As a second year undergraduate (BMus), you will take a Community Engagement module in which you will learn about the wide range of music activities taking place in community and educational settings. You will also practise workshop presentation skills.
‘A very valuable module. Confidence building and providing the basis for developing skills that can be sold for real money in the real world.’
In the third year, you'll take Pedagogy classes to help you develop as a teacher in your first-study area (i.e. your performance specialism). Topics covered include those specific to the first-study area, as well as those relevant to prospective teachers from all disciplines.
During this module, there will be talks from Services for Education Music Service and students will have the opportunity to apply for a music service placement during which they will shadow and assist in the delivery of Whole Class Instrumental Teaching or play alongside and mentor young musicians in ensembles.
You can even take a Pedagogy Specialism alongside the Pedagogy module and gain credits for learning on the job, for example by being a Mentor at the Junior Conservatoire.
‘A very useful and beneficial course. I feel it has put me in a stronger position to approach teaching.’
As you move into the final year of your BMus course, you can opt to take a Further Pedagogy module. This module combines on-site lectures and workshops with lesson observation opportunities in conjunction with Services for Education Music Service and other local arts organisations.
Another option in Year 4 is Further Community Engagement. This option helps you to develop leadership and presentation skills and confidence to deliver workshops and interactive performances in the community. You will observe and be mentored by professional musicians working in hospital wards, care homes, special schools and early years environments and will gradually expand your ‘toolkit’ of appropriate activities and repertoire.
‘Fantastic hands on approach. Training day and shadowing was brilliant. I feel I am more prepared for a portfolio career’.