Master of Music: Performance and Pedagogy

Birmingham City University - Faculty Of Performance, Media And English

Program Description

Master of Music: Performance and Pedagogy

Birmingham City University - Faculty Of Performance, Media And English

Key Facts

  • Postgraduate study at Birmingham Conservatoire enables classical and jazz performers to continue to develop their performance skills.
  • The programme has an equal division between studies in advanced performance and in pedagogy (the latter focused specifically on instrumental/vocal teaching).
  • Students on this programme benefit from access to the full range of Birmingham Conservatoire ensembles, departmental workshops and master classes.
  • The pedagogy part of the programme has a strong practical element, nevertheless in the context of a strong theoretical background.
  • The course provide opportunities for students to observe teaching in a range of contexts, as well as to gain feedback on their own teaching with one-to-one mentoring.
    • Students on this programme benefit from our wide range of partnerships with other arts and educational organisations.


Birmingham Conservatoire’s close links with the music profession mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. MMus Performance and Pedagogy students are well equipped to pursue a portfolio career which combines performing and teaching: students will have made a number of valuable contacts while on the course in relation to both performance and pedagogy, and be ready to take their skills into the workplace. While on the Performance and Pedagogy course, students are able to apply for a range of voluntary and paid work experience schemes in conjunction with local schools and arts organizations: these activities form a valuable part of the student’s training.

Course Structure

The programme is equally split between performance and pedagogy as follows:

Year 1: 30 credits - Performance, 45 credits - Pedagogy

Year 2: 60 credits - Performance, 45 credits - Pedagogy

As a full-time student, you will receive 60 hours of individual first-study performance tuition and 10 one-to-one hours with a pedagogy mentor.


Preliminary Performance (15 credits) and Final Recital/Final Jazz Performance (60 credits) These modules are principally supported by the one-to-one first-study tuition (see above). In addition, you will be given numerous opportunities to perform in ensembles, workshops and master classes run by your department. The Preliminary Performance assessment is designed as an interim stage, to prepare you for the Final Recital, which represents the culmination of your studies as a postgraduate performer.

Professional Portfolio (15 credits); You will be required to set personal goals which relate to your future career aspirations and to reflect on your ongoing development by maintaining a journal and attending occasional workshops and tutorials.

Teaching Matters (45 credits) You will attend weekly lectures and workshops covering a wide range of generic topics. You also attend 15 hours of lesson observations and have 5 one-to-one hours with a mentor (specialist teacher of your instrument/voice); these sessions are designed to help you relate theory to practice.

Pedagogy Project (15 credits) You will undertake a small-scale research project in an area of pedagogy which particularly interests you. Group classes and individual tutorials will support independent study.

Instrumental/Vocal Teaching Placement (30 credits) During a nine-week period, you will spend one day a week with your music service mentor, teach some of their pupils, receive ongoing feedback on your teaching and be supported in your lesson planning.


Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including: Performance, Presentation, Essay, Lesson Observation Diary, Portfolio and Teaching assessment (including associated lesson plans and evaluation).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
6,750 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Birmingham, England
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End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 3 years
Price 6,750 GBP
£14600 for international students