Music students rehearsing together

MA Music Teaching 

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

1 year Full Time, 2 years Part Time
Bishop Otter Campus


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.

Lecture Recital (Music Teaching)

You will enhance your perception of performance as communication. You are encouraged to explore an individual voice in the production of an original and engaging lecture recital presentation.

Portfolio Experience (Music Teaching)

Develop an understanding of the close relationship between musical performance and extramusical communication skills, reviewing and analysing the work of a range of artists and practitioners relevant to your area of interest.

Performance Practice

Reflect on the specialist practice that exists within your own discipline and examine the raft of individual elements reflected in tessitura, articulation and dynamics, as well as more innovative techniques of performance and teaching.

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.

Dissertation (Music Teaching)

You will complete the course with a 14,000 word written dissertation.


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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 2022/23

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 receive a 15% tuition fee discount.


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.


Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to our postgraduate application form.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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