This innovative programme seeks to develop flexible and creative musicians who can make a real impact in schools and other educational settings. It attracts graduate musicians from diverse musical backgrounds and turns them into confident classroom practitioners and music leaders.
The collaboration between the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance combines a long tradition of teacher education at the university with the expertise of one of the country's leading conservatoires.
There have been various attempts in recent years to make more coherent provision for young people's music education and the key to success is effective collaboration between different partners as well as teachers/leaders who understand young people's own interests, passions and motivations. The PGCE programme aims to develop the student teacher's subject knowledge, musicianship and teaching skills as a preparation for teaching music in a wide variety of educational contexts.
The programme comprises two elements: subject and professional training (60 days at the Avery Hill Campus or Trinity Laban in Greenwich) and school-based experience (120 days). The latter is spent mainly in two contrasting secondary schools although a small number of days during term 2 are spent working in alternative music education contexts.
Both the postgraduate and professional certificate enable students to gain an academic qualification (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The aims of the programme are:
- To develop breadth and depth in subject knowledge and musicianship
- To promote an openness to the values of all musics
- To develop a critical attitude to different pedagogies and the statutory curriculum.
Our secondary education programme is for students who want to train to teach young people in secondary schools. The programme is a mixture of learning at the university together with periods of practical teaching experience in our partner schools and colleges.
What you'll study
Full time - Year 1: Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Professional e-Portfolio (Level 6) (15 credits) Professional Studies and School-Based Research (Level 6) (45 credits) School Experience A (15 credits) School Experience B (15) (15 credits) Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 1 (30 credits) Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy 2 (30 credits)
Fees and finance
Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.
Written assignments and observation of teaching in relation to the Teachers' Standards. The postgraduate certificate offers an opportunity for Masters level credits to be gained through submission of appropriate assignments.
Qualified Teacher Status.
The majority of our graduates become secondary music teachers, although there are opportunities to work as an instrumental/vocal teacher or as a workshop leader.