This course is designed to develop innovative and highly skilled teachers who wish to inspire young people through music and cultivate their music teaching expertise in a variety of contexts, equipping you to plan and teach engaging and meaningful musical experiences for your school students.
The course is designed to support musicians’ understanding of what it means to be a highly effective and successful music teacher, introducing you to the broad scope of music as a curriculum subject across the 11-16 age range. Our priority is to develop your teaching expertise in a variety of situations, by exploring a range of approaches to teaching music. We will offer a broad range of perspectives on the principles of syllabus design, evaluation and assessment in the field of music education. We aim to develop your teaching through engaging practical music workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials and through critical reflection of teaching and learning with expert musicians and music educators. You will also benefit from the expertise of music teacher mentors on your two school placements.
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 on offer in London and the opportunity to teach music in a vibrant and dynamic setting.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, 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 a programme of ‘Debates in Education’, subject lectures, seminars, 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 120 days across two school placements, working with IOE tutors and a school-based music teacher mentor to support your teaching and planning. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, including many outstanding mentors within highly respected school music departments. The Professional Practice module is assessed throughout these school placements.