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PGCE Secondary Music

Course Description

The Middlesex PGCE Secondary Music course is one year full-time. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:

Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively across the 11-16 age range
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary Music curriculum
Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.

Five workshop/seminar programmes seek to develop and broaden your previous experience:

Practice and Content in Music Education
Music Technology in the Music Curriculum
Stylistic Diversity in the Music Curriculum
Process and Progression in Music Education
Music and the Whole Curriculum
The focus is on developing effective practice in the classroom within the context of the National Curriculum. Content includes the role of the electronic keyboard and computers and MIDI in music education. Your subject knowledge is broadened to include jazz and pop and world music. You will study the place of curriculum music in relation to other arts and the broader society and instrumental teaching.

We have a full range of specialist music and teaching facilities on-site and the course includes specialist mentors from our partner schools.

Two thirds (120 days) of the PGCE Secondary Music course will be on placement. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates go on to work in their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement.

In 2012, the secondary teacher training programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features (by Ofsted), an excellent result for a large and diverse provider of teacher training.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Music page on the Middlesex University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2 (hons degree) or equivalent qualification in a related subject. At least two weeks work experience in a UK Secondary school.

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