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MA Music Education: Group Teaching and Leadership

Lead the way in music education

Year of entry: 2024 (September)


1 year full-time,
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2024 (semester dates)

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Work with research-active staff to develop and refine your group teaching and leadership skills with an MA in Music Education.

This course is for musicians who want to enhance their capabilities and confidence in group teaching and develop skills for leadership roles in music education settings.

Through a combination of theory and practical teaching activities, you’ll explore inclusive approaches to supporting musical development in early childhood, primary and secondary education, and with learners with special educational needs and/or disabilities. You’ll also develop an understanding of the philosophical and psychological foundations of music learning and how you can apply this to improve your own teaching practice. Meanwhile, our unique module on leadership and management will introduce you to the challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities associated with a leadership role in music education.

You’ll be able to tailor your studies to support your own particular interests as a music educator, choosing two option modules to accompany your core modules. For some modules you’ll also have a choice of assessment types.

Our friendly teaching team of professional music leaders and educators will provide the support and resources you need to succeed in your professional and personal development. You'll be part of a lively and inclusive community, and we will encourage you to participate in our musical ensembles, attend weekly concerts and research seminars, and take full advantage of our facilities.

Boost your career

The skills and experience you'll gain on this course are directly applicable to your career as a music educator.

Research excellence

We're in the UK top 30 for music research according to the Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest REF results (2021).

Course content

You'll study a series of taught core modules and option modules and complete an independent study module.

Your course will begin with the taught modules, with the independent study module as the final stage of your studies.


Core modules

Option modules

You will also study two option modules. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information, please get in touch.

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.


You'll complete your independent study module towards the end of your course.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Examine and evaluate current research and debates in music education, and relate these to their own practice
  • Plan, facilitate, and assess effective music learning activities confidently and flexibly in a range of settings and with a variety of learners
  • Apply critical understanding of professional issues, including safeguarding and inclusive practice, to their work in music education settings
  • Exercise music education leadership, such as curriculum development, grant-application writing and project management
  • Articulate their individual teaching, leadership, and facilitation practices and philosophies, based on critical awareness of their own skills, expertise and identity as a music educator
  • Engage in effective continuing professional development and enhancement by applying developed skills of self-evaluation and reflective practice
  • Communicate persuasively and credibly in written work by identifying and deploying appropriate writing styles for a range of outputs, for example, session plans, curricula and policies, reflective commentary, essays, and dissertation
  • Develop knowledge and critical awareness through research and practice that may lead to further postgraduate study and/or employment opportunities.
My professors gave me a wonderful learning experience which I really enjoyed. My tutors gave me many constructive suggestions about applying for a PhD that has made my future goals clearer.
Ka, MA Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2024/25

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £10,590£23,900
Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.

Students on a Student Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study.

  • UK (home) fees may increase in subsequent years (up to a maximum of 2%).
  • International fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

Fees information

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2024/25 throughout the year.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Funding opportunities

Subject-specific funding

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

Classes are formed of a variety of taught and discussion-based formats and regularly involve practical work.

You'll be taught via seminars and practical sessions in which you'll have the opportunity to teach others and receive feedback. You'll complete a variety of assessment types, choosing from essay, poster presentation, literature review, report, assessed lesson with commentary, and digital portfolio formats. Regular meetings with course tutors will allow you to discuss your progress and prepare for assessments.


The School of Arts & Creative Technologies is home to outstanding facilities, including a variety of seminar rooms for class teaching. These rooms have an array of specialised teaching equipment including pianos, interactive whiteboards and audio equipment.

The John Paynter Music Library is an elegant facility, located within the University Library, and houses the main music collections. It is also equipped with digital pianos, and media replay equipment.

The University Library houses an extensive collection of CDs and DVDs, which are available for listening and research. There are also archival recordings available for student use in the University of York Sound Archives.

The Document Supply Centre of the British Library is located in Boston Spa, near to York. A weekly bus service runs during term-time.

Teaching location

The School of Arts & Creative Technologies is located on Campus West. Almost all of your teaching will take place within the School.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Modules often include a choice of assessment formats, including essay, poster presentation, literature review, conceptual analysis, report, assessed lesson and commentary, digital portfolio and dissertation.

Throughout your course, you submit work which does not count towards your final grade. This is a chance for you to receive feedback from your tutors, discover your strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Careers and skills

The skills developed in this programme will contribute to enhanced professional ability as a music leader, educator, or instrumental teacher in educational contexts both inside and outside of schools.

You'll also be equipped for further postgraduate study in the field of Music Education.

Career opportunities

  • Music teacher
  • School teacher
  • Education specialist within arts organisations
  • Community arts worker
  • Research and PhD study

Transferable skills

  • Critical awareness and self-reflection
  • Persuasive communication
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Confidence with theoretical concepts and their application within education settings
  • Facilitation skills
  • Awareness of leadership and management issues

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in Music. We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 and significant relevant professional experience.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 6.5, minimum of 6.0 in each component
Cambridge CEFR B2 First: 176, with 169 in each component
Oxford ELLT 7, minimum of 6 in each component
Duolingo 120, minimum 105 in all other components
LanguageCert SELT B2 with 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert Academic 70 with a minimum of 65 in each component
KITE 459-494, with 426-458 in all other components
Skills for English B2: Merit overall, with Pass with Merit in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you haven't met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


You can apply and send all your documentation online. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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