Pedagogy postgraduate letterbox Develop skills as a teacher or community musician by taking one of more of the following Professional Development options at postgraduate level.

Teaching Matters

  • A 10-hour lesson observation placement with Services for Education Music Service including the opportunity to do some unassessed teaching and receive feedback from a professional mentor
  • Five hours of observation in additional educational contexts
  • Weekly lectures and workshops covering a comprehensive range of issues in instrumental/vocal teaching to include first lessons, motivation, practice, notation, sight-reading, technology, creativity and aural-based approaches, group teaching, planning and assessment, special needs, learning styles, performance preparation, teacher-pupil-parent relationships, business matters and safeguarding.

Pedagogy postgraduate sideMusic, Community and Wellbeing

(available on PgDip, MMus and MA Musicology)

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 environments such as hospital wards, care homes, special schools and early years settings and through reflection, you will gather and further develop a range of flexible strategies to enable you to select and deliver appropriate activities and repertoire in situ. 

Work Placement (PgDip/MMus) and Professional Placement (MMus Year 2/part-time Year 3 students)

These optional modules offer the opportunity for you to either apply for one of our established placement opportunities during which you will gain practical experience in an educational or community context, or to devise your own. Examples of established placements which run in conjunction with the Pedagogy Department include:

  • a teaching placement with Services for Education Music Service where you spend time both observing and teaching and receive ongoing feedback to help you further develop your skills, lesson planning and preparation.
  • for string players - being a member of the ARCO scheme – teaching young musicians in Soweto via video conferencing.
  • taking on the role of mentor at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Junior Department.
  • mentoring on the Young Composers Project.
  • undertaking an traineeship position within the Learning and Participation Department of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
  • being involved in a large project (or several small projects) within Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s own Learning and Participation Department.

Research in Pedagogy

If you are interested in undertaking pedagogical research at taught Masters level it is possible to do so via the following modules:

  • Independent Scholarship in Music (PgDip/MMus)
  • Research Project (MMus Year 2)

It is also possible to study pedagogy via our MA in Musicology. Examples of recent projects include:

  • An Exploration of Music Performance Anxiety in a Conservatoire Woodwind Department
  • Constructive or Destructive? Assessing the Impact of Feedback in Instrumental Piano Lessons.