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.


Applications for the 2018 cohort are open. Please visit the UCAS Conservatoires website to register for 2018 entry. If you have any questions about the programme or application process after reading the information in the programme brochure and on our FAQs page, please contact us at [email protected].


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 2018
  • Active engagement with other students, sharing ideas, skills and approaches through our online Virtual Learning Environment
  • Teaching, support and mentoring from expert staff drawn from a variety of Higher Education Institutions
  • Written and practical assessments

Programme structure

The Teaching Musician programme consists of three blocks of study:

  • BLOCK A Certificate Modules (60 credits)
  • BLOCK B Contemporary Practice Modules (60 credits)
  • BLOCK C Personal Project Modules (60 credits)

These may be combined to achieve the following qualifications:

PG Certificate The Teaching Musician (60 Credits)

  • The PG Certificate may be taken as a stand-alone qualification by successfully completing all 5 assessed modules of Block A

PG Diploma The Teaching Musician (120 Credits)

  • Block A may be combined with Block B OR Block C to achieve a PG Diploma (120 credits)

MA The Teaching Musician (180 Credits)

  • Block A may be combined with Block B AND Block C to achieve to achieve the MA (180 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.

2018 Training Dates

17-18 February 2018

BLOCK A (PGCert) Weekend One

7-10 April 2018

BLOCK B Contemporary Practice Easter Course

11 April 2018

BLOCK C Personal Project Modules Presentation & Teaching

2-3 June 2018

BLOCK A (PGCert) Weekend Two

21-22 July 2018

BLOCK A (PGCert) Weekend Three

27-28 October 2018

BLOCK A (PGCert) Weekend Four

5 January 2019

BLOCK B Contemporary Practice Viva Date

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 reflective and 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 2018 entry are now open and will close on Thursday 30th November. 

For more information

Download the 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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