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Develop as a private music teacher and take your lessons to the next level with specific research and practical techniques

You can choose to study this course via distance learning.

1 year Full Time, 2 years Part Time
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)

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If you already teach private music lessons this MA Music Teaching course will help you improve your teaching and take the next step in your career. You will reflect on your experiences and hone your research skills as you delve deeper into aspects of teaching techniques, repertoire and ways to apply these to your own teaching practice.

You can choose to study this MA online.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

This course requires a fluent level of technical and expressive skill. You will attend weekly individual tuition in your instrument or voice, weekly group skills development sessions, masterclasses at Chichester and other institutions, ensemble training, and a consultation with an external specialist each semester. The support you receive from University lecturers is complemented by invaluable exposure to other professional views and experience of different institutions throughout your studies. 

Ben Lathbury

Ben Lathbury went on to perform as a recitalist, take on a post as Head of Music at a secondary school, and to conduct choirs and orchestras.
"What I particularly loved about doing my MA at Chichester was the diversity afforded to the word ‘performance'. Rather than just focusing totally on playing my instrument, it gave me the opportunity to explore other avenues of performance, some of which have been integral to the progression of my career. The faculty are champions of asking the questions you need in order to help your projects move in the direction you want them to and the department facilities are superb."

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.


You will work to develop a personal repertoire of teaching strategies and producing a high standard in within that written exploration, demonstrating technical and expressive maturity, as well as an understanding of communication and processes in the teaching context.

Lecture Recital

You will identify an appropriate professional performance context and demonstrate the particular strategies it demands of the player, singer or conductor. You are encouraged to identify your own practice with the work of individual artists who are active in a relevant field.

Portfolio Experience

In this module, you will explore a range of community and professional performance contexts and the varied strategies that these demand of the player, singer or conductor, using the module criteria to evaluate observed approaches to programming and repertoire. Case studies of current performance practice will be introduced by tutors, and as the module progresses you will be encouraged to identify your own practice with the work of individual artists active in a relevant field.

Repertoire Exercise

You will select an area of your own repertoire to research theoretically and in terms of its broader context, presenting results either in written form or as a linked sequence of performance recordings.

Written Exercise (Performance Practice)

This module builds on the previous module and is an opportunity to reflect on the specialist practice that exists within your own discipline. You will examine individual elements of performance as well as more innovative performance techniques, which must be translated into discrete terms for the instrument or voice.


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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.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
International fee

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

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

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


Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

Honours degree
2:2 or higher
in a related discipline.
Teaching experience
will be discussed in your interview.
with no element lower than 5.5.


You will need to interview for this course.


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