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BA (Hons) Music with Teaching

Music graduates today embark on portfolio careers and nearly every professional performer also teaches.

The Music with Teaching (Instrumental) or (Vocal) degree prepares students to run their own private studio and to teach in a variety of one-to-one and group settings in schools.

Throughout the course students undertake modules to build practical experience and expand their knowledge base. 

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS W32X

Course Length:

College 3 Years Full Time

Entry requirements 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / E.P. / BTEC): 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC: MMM

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate, in a performance audition, ability in an instrument or voice and display musical awareness and skill. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

DBS: Enhanced DBS check required.

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Postgraduate pathways

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Student view

Saara Sofia Paakko
The atmosphere at the university is lovely due to the small size of the institution, and I love being around like-minded people.
Rob Murray

Being given the opportunity to teach a student on a one to one basis was an extremely valuable experience.  The hands on experience gave us the opportunity to put the skills that we had learned into practice.  The opportunity opened your eyes to the real world of teaching and prepared you to think with great creativity and imagination. Now, as a director of my own peripatetic music academy I continually monitor the ways in which the students learn so that our tutors deliver tuition to the highest standards. 

2007 Graduate, Rob is now Director of Music Academy of Schools

Matthew Clarke

The combination of informative lectures and seminars from superb staff with the practical placements made the IVT course a thoroughly enjoyable and enhancing learning experience. It has certainly helped me in my current private teaching practice since graduating.

2014 Graduate, private teacher, performer

Jess Bhatty-Garcia

The teaching modules were by far my favourite modules; the lectures were engaging, interactive and motivating. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in becoming a teacher.

-2015 Graduate went on to enroll on a PGCE course.

Course content

From the beginning of the degree students explore the technique and mechanics for their own instrument and how this works physically with various learners, from young children’s changing bodies to adults who have more established muscular routines.

They move on to research the various graded examination systems across classical and popular music and how music is taught in the National Curriculum, both for mainstream and special needs children.

Learning about teaching would be nothing if students did not learn a new instrument themselves. Everyone learns as a beginner and has to sit a mock Grade 1 exam and the experience of a singer learning the violin can be revelatory, as suddenly the instrument is not within, but external to the body.

This experience coincides with preparing assembly presentations and workshops for KS1 and KS2 children.

Going to a variety of schools gives the university students a rounded view of different contexts they can work as visiting private teachers.

Academically, students learn about the psychology of learning and teaching.

This is vital, as each pupil is different and learning to prepare, assess, reflect, and revise interactions and the way material is presented can allow for positive pupil-centred teaching instead of a reactive approach. 

In the third year of the degree, students gain experience with both one-to-one and group teaching.

Students teach individual lessons to peers and colleagues, video the lessons, and reflect on their planning, progress, and effectiveness in tailoring the lessons for that individual’s learning needs.

Finally students create their own curriculum learn how to plan a year’s repertoire and study for a student of their choice. Many areas in teaching follow a curriculum, but in music lessons this is not something that exists.

There are exam syllabi, but they are not learning curricula.

Having the opportunity to think through and plan for a future pupil gives our graduates a real head start in the profession, equipping them with skills they would otherwise have to learn in the field while they were working.

This is the only course of its kind that takes students from beginning to end and prepares them to work in this way.

The final module involves international experience, where students are involved in all aspects of planning, arranging workshops and performances, intercultural exchanges, and the logistics of timetabling the schedule of getting from A to B. Real world experience in the real world.

Teaching lessons in music is about performance skill and technique, but it includes a great deal of people skills too.

The Music with Teaching degree puts our graduates leaps ahead and ready to take their places in today’s competitive professional world.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

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 the Bishop Otter 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.

Tuition takes place in our modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) and an acoustically superb performance venue. The Music department have access to several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. The Chapel is a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centre piece of the campus.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we’ve developed a student and graduate internship scheme.

Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships.

The areas our graduates have progressed into include:

  • Film, television and radio
  • Teaching at all levels of education
  • Work in various community ventures
  • Music therapy
  • Musical theatre
  • Music administration
  • Music leaders
  • Opera singers
  • Group instrumentalists
  • Composers
  • Instrumental or vocal peripatetic teachers

Work placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we’ve developed a student and graduate internship scheme.

Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships.

Indicative modules

Some of the typical modules you can expect to study include:

  • Performance Development
  • Music Now
  • World Music
  • Introduction To Popular Music
  • Style & Genre
  • Popular Music In The Community
  • Musical Grammar
  • Technique for the Young Performer
  • Grades and Development
  • Preparing Young Musicians for Assessment
  • Arranging for Vocal Ensembles
  • Arranging for Instrumental Ensembles
  • Classicism
  • Modern Jazz: Seven Steps To Heaven
  • The Baroque
  • Reading Popular Music
  • Music And Society
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Personal Study (Music)
  • Romanticism
  • Structures And Politics Of Rock Music
  • Modernism
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Approaches to Teaching 
  • Expressing Music Through Movement & Gesture
  • Musical Event

As you progress through your degree programme, you’ll need to enhance and build on your skills as a musician, as a performer and as a scholar. In making your module choices, you‘re able to draw on study skills modules that you feel are relevant to your personal developmental needs. Some of the study skills modules you might take are:

  • Musical Grammar
  • Writing about Music
  • Listening Skills 1
  • Music and Society

Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of more than 40 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions. Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

DBS Costs

Applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.