MA in Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching

MA in Music Education

Please note this programme has been exceptionally popular and will close to overseas candidates on 1 June 2017. You can register for a reminder to be sent to you once we're accepting new applications for the following academic year.

Applications from UK / EU candidates will be accepted throughout the admissions cycle, and will not close as above.

Course summary

This new taught programme will develop pedagogical skills in a context in which students can draw upon and deepen their existing practical experience as instrumental/vocal teachers. It can be undertaken as a full 180-credit MA, or as a Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate.

Students will develop theoretical and practical understanding of instrumental teaching, research skills and strategies for reflective practice: skills enhancing employability and capability.

The course is led by Dr Elizabeth Haddon LRSM. Her work on instrumental pedagogy has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals and she has presented at international music education conferences.

In addition to her work at the University of York as Research Fellow and piano teacher she also has considerable experience in private studio instrumental teaching.

Staff contact

If you have any further questions about the course, or would like to discuss your application, please contact the programme leader:


Click here to download a PDF brochure for the course:
MA in Music Education (PDF  , 513kb)

As a freelance instrumental teacher, I took the course in Music Education to expand my teaching skills and qualifications. It provided a wealth of information to develop my professional practice, and the assessments offered me opportunities to study topics which interested me in depth. Overall it was very interesting and helpful.
MA Music Education (2016) graduate. (more quotes)

Course structure

MA in Music Education

Students will participate in seminars and in practical sessions in which they will have the opportunity to teach others and to receive feedback on their teaching skills.

They will have regular meetings with the programme leader to discuss their progress and to plan and prepare work for assessment, which will include both written and practical work, with a final submission consisting of either an extended essay or a portfolio of lessons plus commentaries.

Students will have opportunities to engage in the many ensemble and performance activities on offer in this vibrant music department. 

Employment outcomes

The academic qualification and experience gained through this programme will enhance employability in a competitive field. The programme develops skills vital for engaging in successful private studio or institutional teaching contexts.

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You can opt to pursue a Master of Arts degree or Postgraduate Diploma (either full or part time) or Postgraduate Certificate in Music Education.

For more information and help with an application contact the Postgraduate Administrator Gilly Howe (

MA in Music Education (180 credits)

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Postgraduate Diploma in Music Education (120 credits)

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Postgraduate Certificate in Music Education (60 credits)

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