed my confidence considerably.”

“Teaching is excellent. Sessions informative, interactive and collaborative, including learning from other participants as well as tutors.”

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