- Button Accordion (Traditional Music)
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Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours is a vocational programme for musicians who aspire to teach music in schools; it is one of the most highly regarded routes into classroom music teaching in Scotland, qualifying you for both primary and secondary school teaching. The degree provides integrated school placements in all four years of study. Following graduation, you will qualify for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). All eligible graduates are guaranteed a probationary year of classroom teaching. GTCS standards are recognised in the UK and internationally, with many of our former students working at home in Scotland or abroad after graduation. On this programme, you will study aspects of teacher education and preparation for school experience, and undertake intensive music studies including a principal performance study, piano skills and keyboard musicianship, practical workshops, music technology, and theoretical and historical studies. Special features -Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland -Upon graduation, you are guaranteed a probationary year of classroom teaching -Integrated school experience throughout all four years -Qualifies you to teach music in both primary and secondary schoolsally.
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:
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.
Year one - Your school placement will be in a primary school where you will learn how to plan and develop lessons to support the children’s musical learning. Teacher Education will focus on developing as a teacher, exploring learning and teaching in the primary school, and key issues about how children learn, and teacher professionalism. We provide a solid foundation in performance, music theory, arranging and composition, history of music, music technology and collaboration in your first year. Year two - In teacher education, the focus moves towards development, health and wellbeing and inclusive education. Your school experience will be in a secondary school where you will focus on Broad General Education (BGE) in the Music department. Music studies will follow a similar pattern to year one with a focus on broadening knowledge and deepening understanding through practice, in order to support your work as a classroom practitioner. Year three - Teacher education in year three will explore Assessment, Education and Society, including wider issues which influence learning and teaching. You will begin to consider the role of professional enquiry in the teaching profession. School experience will focus on secondary three and four. In music studies, you will choose to specialise through a number of pathways in, for example, performance, composition, musicology and music technology. Year four - In your final year, the focus of the placement will be the senior phase where you will spend an extended period in a secondary school in preparation for the GTCS Induction Year. You will consolidate your knowledge, skills and school experiences to date, making connectons between your studies at RCS and career-long professional learning. You will continue to develop your areas of specialisation in music studies.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
This course is closed for the 2022 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2023 courses.
*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.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
The following entry points are available for this course:
Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them, they represent over 60 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire. International applications are welcome to this programme and online interviews can be arranged.
Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/music/
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Interview if successfully recalled
Successful applicants will normally be of a standard equivalent to Grade 8 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in your Performance Study. You can apply and audition without having obtained Grade 8, however as an indication only, applicants are normally expected to have reached Grade 8 standard in their performance. In addition you will be required to play a short piano piece at the audition which will be of approximately Grade 6 standard.
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
Theory Paper if successfully recalled
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.
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For more information on what to prepare for the audition, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/bed-music-honours/.
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|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/apply/finance/scholarships/