Pedagogy and Community

We are proud of the instrumental teacher and music leader education we offer at RBC. We strive to ensure that our graduates are equipped to engage, inspire and support music making in children, young people and adults in diverse communities and contexts. As such, our Alumni enjoy fulfilling portfolio careers.

Students are offered numerous opportunities to develop their teaching and workshop leadership skills beyond the lecture room through credit-bearing placements, volunteering schemes, engagement with external organisations, and through our Learning and Participation Department.

Our courses


We offer modules in community engagement and/or pedagogy across our BMus and BMus Jazz courses.



We also supervise research projects in pedagogy at all levels, including taught postgraduate and doctoral study.



Find out more about the audition process and requirements for the department.

Tutorial staff

We have a variety of tutors who provide specialist teaching and advice within the Pedagogy and Community department at RBC.

Our tutors

Our alumni

Discover our graduates of RBC and find out what projects they have been involved in since completing their studies.

Our alumni

Our partners

As a pedagogy student at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, you'll directly benefit from the many strong partnerships we've built up with performance, arts and educational institutions.

Our partners

Staff spotlight

Dr Adam Whittaker is Head of Pedagogy and a Lecturer in Music at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, having previously worked as a Research Fellow in BCU’s CSPACE, and at the University of Nottingham.

Adam is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is an internationally recognised scholar in musicology and music education.


We supervise research at all levels, including up to doctoral level. RBC has a vibrant research community, including a number of staff and doctoral students working on projects related to music education. We are also proud to form part of the Birmingham Music Education Research Group, a collective of academic colleagues and research students who regularly host seminar events and networking opportunities.

Explore our research

Music courses

We offer a wide range of music performance degree courses and programmes at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire at undergraduate, postgraduate and short course level.

Music courses

Open days

When possible, the best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person, and we host a number of Open Days throughout the year. Come and be taught by our trailblazing academics and study in our innovative facilities.

Open Days


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s £57 million teaching and performance facility offers unrivalled opportunities for our students.

Our facilities