Taught course

Musicians in Education

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance · Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in music, or a 2.1 degree where music is a significant component
  • PLUS GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • A high standard of practical musicianship demonstrated through performance at interview
  • It is recommended that applicants spend some time observing in a secondary school before interview.

Composition, Early Music, Jazz, Keyboard, Strings, Voice, Wind, Brass and Percussion

Months of entry


Course content

Offered and validated by The University of Greenwich.

Today's music teachers require a diverse and complex set of skills, enabling them to support young people within both formal and informal learning contexts, alone or in groups small or large, and able to acknowledge and support the diverse cultural and educational backgrounds of the individuals concerned.

Our PGCE 'Musicians in Education' is unique within the UK in supporting the development of both instrumental/vocal teaching and community/outreach skills within secondary school teacher training. Training is provided through collaboration between Trinity Laban (16 days) and the University of Greenwich (44 days), and is underpinned by significant placement learning opportunities within the schools sector (120 days, of which 10 are placements in alternative contexts with Trinity Laban's partners). These elements will enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to teach in secondary schools, and you will be formally assessed against the national statutory requirements for Qualified Teacher Status.

In addition to practical teaching experience gained in two main schools, the partnership between Trinity Laban and the University of Greenwich enables you to gain training and teaching experience outside of classroom settings, for example instrumental/vocal teaching for a Local Educational Authority's Music Service and/or leading outreach projects. In support of this work, you will be able to undertake instrumental/vocal lessons with Trinity Laban's outstanding teachers and will also be mentored by subject specialist teachers from whom you will receive daily feedback and guidance.

Applications should be submitted online via the Graduate Teacher Training Registry website: www.gttr.ac.uk.

Information for international students

Students from over 60 countries currently study at Trinity Laban. Our worldwide reputation is founded on the success of our students and we are proud to play a vital part in developing our international community.

We want our international students to enjoy their time at Trinity Laban and make the most of the academic, personal and social opportunities available here. Living away from home can be a big change and adapting to a different country can be a little confusing at times. We are here to help you if you have questions or come across any difficulties while you are with us, and ensure you can access the full range of student support available.

Our thriving Students’ Union will help you meet people from all over the world, make life-long friends and experience life in London, considered by many to be the cultural capital of the world.

Candidates will need to provide evidence of English language ability. Free English language support classes are provided for students whose first language is not English and for students with a learning disability (e.g. dyslexia).

Once enrolled on one of our programmes, you can access support from your English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Tutor. Depending on the programme, this is through timetabled classes or one-to-one tutorials. Draft-checking of written assignments is available, as is help in any area where your level of English may be causing you problems. Support is available for all programmes (except for the Teaching Musician programme and other courses within the Learning and Participation department).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Music Admissions
+44 (0)20 8305 4444