We aim to help you become an inspiring and practical music teacher. In the process, it is hoped that you will become a better person and a better musician. This involves developing appropriate professional values, being secure in your knowledge and understanding of Music and understanding how best to turn your subject matter into engaging and challenging forms.
We also wish to develop teachers who are reflective practitioners. As the future generation of teachers, it is important that you are able to evaluate your own practice, seek ways to improve the experience of pupils in your charge, and contribute to the future development and debate surrounding both Music and education in general.
Structure and Assessment
The course is structured around 6 phases.
Phases 1-3 occur before Christmas.
• Phase 1: Two weeks of observation.
• Phase 2: 7 weeks split between university and school
• Phase 3: a five week teaching placement in school 1.
Phases 4-6 occur after Christmas
• Phase 4: 6 weeks split between university and school 2.
• Phase 5: A 13 week teaching placement in school 2.
• Phase 6: A 3 week experience, mainly university based
During your school placements there will be monitoring of your progress and weekly target setting exercises to work on areas for development.
The university-based sessions often consist of practical workshops, where students can develop their musical skills as well as learning the pedagogical knowledge needed to teach.
There will be three formal review points of your teaching in the year. To obtain QTS, you must successfully complete the computer delivered TDA QTS skills tests in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
International Student Requirements:
If English is not your first language, the University of Southampton English Language requirements for study apply i.e.TOEFL 600 / computer based 250 or better for IELTS 6.5 or better