The Master of Music (Performance Teaching) is a specialist coursework degree, preparing graduates in Western classical and contemporary music as performer-teachers. Our graduates work as instrumental or vocal instructors in schools, studios, community programs, and in private provider and further education settings, both in Australia and overseas.
The course has two specialisations:
The course provides advanced music performance tuition, second instrument studies and ensemble participation alongside the pedagogy of performance teaching. Professional practice is completed in a variety of settings including community organisations, schools, studios and Suzuki classes and there is a range of elective subjects in the practical, theoretical and research areas.
The specialist pedagogical subjects, combined with individual lessons, will enable students to acquire a thorough understanding of teaching issues that are specific to music performance and of the various methods and approaches applied to teaching music performance at all levels.
In the final semester students choose between:
Specialist electives may include: Teaching Aural Musicianship, Applied Physiology for Musicians, Piano Pedagogy and Piano Repertoire.
Completing the Instrumental Specialisation in the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) will enable students to obtain advanced standing with a range of education providers, leading to Victorian Institute of Teaching registration after an additional period of study.
This course also offers a pathway into the PhD after completing the Professional Research Project elective.
Pedagogy is explored in small subject groups; techniques are examined for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.
The Dance route is designed to build on prior experience to equip all students with the specific subject knowledge and skills that will enable them to become effective teachers of Dance across Key Stage 3 and 4 and Post 16.
The English route is designed to equip students to teach language and literature across Key Stages 3 and 4 of the national curriculum and to A Level. The two subject study modules, which are based at our Bognor Regis Campus, involve active learning and all students lead sessions at different points of the year.
The History routes is designed to equip you to teach the subject across Key Stages 3 and 4 of the national curriculum and to A Level. This course aims to produce reflective and effective classroom practitioners, who are conversant with current discourses on history as it relates to secondary education.
As with all the PGCE Secondary subjects, this group is relatively small so that your tutors can recognise your particular strengths and needs, and there’s excellent support and academic advice. A team of mathematics tutors with complementary expertise contribute to the university-based sessions and are also subject tutors for school placement visits.
The PGCE Secondary in Modern Languages aims to develop the necessary skills to teach modern languages effectively and make learning experiences for young people enjoyable and varied. In the University subject sessions you’ll develop your understanding of how children learn and appropriate modern languages teaching, including the use of target language and assessment.
This course aims to develop professional knowledge, understanding and skills in the subject material and curriculum required to teach PE, both within practical and theoretical domains.
The Religious Education (RE) route draws on your own prior experiences and skills and develops them to make you into a reflective, analytical and effective classroom practitioner; who can engage with current ideological and pedagogical debates surrounding the distinctive place of RE in the curriculum.
(Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
The Science route is designed to equip you to teach national curriculum Science at Key Stage 3. At Key Stage 4 and A Level you’ll concentrate on your subject specialism – Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The subject specific element of the course is delivered at a partner school and is complemented by a Professional Studies programme, which is based at our Bognor Regis campus.
Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.
At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.
Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.
This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher. At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school. Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools.
In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:
The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study. This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.