The Music PGCE covers the nature and principles of music teaching and learning and the place of music in the school curriculum. We aim to develop expertise in a variety of teaching situations and to equip students to plan meaningful musical experiences for their pupils. The programme is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2013).
The Music PGCE introduces students to the broad scope of Music as a curriculum subject across the 11-16 age range. The course is designed to support musicians in coming to an understanding of what it means to be an effective and successful music educator. Our priority is to develop expertise in a variety of teaching situations, by exploring a range of different teaching styles. We aim to deepen students’ theoretical understanding of educational issues through engaging practical music workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Our central London location means that we are able to draw on the world-leading expertise of professional musicians and music educators. For example, in recent years a number of subject sessions have been arranged in collaboration with expert musicians from The London Sinfonietta, LSO St Luke’s (Gamelan) and the Kingdom Choir (Gospel).
While undertaking placements in our network of partner schools, students also benefit from the wealth of expertise in London and the opportunity to teach music in a vibrant and dynamic setting.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two subject-related Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments and practical musicianship tasks, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools
The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, practical music workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.
You will spend most of your time (up to 120 days) in schools, working with music mentors who support you through your two school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong music departments. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.