BA (Hons) Music for Performance and Teaching

Welcome to Music for Performance and Teaching

Musicians studying on the BA (Hons) Music for Performance and Teaching benefit from a combined focus on performance and instrumental/vocal teaching. The two disciplines complement each other well: a high level of performance skills develops the musical understanding needed for effective teaching; the aural, analytical and reflective skills needed for music education cultivate a deeper understanding of musical self-development.

Creativity and innovation are cornerstones of the flourishing creative and cultural economy. Employment led curriculum provides our students with the capacity to be adaptive and reflective practitioners. Our students demonstrate the breadth of creative talent and versatility possible within the creative arts, as seen in the outstanding performances at local venues such as the Mercury Theatre, Headgate Theatre, in the London West End, and the Brighton Fringe Festival. We work closely with local schools, Essex Music Services, Creative Colchester, Film Suffolk, and the Dance Network Association to enable students to engage with a broader arts network.

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Both areas are supported by modules in analysis, contextual studies and musicianship. Music technology also has a key role in ensuring that students can record and distribute their creative work in the digital domain. These skills are later used in the development of an online presence as a musician and/or music teacher. Music business is core to the programme so that students develop the skills needed to work in the music industry and in education, and to purse their career interests on either a freelance of employed basis.

A major project in the final stage of the BA (Hons) Music for Performance and Teaching programme provides an opportunity for in-depth study of particular personal interest. Flexibility is built in to allow for a variety of approaches that ranging from traditional academic research in written form, presentations or websites, to creative work resulting from practice-based research.

Our facilities include a suite of Macs running Logic and Sibelius, with extensive East West sound libraries and two main recording studios. We have a concert hall and many bookable practice rooms for bands and orchestral ensembles.

Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provide flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Most full-time students will 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.

Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Year One (Level 4) Year Two (Level 5) Year Three (Level 6) Single Modules Module Schedule Structure Pre 2019 Course Information: Ba (Hons) Music Education

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).

Entry is normally by audition/interview which will include instrumental or vocal performance and consideration of previous musical experience. Applicants are advised to bring a portfolio of evidence that could include recordings, compositions or academic work.

For mature applicants with non-standard academic qualifications, Admission Tutors will assess the applicant’s ability to succeed on the course, taking into account their past experience in relevant areas.

A satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be required for the second year of the course.

*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2020.

International applicants

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.

Additional requirements for International Students:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

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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BA (Hons) Music for Performance and Teaching - Full-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration3 Years
UCAS Code4A58
Academic Year2020-2021
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)2019-20: £8,250 per yearLower Tuition Fees
Awarding/Validation BodyUniversity of East Anglia
BA (Hons) Music for Performance and Teaching - Part-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration4 Years
Course CodeZE2BAMEP01
Academic Year2020-2021
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)2020-21: TBCLower Tuition Fees
Awarding/Validation BodyUniversity of East Anglia
Year One (Level 4)

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (20 CREDITS)

What’s it about?

This module will develop production skills in a studio and mixing environment. A central part of the students experience is to explore traditional and modern recording/production techniques, and to develop an understanding of the requirements to complete a finished recording through appropriate terminology and practical application of theoretical principles.

What do I learn?

You will develop skills in recording, production, mixing and mastering through lectures, workshops and in-class tasks.

What’s the assignment?

You will submit a portfolio of 2 original or creative covers, each between 6-8 minutes long. One will be created using mostly sequenced material with some acoustic sources the other will be predominantly made by recording acoustic sources.

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CREATING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES (20 CREDITS) 

What’s it about?

The purpose of the module is to enable students to maximise their chances in finding employment in the music industry, or related occupations.

What do I learn?

You will identify and define different types of work and employment and think more holistically about the diverse, and ever changing, job market.

What’s the assignment?

You will prepare a 20-minute presentation about potential employment opportunities for your future career.

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DEVELOPING MUSICIANSHIP (20 CREDITS)

What’s it about?

This module is designed to develop a broad base of practical, aural and written skills to support related musical studies.

What do I learn?

You will develop your knowledge of musical vocabulary along with the techniques necessary to respond to, communicate and manipulate musical ideas in a variety of written and practical contexts.

In addition, you will take part in and contribute to performance workshops as part of the programme’s enrichment provision.

What’s the assignment?

You will create a number of short compositions for a variety of contexts and compositional structures and complete a practical assessment of aural transcription tasks based on harmonic progressions and single line melodies.

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STUDIO SESSIONS (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module will develop skills in performance and/or production in a studio environment.

What do I learn?

You will work collaboratively, developing skills in musicianship, stylistic awareness, responding to creative ideas and studio protocol and explore the numerous challenges a session musician and/or producer incurs in the production process, developing an understanding of the requirements to complete a finished recording through appropriate terminology and practical application of theoretical principles.

What’s the assignment?

You will contribute as a performer or a producer for a portfolio of recording sessions totalling 10-12 minutes of music with a supporting evaluation of your role.

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PRINCIPAL STUDY 1 (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This content of this module will develop a broad range of musical skills in support of performance and composition.

As well as classroom delivery, performers and composers will benefit from personalised support through 1-1 lessons. In addition, performers are expected to take part in and contribute to performance workshops as part of the programme’s enrichment provision.

What do I learn?

You will engage with and evaluate a variety of approaches to advancing your understanding of core musical materials and techniques. A detailed examination of the interrelationships of aural ability, technique and creativity will lead to an enhanced personal process of practical development.

What’s the assignment?

You will prepare a portfolio of compositions.

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MUSICAL PERSPECTIVES (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module offers students the opportunity to study and analyse a variety of pieces through musical history.  It will consider stylistic developments, aural analysis and understanding genres.  This module is designed to include a range of musical styles, initially by investigating historical contexts.

 What do I learn?

You will also develop and apply analytical techniques, leading to the creation of compositional models. These models then form the basis of their own compositions whilst an on-going process of self-evaluation will allow students to develop a clearer understanding of your own musical development.

What’s the assignment?

You will accumulate a listening diary of historical repertoire with analysis and a portfolio of compositions.

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Year Two (Level 5)

ONE-TO-ONE TEACHING (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module will work within a practical context to develop an understanding of educational concepts This is a highly focussed vocational module providing a strong foundation for understanding the requirements of professional instrumental and vocal teaching.

What do I learn?

You will develop their own materials, and learn to present clearly and confidently in an educational context. Both communication and practical understanding will be important aspects of lesson design and delivery.

What’s the assignment?

You will deliver a 15 minute 1-1 lesson and give a 10-12 minute presentation on the topic.

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PRINCIPAL STUDY 2 (PERFORMANCE) (20 CREDITS)

What’s it about?

This module builds on the performance elements of Principal Study 1 through a deeper understanding of the materials of music along with further development of musical awareness, technique, communication skills and programme design. The experiences gained through complementary workshops will facilitate improvements in confidence and professionalism.

What do I learn?

You will develop your musicianship through a variety of practical activities designed to enhance aural perception, understanding, imagination and technique. By progressing these core skills you will be better able to demonstrate their understanding of style and their ability to interpret music in performance contexts. You will additionally undertake individual instrumental/vocal tuition to focus on individual needs and to encourage a more personal interpretative approach.

What’s the assignment?

You will give a 15-20 minute performance evidencing achievement in style and interpretation, technique, programme design, communication and professionalism on stage, with a graded report from the tutor based on module engagement in workshops.

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CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module will address the impact of technology on music education through an examination of current practices in live sound, recording (pre and post production) and an introduction to online technologies for recorded music.

What do I learn?

You will learn the principles of analogue and digital audio, sample manipulation and sequencing to establish a secure understanding of the principles and application of the recording process and live sound reinforcement through a combination of musical and technical expertise.

What’s the assignment?

You will create a portfolio of two mixed and mastered recordings and undertake a live sound practical assessment with a band.

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module will develop self-evaluation skills in relation to potential career opportunities. Of central importance to this process is the students’ experience in identifying constraints on the practitioner working within music and/or music education sector, along with creating a viable and realistic action plan for overcoming challenges and managing ongoing personal development.

What do I learn?

You will work independently developing identifying musical, educational and transferable skills, as well as constraints on the practitioner working within music industry.

What’s the assignment?

You will produce a portfolio of reflective personal career development and a report on financial and legal issues in the music industry.

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SESSION CONDUCTING AND ARRANGING (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module will enable students to acquire the skills to arrange, conduct and rehearse music for small ensembles. By working closely with designated groups, You will gain the technical understanding needed to write effectively for a variety of instruments and voices.

What do I learn?

You will also develop a secure base of conducting and rehearsal techniques.  The module emphasises the importance of clear musical communication both in the arrangements and in rehearsal. Attendance at optional student ensembles, choirs and orchestras is strongly encouraged.

What’s the assignment?

An arrangement for an assigned ensemble, demonstrating idiomatic techniques for a variety of instruments and a practical conducting exam of a short piece with a variety of conducting techniques, demonstrating the ability to rehearse a group of players.

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Year Three (Level 6)

MUSIC LEADERSHIP (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module offers students the opportunity to lead a music workshop in the context of the wider community, and will develop an understanding of the roles that different approaches to learning music will play within particular workshop contexts.

What do I learn?

You will develop the skills needed to deliver practical music workshops to diverse groups, and enhances greater understanding of current teaching methodologies and design effective lessons and provide appropriate supporting materials in the very creative field of music workshop delivery.

What’s the assignment?

You will produce a video of a 25-30 minute workshop with supporting documentation.

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ONLINE TECHNOLOGIES (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

In this module students develop the skills needed to create an online portfolio of promotional materials for performing and teaching. Learning begins with a process of selecting and critically evaluating a range of online resources in order to generate points of reference for the subsequent output.

What do I learn?

You will develop technical skills and confidence with ICT to a high level in order to create an engaging and purposeful portfolio of audio and visual materials.

What’s the assignment?

You will create an online portfolio, presented as a website comprising audio and visual material that is presented well and easy to navigate. It should function as a resource for self-promotion with supporting aims and evaluation.

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PROJECT REALISATION (40 Credits) 

What’s it about?

This module supports the conceptualisation and realisation of a self-directed music related project, demonstrating independent study and research appropriate to level 6.

What do I learn?

Following an agreed proposal, you may choose a traditional approach to qualitative research or may prefer to adopt a practice-based methodology.

What’s the assignment?

To facilitate flexibility in assessment and personal learning preferences, you may also choose to present your report in written, electronic or audio/visual formats, or in a combination of these. Practice-based outputs can include creative musical work.

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PERFORMANCE PROJECT (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module’s focus is on the requirements to plan, market and perform in a public setting. It will provide the opportunity for the acquisition of skills and understanding to equip you for a professional career.

What do I learn?

You will develop your entrepreneurial skills to develop career paths through self-promotion of your performances in a style and venue of your choice.

What’s the assignment?

Portfolio of performances will showcase promotional material as well as performance skills with supporting evidence.

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INTERACTING WITH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY (20 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is designed to understand the foundations of successful employment and self-employment within education or within the wider music industry. It aims to initiate a process of career planning and preparation.

What do I learn?

You will evaluate your professional skills before and after a period of work experience that is relevant to your career aspirations. You will undertake industry research, such as interviews with practitioners, and formulate an action plan for employment or business development.

What’s the assignment?

At least 24 hours of industry work experience will be evidenced in a journal in support of a reflective report.

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Single Modules

The modular structure of the BA (Hons) in Music Education makes it possible to take some individual modules without having to enrol for the full degree programme. A range of modules is available including Performance Studies, Rhythm Workshop, Principles of Teaching and Learning, Creative Music Techniques and Music Leadership. A full list of modules available at levels 4, 5 and 6 can be found below.

Class tuition from staff teaching on the degree course is complemented by personal study.

Entry Requirements
Dependent on previous experience.
Duration
Single Modules will take either 14 or 28 weeks to complete
Attendance
Various. Generally 2-3 hours per week, over 1 and/or 2 semesters
How to apply
Part-time applications are made direct to University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute.
Module Schedule Structure

Structure of 3 years full time, 2 years intensive and 4 years part time:

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Pre 2019 Course Information: Ba (Hons) Music Education

This programme was previously validated by the University of Essex as BA (Hons) Music Education. Students who commenced study on the course prior to September 2019 will complete modules approved by the University of Essex and upon successful completion will be awarded a University of Essex validated degree.

Please find below a list of modules for each year of the BA (Hons) Music Education programme.

Year 1:

PERFORMANCE STUDIES 1 (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

You will be developing your practical musical skills in performance, improvisation and accompaniment. You will also independently undertake a second instrumental or vocal study.

What do I learn?

Through a combination of instrumental / vocal lessons, performance workshops and ensemble activities, you will develop a secure base of technique and artistry in support of musical performance. You will also receive expert guidance in improvisation and accompaniment. By working on a second study instrument or voice, you will also learn how to develop an independent and self-motivated approach to practising and personal musical development.

What’s the assignment?

The above skills are assessed in a 20-minute performance, a short exam on improvisation and accompaniment skills (10 minutes), and in a 15-minute presentation of your development in your chosen second study.

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ARRANGING AND CONDUCTING (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

You will plan a musical work for a small group of musicians and then learn the techniques of conducting needed to rehearse and direct an ensemble.

What do I learn?

You will learn how to arrange music for different ensembles of instruments, including effective writing for a range of instruments. You will also learn how to conduct, including stick technique and the planning and effective management of a rehearsal.

What’s the assignment?

  1. One arrangement for ensemble of either a piano piece, a jazz/pop ‘lead-sheet’, an orchestral score or an unaccompanied folk song (50%).
  2. The conducting of a 12-minute ensemble rehearsal, in which you direct one of two set pieces nominated by the examiner (50%).

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STYLE, ANALYSIS AND COMPOSITION (30 CREDITS)

What’s it about?

This module is designed to address a range of musical styles, initially by investigating historical contexts. Students will also develop and apply analytical techniques, leading to the creation of compositional models. These models then form the basis of their own compositions whilst an on-going process of self-evaluation will allow students to develop a deeper understanding of their own musical development.

What do I learn?

You’ll learn and overview of music history, looking at various composers and scores.  You’ll learn how to analyse and compare two different pieces of music from different music periods.  You will also utilise the techniques studied in order to compose two contrasting pieces, as well as a piece preparing you for working in a school, with a varied ensemble of mixed abilities.

What’s the assignment?

You will write an essay analysing two pieces from different musical periods (3000 words) and compose two pieces.  One piece is a style of your own choice, using the compositional development techniques studied in the musical analysis part of the module.  The other piece also draws on this, but with a set list of instruments and level, in order to prepare you for writing and arranging music for students in schools.

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PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (first semester) (Compulsory) (15 credits)

What’s it about?

The subject of Instrumental Teaching is an important area for study as it is very likely that instrumental/vocal teaching will form part of your employment as a musician. The module develops historic, cultural, and musical themes to encourage a broad-based view of what it means to teach instrumental/vocal music.

What do I learn?

You will study different styles of teaching, and different styles of learner. Great educators of the past, and the philosophies they had will form part of the lectures. You will come to see your instrument/voice in the context of music teaching, in the past, present, and future.

What’s the assignment?

You will do research on the development and teaching of your instrument, and will submit an essay and bibliography showing what you have learned about the history of music teaching in general, and how it affects the teaching of your instrument.

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Rhythm Workshop (15 credits)

What’s it about?

This module is all about core rhythmic skills.

What do I learn?

You will learn a vocabulary of core rhythms and be able to express these on your instrument and on percussion instruments. You will also develop strategies for reading rhythms using standard notation and the means to develop your rhythmic awareness of a lifetime of engagement with music.

What’s the assignment?

This will be a demonstration of rhythmic vocabulary. It sounds simple but a high level of accuracy and interpretation is required.

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Year 2:

MUSIC TEACHING IN PRACTICE (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This is a lively, practical-based module and is all about putting theory into practice, following on from the Principles of Learning and Teaching module.

What do I learn?

You will be creating and delivering your own practical activities in workshop settings. This could be aimed at students in primary, secondary, or in informal learning contexts. Observations will enable you to acquire skills in using an appropriate language with learners and in managing activities.

What’s the assignment?

There are two pieces to submit. One is a Personal Development Plan (equivalent to 2,000 words) arising from your work as a music educator, the other a report (4,000 words) which includes an essay.

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MUSIC TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSIC TEACHING (30 CREDITS)

What’s it about?

This module provides the skills and expertise for you to provide technology support in an educational environment through devising on-line music materials, undertaking multitrack and stereo recordings and providing sound reinforcement for live performances.

What do I learn?

You will learn to produce recorded music by analysing and applying theoretical principles of multitrack and stereo recordings, build websites and understand digital file formats. You will learn signal flow of a live band set-up including connections, front of house mixing and fold back monitoring in order to be secure in supporting many aspects of music performance in education.

What’s the assignment?

There are three elements to submit: One is a website with an analysis of digital file formats, the second is to provide live sound for performances, and the third is to submit multitrack and stereo recordings.

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CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNIQUES (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module explores one of the most effective methods of developing new skills in composition: by first understanding how other composers have created works in the past, and by later applying those techniques yourself.

What do I learn?

You will learn how to better express your creative compositional ideas through an improved understanding of how musicians compose, and then through the development of new techniques that you will be using in your own creative work.

What’s the assignment?

The module is assessed in two parts: 1) a listening diary showing musical research and analysis plus two short compositional sketches 2) two contrasting compositions to a given brief (6-8 minutes in total).

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PERFORMANCE STUDIES 2 (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

Building on the Performance Studies 1 module, you will be developing your practical musical skills in performance, improvisation, and accompaniment. You will also independently undertake a second instrumental or vocal study, either as a follow on from your work in Performance Studies 1, or by starting a completely new instrument.

What do I learn?

Through a combination of instrumental / vocal lessons, performance workshops, and ensemble activities, you will develop an enhanced technique and musicianship in support of musical performance. You will continue to receive expert guidance in improvisation and accompaniment. By continuing to work on a second study instrument or voice, you will also learn how to refine an independent and self-motivated approach to practising and personal musical development.

What’s the assignment?

The above skills are assessed in a 20-minute performance, a short exam on improvisation and accompaniment skills (10 minutes), and in a 15-minute presentation of your development in your chosen second study.

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Year 3:

CAREERS IN MUSIC (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

You will research different careers in music, before deciding on your own career specialism either within music education or in music more generally. Lectures include a wide range of specialisms, with contributions from visiting lecturers who are experts in their field.

What do I learn?

You will learn strategies to help you evaluate your own career skills, how to research your own specialist career path, and how to develop a career development plan.

What’s the assignment?

This module is assessed by a 3,000-word portfolio.

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MUSIC AND ASSESSMENT (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

You will investigate different styles of musical assessment – formal and informal – in both one-to-one and group situations. You will devise assessments of your own, trialling them and presenting your findings.

What do I learn?

You will look at the difference between formative (ongoing) and summative (final) assessments in various educational contexts.  There is scope for linking this module with the Curriculum Design and Planning module and with the Education Placement module, for instance by using groups in your Placement school to trial your own assessments, if desired.

What’s the assignment?

Having tested your ideas for assessment, you will prepare a 20-minute presentation to explain your findings.

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PROJECT REALISATION (30 Credits) 

What’s it about?

This module provides the opportunity to undertake a detailed study of an aspect of music or music education that you are especially interested in. In essence it is a research module but the work does not have to be all academic as the flexibility of the module also allows for practical work such as performance.

What do I learn?

You will learn how to put together a project or research proposal and how to plan and manage independent study and research.

What’s the assignment?

You will have to provide a proposal (1,000 words) but the main output can be in written form (4,000 words), or as a presentation, illustrated lecture, pre-recorded video, or lecture recital (30 minutes). Once the project is complete, you will reflect on the whole process in a 15-minute oral exam.

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PERFORMANCE PROJECT (Optional) (15 CREDITS)

What’s it about?

Today’s performers need to be multi-skilled practitioners. You’ll be planning, delivering and promoting your own performance. The module is about gaining a range of important skills to help you promote your creative work.

What do I learn?

Lots of specific and transferable skills. These include project management, preparing your performance, promotion and analysis.

What’s the assignment?

You will be submitting a DVD of your performance, complete with a critical evaluation (1,500 words).

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EDUCATION PLACEMENT (Optional(15 CREDITS)

What’s it about?

Following on from the Curriculum Design and Planning module, you will head off to a classroom and work with students.

What do I learn?

You will have planned lessons and mapped out activities, but assisting and observing groups of learners will give you first-hand experience of how people learn, and how you can adapt your teaching to meet the needs of students. It’s all about focus, flexibility and team work.

What’s the assignment?

You will be writing up your experiences in a 3,000-word reflective report/portfolio.

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CURRICULUM DESIGN AND PLANNING (15 CREDITS)

What’s it about?

You will be learning how to plan and structure a scheme of work. This could be aimed at students in primary, secondary or tertiary education, and covers musical activities and teaching skills, such as classroom management and differentiation.

What do I learn?

You will be thinking about how to build a progressive curriculum, about using current practice in music teaching, and about drawing on national policy documents. Putting these three elements together will enable you to be confident about working as a musical expert in the classroom.

What’s the assignment?

There are two things to submit. One is a scheme of work with lesson plans, the other a short report on current practices in music education (1,500 words.)

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Music Leadership (30 credits)

What’s it about?

You will combine your skills in performance and education in the development of new skills in leading music workshops and 1-1 instrumental / vocal teaching.

What do I learn?

You will learn how to plan and deliver practical music lessons for groups and individuals. The emphasis is on keeping musical activities at the forefront of the lesson through a range of engaging teaching and learning strategies.

What’s the assignment?

You will need to plan and lead a music workshop and later to plan and deliver 1-1 music lessons.

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