Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: Birmingham City University

Musician as Educator (Taught)

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Course summary

The PgCert ‘Musician as Educator’ course enables professional practitioners working across a variety of music education settings to access high-quality CPD that can be scheduled around their regular working hours to enhance their practice. You will be introduced to a spectrum of areas relevant to the 21st-century music educator. These will include the position(s) of music in society and the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion; creative approaches to curricula and assessment strategies; and situating your practice within the wider music education landscape. Lectures and workshops will be interspersed by roundtable sessions, facilitated by staff from RBC’s Pedagogy and Community Department, where you will be encouraged to think about the application of learning theories and other pedagogical issues to your own practice. The rationale for this approach is to enable you (along with students working across different music education contexts) to tailor the module content to suit your own requirements, goals, and interests, whilst building and learning alongside, and from, like-minded professionals. Through group work and pre-/post- session tasks, you will share ideas about your emerging understanding, and be supported to collaborate and extend these conversations between taught sessions. You will track your ongoing development through a reflective journal. Engaging in ongoing reflection and close professional mentoring will assist you in finding the precise focus that is of most benefit/interest to your professional development. You will be allocated a pedagogy mentor and be supported in devising and undertaking a small-scale research project in an area of your professional practice. The assessment brief contains significant flexibility to allow you to present your work in a format appropriate to you, including for dissemination in professional contexts.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Music

How to apply

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Essential: Students should have professional working knowledge in the specialist discipline (instrument(s)/voice/composition/music technology, etc.) demonstrated at interview. Students should be working as a music educator whilst participating in the course. Desirable: Students should hold an undergraduate degree or other Level 6 qualification, but not necessarily in Music. If you do not hold this qualification, we may still be able to consider your application; please contact the Course Director to discuss before applying.

Additional entry requirements


Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Royal Birmingham ConservatoireNo fee charged

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Royal Birmingham ConservatoireNo fee charged

Additional information

There are no auditions for this course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £2834 Year 1
England £2834 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2834 Year 1
Scotland £2834 Year 1
Wales £2834 Year 1
Channel Islands £2834 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Musician as Educator at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS