Taught course

Musician as Educator PgCert

Birmingham City University · Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Information for international students

This course is open to International students

Fees and funding

Learn more about postgraduate fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 6295