Students playing flute duet

Explore musical teaching and prepare to teach a student in your final year 

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4 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

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Overview

This BMus (Hons) Instrumental Teaching degree explores all aspects of musical learning and teaching., exploring music, instrumental teaching and how to teach a variety of students. You will discover instrumental technique and how sound is physically produced on the instrument in the first year before focusing on repertoire and the various musical gradings used by that schools and external exams. You will experience being a musical beginner as you learn a new instrument from scratch.

This course allows you to explore the technique and mechanics of your own instrument and how it works with various learners, from young children with changing bodies to adults with more established muscular routines. You will investigate graded examination systems across classical and popular music and explore how music is taught in the National Curriculum for mainstream and special needs children and explore the psychology of learning and teaching and prepare to support individual students. Every pupil is different so you will learn to prepare, assess, reflect, and revise interactions and how teaching material is presented. Your understanding will support positive and pupil-centred teaching, instead of using a reactive approach. You will explore the psychology of learning music, develop your teaching techniques and have a chance to work with children in workshops and in schools.

In your third year you will experience one-to-one and group teaching, and teach individual lessons to peers and colleagues. Recordings of these lessons will be used to reflect on your planning, progress, and effectiveness in tailoring lessons to the learning needs of individuals.

Finally you will create your own curriculum and plan a year’s repertoire and study for a student of your choice. Many areas in teaching follow a curriculum, but there is no set curriculum for music lessons. This opportunity to plan for a future pupil gives you notable head start in the teaching profession, equipping you with the skills you will need after you graduate.

You will also have the opportunity to choose a module on international experience where you will be involved in all aspects of event planning, arranging workshops and performances, intercultural exchanges, and the logistics of timetabling the schedule of getting from A to B.

On this course you will:

  • Explore aspects of musical learning and teaching.
  • Learn a new instrument from scratch.
  • Discover the national music curriculum and musical gradings.
  • Have opportunities to work with children and teach workshops.
  • Explore the psychology of learning music.
  • Take on your own private student during your final year.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will learn through scheduled lectures, workshops and tutorials in typical class sizes of up to 25 students.

You will be assessed through a range of assignments including:

  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Performance/practical work
  • Project work
  • Presentations
  • Seminar discussions

Saara Sofia Paakko

Conservatoire student
"The atmosphere at the university is lovely due to the small size of the institution, and I love being around like-minded people."

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Ensemble

You will produce a professional standard performance, demonstrating confidence within your chosen repertoire(s) and technical and expressive maturity. You will need an appropriate balance in programming and the ability to lean towards either a supporting or leadership role and develop your skills in hosting events and presenting the work to others.

First Study

You will work on your technical development and expressive facility in performance in a bespoke way with regular one to one tuition. We pride ourselves in helping you to form an excellent working relationship with your one to one tutor, which will enable you to identify areas for development, understand your specialist discipline with mindful awareness.

Grades and Development in Playing, Singing or Dance

This module examines the connections between the measured progress of the young player, singer or dancer and the general creative development of the child. Sessions are focused on graded development at early stages, with particular attention being paid to the acquisition of aural training and sight reading skills. You will consider general aspects of repertoire and skill development and students are encouraged to focus at least part of your study on an elected specialist area.

Musical Grammar 1

This module will introduce, reintroduce and familiarise you with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation. Alongside this, you will present and discuss your work, both individually and in groups – enhancing skills in teamwork and presentation, and building confidence.

Orchestral Experience

Recent performance practice has seen an increased interest in the historically-informed representation of music of the 18th and 19th centuries. This module is concerned with the musical styles of the 18th and 19th centuries as explored through the performance of orchestral or other set works. Through a combination of practical and analytical study, you will identify the major forms, writing styles, and characteristics of orchestral works or other set works in performance.

Professional Resilience

This module will explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful self-development.

Technique for the Young Performer

You will explore sound approaches to technique and analyse a range of technique strategies as you draw upon your own experience as a learner.

Writing About Music

This module will introduce a range of concepts and debates which inform our lives as musicians. You will develop your critical and analytical approach and gain the confidence and skill needed to express your analysis in written form. These concepts and debates will be introduced and explored through the study and examination of a range of music and related artworks from different styles, genres, and historical periods.

Classicism

This module will consider the Classical style in music primarily through the work of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Special consideration will be given to problems of formal analysis and the application of the conventions of a musicology to an artistic period so much defined by the work of a very small group of outstanding composers. You will study a variety of work: solo, ensemble and orchestral, sacred and secular. You will undertake the preparation of a presentation or lecture recital relating to a movement from a late 18th century work, as chosen by the individual.

Ensemble

You will produce a professional standard performance, demonstrating confidence within your chosen repertoire(s) and technical and expressive maturity. You will need an appropriate balance in programming and the ability to lean towards either a supporting or leadership role and develop your skills in hosting events and presenting the work to others.

First Study

You will work on your technical development and expressive facility in performance in a bespoke way with regular one to one tuition. We pride ourselves in helping you to form an excellent working relationship with your one to one tutor, which will enable you to identify areas for development, understand your specialist discipline with mindful awareness.

History of Modern Jazz

This module will look at jazz from two perspectives. Initially, the module will look at the history of jazz, starting with its birth in New Orleans and examining its stylistic developments concentrating on a number of key figures and movements in its evolution up to present day. However by the 1960’s, the free jazz movement began to blur the boundaries and definitions of what jazz is. Therefore, this module will also address the issue of the process that jazz has fore grounded as an evolving art form which constantly borrows from other musical influences to create ever-renewing hybrid forms of music. In looking at these two perspectives, the answer to the question ‘what is jazz?’ will be clarified alongside an appreciation for its rich and varied musical legacy.

Masterclass

This module continues to develop your performance and communication skills and your sense of performance context. You will develop your repertoire, your understanding of style and your skill in preparing for audition or performance.

Music and Society

This modules will explore a range of topics, including: the canon; music and gender; music and mediation; music and education; music and cultural identity; and popular and elite traditions. You will be encouraged to discuss your own positioning and understanding within each of these subject areas, as well as drawing upon a variety of social and cultural theories including those held within musicology.

Orchestral Experience

Recent performance practice has seen an increased interest in the historically-informed representation of music of the 18th and 19th centuries. This module is concerned with the musical styles of the 18th and 19th centuries as explored through the performance of orchestral or other set works. Through a combination of practical and analytical study, you will identify the major forms, writing styles, and characteristics of orchestral works or other set works in performance.

Performance Anxiety

Examine the problem of performance anxiety and stage nerves and study the theoretical background and how to effectively deal with anxiety. You will look at the performance itself and the surrounding physiological and psychological factors that lead to stage nerves during performance. This module introduces a wide range of theories from relevant disciplines including cognitive behavioural therapy and neuro-linguistic programming.

Preparing Young Musicians for Assessment and Performance

The practical, placement experience allows you to become a beginner all over again by learning a ‘new’ instrument during this term, recreating the feelings experienced by beginners. Reflections on this experience will inform and shape your approach to teaching in placement contexts. You will also observe school children in the early stages of learning to sing and will reflect on how the observations relate to their personal experience during the module. Various repertoire, aural tests, scales, and sight reading will be included in a broad exploration of assessment and discussions will cover the pressures or constraints that exams place on students.

Professional Resilience

This module will explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful self-development.

Psychology of Learning and Teaching

This module explores the psychology, or the internal processes, of both the teacher and student perspective during musical learning. You will develop a general understanding of the historical framework of learning theories and social frameworks with psychology.

Second Study

This particular programme includes a flexible second study option, which can be chosen in order to enhance your skillset in a bespoke way.

Self-Employment, Employment and Visualising Success

This module explores the local and national marketplace and will introduce you to a number of different models of successful positioning within it. A successful career as a music professional needs to be informed, alongside musical and communication skills, by an understanding of the nature of self employment in business. This module will seek to develop this, and to encourage a confident approach to the world beyond university, enabling a tailored financial and business planning which encourages an awareness of local markets and circumstances.

The Baroque

You will explore a broad range of musical genres, ideas, styles and constructional devices from the birth of opera in 1600, through the rapid development of concerti grossi, the mass and the oraotorio, to the seminal theoretical and compositional writings of Jean-Phillippe Rameau.

Club Music

Examine how music is used in clubs, the motivations of clubbers themselves, and the development of the role of the DJ. You will consider the way technology has shaped the experience of club music, and how legal and marketing issues have shaped its consumption. You are encouraged to explore the influence of club culture on mainstream commercial music, and the significance of symbols associated with a variety of club cultures and subcultures.

Communicating Music Through Movement & Gesture

This module explores the opportunities that exist for enhanced communication within the formal performance context, using the performer’s own physical projection of self and personal narrative of intention. Work will also be developed in a broader context, allowing a deeper understanding of the semiotics of movement – the kinesic variables which impact upon the viewer – and the generic codes which attach to the music they play.

Ensemble

You will produce a professional standard performance, demonstrating confidence within your chosen repertoire(s) and technical and expressive maturity. You will need an appropriate balance in programming and the ability to lean towards either a supporting or leadership role and develop your skills in hosting events and presenting the work to others.

First Study

You will work on your technical development and expressive facility in performance in a bespoke way with regular one to one tuition. We pride ourselves in helping you to form an excellent working relationship with your one to one tutor, which will enable you to identify areas for development, understand your specialist discipline with mindful awareness.

Group Teaching

You will engage in workshop activities to explore the potential of strategies and material that could be used in a range of teaching contexts. You will reflect on relationships between this activity and your practical workshop experience and complete practical experience with a musical group/class/ensemble at the university, a school, or a performance centre where you will observe the methods, manner, and style of the teacher and then design a piece for that group.

Introduction to Fundraising in the Arts

The module will consider the third-sector in relation to the other two sectors, the legal structures for non-profit organisations and regional variations in regulation, alongside the charity model in at least one other country.

Masterclass

This module continues to develop your performance and communication skills and your sense of performance context. You will develop your repertoire, your understanding of style and your skill in preparing for audition or performance.

Musical Event

You will focus on one or more major performance projects which will involve opportunities to work creatively with a variety of ensembles and collaborations, including those which cross arts disciplines. Connections will be made with current projects in other institutions and at performance venues outside the university.

One to One Teaching

This module introduces a range of techniques in structuring lessons, communicating expressive and performance based concepts and problem solving designed to create an exciting and stimulating learning experience for individual singers, dancers and actors embarking on the early stages of study. You will set your own goals in teaching and develop skills in analysing and measuring the outcomes of lessons, using this information to inform planning for effective teaching practices.

Opera

This module takes a chronological approach to the study of the genre, beginning with the early Baroque and offering examples of differing musical styles up until the first half of the 20th century, with a particular focus on the late 18th to mid 19th centuries. the relationship between narrative and the musical expression of dramatic tension will be explored, and lectures will make connexions between the function of musical structure and form within individual works and the development of character and plot.

Professional Resilience

This module will explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful self-development.

Romanticism

This module will develop your confident and probing analytical style with a close exploration of compositional intention, particularly where this is allied to programmatic or narrative elements in the models you study.

Structures and Politics of Rock Music

You will examine a broad range of contemporary musical texts to develop a broad definition of rock culture and use an in-depth study of a selection of significant artists and groups to provide insights into a range of stylistic and structural devices employed by rock musicians. You will learn to demonstrate the political space inhabited by their music and complete creative tasks in song-writing and collaborative composition and improvisation.

Year Four

During your fourth year you will continue your studies with:

  • First Study
  • Ensemble
  • Second Study
  • Personal Study
  • Masterclasses
  • Repertoire for Young Performers
  • International Experience
  • Teaching Experience

Facilities

Use industry standard spaces and equipment

Hear from our students

Jess Bhatty-Garcia

-2015 Graduate went on to enrol on a PGCE course, and is now Head of Music and a class teacher in her school.
"The teaching modules were by far my favourite modules; the lectures were engaging, interactive and motivating. Laura Ritchie was never afraid to go off on a tangent if it was relevant to a question we asked, which is a trait that was unique and helped us learn. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in becoming a teacher, Laura has a lifetime's worth of interesting stories and experience that she has openly shared with us all."

Rob Murray

2007 Graduate, Rob is now Director of Music Academy of Schools, a programme serving the Birmingham area 
"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."

Matthew Clarke

2014 Graduate, private teacher, performer
"The combination of informative lectures and seminars from superb staff with the practical placements made this course a thoroughly enjoyable and enhancing learning experience. It has certainly helped me in my current private teaching practice since graduating."

Brady Lloyd

BMus Instrumental Teaching: Brady went on to run his own private teaching studio and to perform as a Concert Pianist on Cruise Ships.
"The opportunity to go to America in your last year of the IVT course is fantastic and exciting as you put the skills you have learnt into a real-life situation, whilst gaining vital hands-on experience in your field of teaching within another country. The module itself is completely open to your personal preference, so you are able to do anything from running musical workshops in local schools to giving presentations in colleges and alongside all those possibilities, you'll also get your own free time to do as you please, whether it's seeing some of the best live music in the town or even recording your own music in a professional studio."

Lecturers

Learn from experienced performers, musicians and tutors

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly qualified tutors alongside a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

As well as supporting student development and the student experience our staff are active, practicing professional musicians and researchers who regularly perform and record. We have around 140 professional tutors who visit campus regularly throughout the semester to deliver our practical and contextual modules. You will be supported by your one-to-one tutor and your module tutors, as well as your Academic Advisor.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BMus Instrumental Teaching degree will prepare you for a range of careers after you graduate. You will have the opportunity to complete work placements during your degree and graduate ready to have an impact on the workplace. You can also take part in our student and graduate internship scheme to hone your skills and prepare for your career.

Past graduates have progressed into a range of roles, including:

  • Director of Music
  • Instrumental or vocal peripatetic teachers
  • Private instrumental or vocal teacher
  • Head of Music
  • Teaching assistant
  • Drama/dance teacher
  • Dance teacher
  • Professional performer
  • Chamber music/band members
  • Choir / Orchestra leader / conductor

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Music Performance
  • MA Music Teaching
  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary Music
  • PhD/MPhil

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,240

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Scholarships may be available for selected instruments; please enquire with the Head of Music.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-120
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
BTEC
MMM
IB
26 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

Auditions

You will need to demonstrate your ability in an instrument or voice performance, display musical awareness and showcase your skills during your performance audition. If you have a high level of performance skills you may be considered for a lower academic offer.

Interviews and Auditions

Auditions and interviews usually run from December until March.

We aim to offer you a genuine dialogue during your application process. This gives you a sense of worth and achievement from the audition process itself; a sense of ownership for you during the process and, ultimately, is an opportunity for us to get a clear understanding of who you are, what you need, and how we can best prepare you for  your degree.

We judge you on your skills, your potential, and your personality, not your background.

Booking Your Audition

If you are invited to audition you will receive an email asking you to book your audition date on ChiView. If you are unsuccessful we will email you to let you know. 

You can usually choose between two or three different days on ChiView at one time. Once these dates are close ChiView will refresh to show new options. If none of the current dates suit you then you should wait until the dates renew and check again. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

Once you have booked your audition you will have access to the relevant documents on ChiView. 

Log in to the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to view, download, or print documents telling you how to prepare for your audition and what to expect on the day.

If your situation changes and you can no longer attend your interview date you should cancel your booking in ChiView by visiting your ‘Event Schedule’ and clicking ‘Cancel Attendance’. You also need to inform the admissions team by emailing admissions@chi.ac.uk so we can send you a new audition invitation.

Using ChiView 

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone you will not be able to see the page correctly. If this happens you should try again on another device.

You may need to clear your browser history. 

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails please email admissions@chi.ac.uk with your query and applicant number.

Your Audition Day

You will need to prepare a three minute piece, in any style, but if you’d like to perform something slightly longer or to perform on more than one instrument, or on an instrument and as a singer, just let us know on the day. Composers can opt to bring a recording of some of their work, with a score if there is one, and play this instead if they prefer.

You can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket but please note that the demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, there are specific parking controls and restrictions to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both campuses. 

After Your Audition

After your audition the panel will discuss your application and pass our decision onto the admissions team who will update UCAS.

  • We make bespoke offers: Your offer is specifically for you. If we offer less than your predicted grades, this will reflect the potential and quality of your audition and we’d like to take a bit of pressure off of you heading into your exams.
  • We don’t do unconditional offers: Unless you already have your grades (you are a mature student), we will always insist on certain grade achievements because we want you to succeed in all aspects of your academic life including your A levels, BTEC, etc.
  • If you do not get the grades you wanted: Don’t panic. You received an offer because you were good enough for the department at audition. Ring us on the clearing hotline so we can discuss things with you.
  • We may offer you a different course: We may offer you a place on a course within the department that is different to the one you applied for. If this is the case we will speak to you about this at your audition or shortly afterwards. We will explain our reasoning, which will revolve around placing you on the most appropriate course where we think you will thrive.

Charlie

BMus (Hons) Music Performance
“I remember sitting in a music A level lesson when I received my email offering me an audition to study BMus (Hons) Music Performance at the University of Chichester. I was immediately terrified of having to choose a piece to perform and to then perform it in front of tutors and other applicants. In the end I needn’t have worried at all, the audition experience was extremely enjoyable and relaxed. I had the best time meeting other prospective students, some of whom became course mates and one even a future housemate! Meeting the Head of Music, Ben Hall, was invaluable as it meant that any questions that I had about the course could be answered. He even gave us a tour of the Chichester campus and the music block which helped put us all at ease before we performed to each other.”

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