Welcome to Music Education
If you share a passion for music and understand the transformative power of music education, then the BA Hons Music Education here at University Centre Colchester is the programme for you. We have a great team of lecturers who are all highly experienced in both creative music and creative music education. This course is for students looking to develop a musical career with a clear focus on teaching, and with our high levels of knowledge and skills, we can help you realise your career ambitions.
This is an exciting course that combines training in music and performance with current professional practice in music education. In addition to being a strong introduction to the vibrant UK music industry, the course is an ideal preparation for the part of a musician’s career that will involve the creativity and stability of teaching music at any level.
The BA (Hons) Music Education programme has a unique design that examines education in both the private and public sectors. Modules in 1-1 teaching, workshop skills and leadership are delivered alongside modules in classroom teaching, educational theory and practice. A foundation of core musical and creative skills is developed in the first two years of study, whilst in the third year of the programme students have the opportunity to follow their own musical or educational interests by realising a substantial project.
1-1 lessons instrumental/vocal lessons allow students to develop their performance skills whilst the experience gained through self-study of an unfamiliar instrument encourages a greater awareness of the needs of those new to musical study. Students participate in ensembles by playing, writing and conducting.
A range of musical styles are examined from the classical, world, jazz and pop traditions; this develops deeper analytical skills along with a broad musical outlook. Musical techniques are then applied creatively in composition and arranging. As students progress through the course they are required to observe and reflect on different approaches to music teaching. This prepares the ground for experience gained in a school placement and in the delivery of 1-1 lessons and a workshop.
A substantial negotiated project in year 3 allows students to pursue their own particular interests by undertaking an in-depth and detailed study.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
96 UCAS points* (normally 2 or more A Levels including Music or Music Technology, or BTEC Extended Diploma in Music). An appropriate level of practical instrumental or vocal performance skill. (It is not a prerequisite for entry to have passed a graded examination in instrumental or vocal performance but a standard equivalent to grade seven will be expected).
A satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be required for the second year of the course.
*2017-18 UCAS Tariff
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
What our Graduates do
Graduates can develop self-employment opportunities in music education that include 1-1 instrumental/vocal tuition, workshop delivery and leadership. Graduates may also progress to postgraduate study at MA level and higher, or to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for those wishing to pursue a career in classroom teaching.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
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