Music (11-16) and Specialist Instrumental Tuition (7-18)
This salaried course is unique in the East of England since it combines secondary initial teacher training for the music curriculum (11-16) with specialist instruction in providing one-to-one/small group instrumental tuition (from beginner to advanced, for ages 7 to 18).
It is offered by St Mary’s College Academy of Music and Performing Arts – a large, vibrant professional music teaching faculty, that employs over 12 music teachers and works across 9 primary and secondary schools in Hull (City of Culture).
The programme provides an ideal balance of school-based experience with professional and subject-specific training. The course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with the option to complete a Masters Level Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the University of Hull.
You will be fully integrated into the music department at your host school where you will learn from an experienced mentor and other host teachers. You will receive training in how to teach across the 11-16 age range, including techniques for managing classroom behaviour and ensuring pupils of all abilities and needs can learn and make good progress. You will also have opportunities to teach post-16 lessons and get involved in a range of extra-curricular music and performing arts activities, events and trips.
You will not be “thrown in at the deep end”. You will begin by observing
lessons, then try team-teaching before starting to build up gradually towards a teaching timetable which includes Key Stage 3 and 4 classes and one-to-one/small group instrumental tuition (Key Stage 2 to 5). Some of these lessons will be supported by host teachers who can observe and give you feedback and set targets to help you improve further. Other lessons you will teach on your own and then hold follow-up discussions your mentor to reflect on the progress those classes and individual students are making. This approach helps to build your confidence within a manageable timetable so that, by the end of the course, you are able to make a smooth transition to the NQT timetable expected in your first teaching year.
Each week you will receive high quality one-to-one mentoring from a Music specialist as well as core Professional Studies training delivered by Specialist leaders in Education (SLEs). There are also regular Music Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy (SKAP) training sessions, and university-led tuition to support your PGCE assignments.