Welcome to the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Instrumental Teaching at University Centre Colchester.
Being a successful musical teacher means being multi-skilled, focused and entrepreneurial. Imagination and innovation form the foundation of the world’s booming creative economies. With your future employability as a versatile and highly-skilled musician at the core of what we do, we will help hone your skills and encourage you to become an adaptive and reflective practitioner, developing your teaching skills.
You have chosen this programme because of the skills and interests you have developed before starting a degree-level course, and because the course content will develop you as a future practitioner in your field.
This is an exciting course that combines training in music teaching pedagogy and performance analysis. We have a great team of lecturers who are all highly experienced in both music performance and creative music education. This course is for students looking to develop further their musical teaching career. With our high levels of knowledge and skills, we can help you realise your career ambitions.
You are a dedicated and passionate music player, with a keen interest in not just furthering your own study, but also the education of others. Your focus on gaining a postgraduate qualification is based on wanting to combine your existing expertise with advanced instrument-specific knowledge and academic skills.
“Music is enough for a whole lifetime – but a lifetime is not enough for music”
Virtuoso pianist and composer,
The Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate courses in Instrumental Teaching both focus on piano pedagogy, as you learn more about various teaching styles, as well as developing your own research skills and expanding your understanding. Your practice may later include private teaching, or working in music services, primary and secondary schools, or with independent music providers.
The content of this online course will aim to equip you with crucial study and research skills, as well as an analytical understanding of the processes behind instrumental teaching. Validated by University of East Anglia, this course seeks to promote reflective practice in the teaching of performance skills, which you can apply equally to both your own personal development and to your potential students.
Available to both domestic and international students, you will greatly benefit from the in-depth expertise of University Centre Colchester’s music professionals, who have extensive experience in the field of instrumental teaching. This course is especially ideal for international students who may wish to gain a better understanding of Western music and how it is taught.
You will benefit from the expertise of University Centre Colchester’s music professionals, who have extensive experience in the field of instrumental teaching. Additionally, you will have access to the necessary musical equipment needed to develop your skills in the area of instrumental teaching.
“I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.”
Jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson
*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2021.
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:
Upon completion of the course, you will be equipped as a professional individual music teacher. This will then allow you to pursue a career as a piano teacher across a variety of schools and organisations, or as an independent tutor offering one-to-one music tuition. You may also wish to progress your studies into a MA with a dissertation, which can have a pedagogical, performance practical or historical topic that is relevant to your instrument.
Formative and summative feedback
Tutor feedback about your work falls into two distinct categories. The first is regular, ongoing feedback that is part of the teaching process. Your lecturers will invite contributions to the taught sessions by asking you questions, or seeking group feedback from the webinar classes, which in turn leads to a tutor’s response to your comments or contributions. This in turn will lead to a tutor’s response to your comments and contributions. It is called formative feedback because of the immediate, and non-assessed, nature of an exchange of views, which nevertheless contributes to your studies.
The second type of feedback you receive is called summative feedback. It is usually associated with marks given to formally submitted piece of course work. Summative marks are used determine the grade you receive for a module.
However, it’s worth remembering that a number of summative assessments will still have a formative effect on your development, because each piece of work you complete contributes to your overall achievements as a student.
In addition to formative feedback in class and summative assessments about your course work, you will also receive two online individual academic tutorials per module per semester, which also support your development.
All tutors, administrative and technical staff communicate with you via your colchester.ac email account. It is your responsibility to ensure the account is working, and that you check emails regularly.
University Centre Colchester will not accept any liability arising as a result of students not maintaining, or checking, their colchester.ac email account.
Written feedback to course work will be uploaded on Moodle within the time scale specified.
Students are expected to communicate with tutors, administrators and technical staff via their colchester.ac email accounts.
Email etiquette is an important element of working together. Please note that some staff may not be available every weekday. The colchester.ac email signatures are likely to indicate on which days your tutors are available.
You will need to consider costs of scores and sheet music for analysis as well as teaching pedagogy literature for research. Although recommend core reading as identified in the module guides will be predominantly based on online resources, we recognize that students may wish to purchase selected core book and score resources for their own use.
All Fees and prices shown on the website are for courses starting in the 2018-19 or 2019-20 academic year and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.
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