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MA Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching

MA Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching

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Full time | University of York | 1 year | 18-JAN-21

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Music Teaching / Training Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Our MA in Music Education is a unique course for musicians interested in developing their instrumental and vocal teaching skills.

You'll explore practical and theoretical concepts of music education, as well as aspects of psychology, music psychology and health. By drawing on your own experiences, you'll develop your understanding of instrumental pedagogy and develop strategies for reflective practice, helping you to enhance your capabilities and confidence as a teacher.

We receive excellent feedback - our students say that the course has boosted their career prospects and helped them to discover a love of teaching.

Our highly committed and passionate teaching team will help you to pursue individual interests and support your professional and personal development. The collaborative and energetic atmosphere combined with our varied module content means our students are highly motivated and enthusiastic. You'll find it a great environment for your studies.

Careers and skills

The experience and qualification gained from this course will help to boost your employability in a competitive international field. You'll develop skills vital for engaging in a wide range of educational activities, including studio and institutional teaching.

This course can also lead to further academic study - graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral research as well as a variety of other related qualifications.


The module extends students? practical and reflective skills as instrumental/vocal teachers, building on skills developed during the previous terms and relating to the teaching of an advanced-level pupil. The module develops further awareness of learners? needs and explores a wider range of teaching techniques. Through practical instrumental/vocal teaching students will apply theoretical knowledge relating to teaching advanced learners, including awareness of teaching strategies for preparing pupils for performance and exams, and for the transmission of techniques to facilitate the learning of complex, large-scale musical works. The module builds on reflective practice from the previous terms and enhances students? awareness of their interpersonal and empathic skills, delivery of teaching, time management, interaction with the pupil and presentation of material (verbally and through demonstration) and their ability to comprehensively reflect on their development as teachers, the pedagogical approaches deployed, their ability to make notes for the pupil and the reception of the lesson, in sophisticated written form. The module will also address professional development issues.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Music. We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 and relevant professional experience. No portfolio is required.