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Following graduation, you will qualify for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). All eligible graduates are guaranteed a probationary year of classroom teaching. GTCS standards are recognised in the UK and internationally, with many of our former students working at home in Scotland or abroad after graduation.
On this programme, you will study aspects of teacher education and preparation for school experience, and undertake intensive music studies including a principal performance study, piano skills and keyboard musicianship, practical workshops, music technology, and theoretical and historical studies.
Your school placement will be in a primary school where you will learn how to plan and develop lessons to support the children’s musical learning. Teacher Education will focus on developing as a teacher, exploring learning and teaching in the primary school, and key issues about how children learn, and teacher professionalism.
We provide a solid foundation in performance, music theory, arranging and composition, history of music, music technology and collaboration in your first year.
In teacher education, the focus moves towards development, health and wellbeing and inclusive education. Your school experience will be in a secondary school where you will focus on Broad General Education (BGE) in the Music department.
Music studies will follow a similar pattern to year one with a focus on broadening knowledge and deepening understanding through practice, in order to support your work as a classroom practitioner.
Teacher education in year three will explore Assessment, Education and Society, including wider issues which influence learning and teaching. You will begin to consider the role of professional enquiry in the teaching profession. School experience will focus on secondary three and four.
In music studies, you will continue to have core studies in composition and music technology and thereafter will choose further options in, for example, performance, musicology, composition folio, music technology folio, additional support for learning, primary music, accompaniment studies, etc.
In your final year, the focus of the placement will be the senior phase where you will spend an extended period in a secondary school in preparation for the GTCS Induction Year.
You will consolidate your knowledge, skills and school experiences to date, making connectons between your studies at RCS and career-long professional learning.
You will continue to have core studies composition and music technology, with a particular focus on the teaching of these areas, along with other options similar to those available in year three.
The University of Glasgow offers the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate to students who are in Year 4 of the BEd Programme.
Applications to this Programme should be made directly to the University of Glasgow.
Bachelor of Education (Music) students benefit from the world-class facilities of the Royal Conservatoire’s School of Music, which includes:
Upon graduation you are guaranteed a probationary year of classroom teaching.
Most of our graduates go on to become music teachers in schools in Scotland, other parts of the UK or abroad.
Some graduates choose to balance a part-time career in classroom teaching with a freelance career in music and others have chosen to work in other educational settings.
Following their probationary year, a number of graduates have gone on to pursue postgraduate study in either Education or Music Performance.
Some of our graduate destinations include: