This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Music course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.
The course focuses on meeting the demands of teaching music in secondary schools in the 21st century. The programme proves a balance of reflective practice, analytic research and study, and current developments in music education.
The course allows for engagement with philosophies and pedagogies of music education, the development of approaches to delivering musical learning, and projects and opportunities to put such considerations into practice.
We pride ourselves on working closely with our partnership schools, and our team of mentors has the well-being and progression of our students at the heart of their work.
We work closely with a local primary school to address issues of transition from KS2-3, and spend time in a local school for pupils with SEND to more fully explore inclusivity in educational provision. We have a close partnership with Berkshire Maestros and work collaboratively to deliver singing, composition and performance workshops.
At the heart of our approach is that music teachers must be musicians as well as teachers. They must teach in a way that allows their pupils to develop their own musical understanding and use music as the target language for all that goes on in the music classroom.
Your tutors are a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics. You will be taught by experts in the field of music in education, and together you will examine a range of pedagogical approaches to music teaching.
You will learn in our purpose-built music and music technology studios with extensive resources of music, instruments and equipment.
Teaching is through lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.
Sessions may include:
- participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
- attending presentations by subject experts
- working on tasks in groups
- having individual tutorials
- visits to schools or other education settings
- visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
- writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies
These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.
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