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PGCE in Music with Specialist Instrumental Teaching

Royal Northern College of Music

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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Royal Northern College of Music

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This PGCE course is designed for graduates of universities and conservatoires who wish to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) whilst specialising in instrumental teaching. This includes teaching wind, brass, strings, percussion, voice, piano/keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drums.

The RNCM runs this unique Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University (Man Met).

Who the PGCE is suitable for

This one-year full-time course offers instrumentalists and vocalists a range of distinctive features. If you want to learn how to teach music in a secondary school context and how to teach your own instrument and related family instruments or voice in a variety of different settings through innovative methodologies, then this is the course for you.

We are looking for outstanding musicians from all disciplines - including popular music, jazz and folk - who show a real passion for music education in all its guises and who strive to develop outstanding musicianship in their teaching practice.

How the PGCE is delivered

The PGCE is delivered at both the RNCM and Man Met, and during the year, trainees complete two teaching placements at secondary schools and Music Services in the North West.

At the RNCM: develop your teaching and performance skills

You will have the opportunity to develop your teaching and performance skills via integrated approaches to instrumental and vocal teaching. This includes focusing on embodied methodologies such as Dalcroze and Kodály. Instrumental pedagogy includes an introduction to related instruments within instrumental families while developing strategies for teaching individual, small group and whole class lessons. There is also a focus on developing your creative musicianship through classes on improvisation, aural and vocal approaches, ensemble leading/conducting, world music and educational research.

Experience in both classroom and music service settings equips graduates with all of the necessary skills to support the varied portfolio careers that young professional musicians and teachers undertake. Students will undertake teaching from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5 (ages 7 - 18) in educational settings including primary, secondary, sixth form and special education needs.

These experiences are enabled through the outstanding professional collaboration that the RNCM has with its various Music Education Hub partners throughout the North West whose excellent teaching and mentorship provide the backbone of this course.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 17,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Royal Northern College of Music

  • Campus address

    Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9RD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 87 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    127 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85.0 85%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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