“Music for all” is at the heart of all work.
You’ll explore the unique contribution that music can have to a child’s development. We will prepare you to work within the National Curriculum for Music and to teach exam specifications, including: GCSE, A-level and BTECH. You’ll learn strategies and methods to engage students and to stimulate creative music making. The programme will also develop your reflective and analytical skills, useful in teaching and beyond. All the work will draw on the latest research into learning and teaching, and music pedagogy.
One key aspect is music technology. We provide workshops to develop your music ICT skills. These are designed for beginners and for those with considerable experience. You’ll undertake individual and group sequencing and recording work and learn how technology can support musical learning in classrooms. There are opportunities to learn how new technologies support students with special needs and disabilities to make music.
There are many other practical activities on offer including workshops on conducting, steel band, and singing. In the summer term, you’ll also have the opportunity to develop skills in teaching drama. In past years, students have also taken active roles in community ventures: previous events include a music hub instrumental workshop, and a concert for primary school children across Bristol.
In the Summer there’s also an opportunity to spend time in special schools working with students with additional needs or disabilities, and/or to take part in the Green Apple scheme.
We will support you throughout your teaching experiences. You have a personal university mentor and a specially trained mentor in school.
Your teaching and your written work is assessed separately. There are 3 Master’s assignments (20 credits each, of approximately 4,000 words in length). One is submitted in each term.
The University of Bristol PGCE Music postgraduates are sought after for first appointments locally and nationally, and employment rates are very high: 100% for the last 3 years’ cohorts.
PGCE Music student teachers comment on the course:
“The constant support from my university tutors has been amazing - whenever and wherever you need it.”
“SEN/D in music discussions -understanding how to differentiate effectively for a range of needs - were really good.”
“The technology support was great – I’d never used Cubase, Logic before. Excellent help… and how to apply to teaching.”
“Tutorial on masters writing were really helpful giving me a nudge in the right direction!”