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BMus (Hons) Instrumental Teaching

Our music programme is one of the largest and liveliest in the UK. We focus on music as an applied art, one that engages with the musical world in all its diversity and excitement.

Instrumental Teaching is an important part of a performer's professional portfolio and our four year BMus (Hons) Instrumental Teaching programme is particularly designed to equip you for a career as a visiting teacher and in your own private practice, while at the same time developing your skills as a performer.

You will learn about technical and musical development on your instrument, how to practically prepare pupils for public performances and for graded examinations, school music assessments, and performances while developing an in-depth understanding of individual, group, and ensemble teaching skills.

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Course Length:

4 years Full Time

Entry requirements 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / E.P. / BTEC): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points


International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate, in a performance audition, ability in an instrument or voice and display musical awareness and skill. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

DBS: Enhanced DBS disclosure required.

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Postgraduate pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Student view

Jess Bhatty-Garcia
The teaching modules were by far my favourite modules; the lectures were engaging, interactive and motivating. Laura Ritchie was never afraid to go off on a tangent if it was relevant to a question we asked, which is a trait that was unique and helped us learn. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in becoming a teacher, Laura has a lifetimes worth of interesting stories and experience that she has openly shared with us all.

-2015 Graduate went on to enrol on a PGCE course.

Rob Murray

Being given the opportunity to teach a student on a one to one basis was an extremely valuable experience.  The hands on experience gave us the opportunity to put the skills that we had learned into practice.  The opportunity opened your eyes to the real world of teaching and prepared you to think with great creativity and imagination. Now, as a director of my own peripatetic music academy I continually monitor the ways in which the students learn so that our tutors deliver tuition to the highest standards. 

2007 Graduate, Rob is now Director of Music Academy of Schools


Mattehew Clarke

The combination of informative lectures and seminars from superb staff with the practical placements made this course a thoroughly enjoyable and enhancing learning experience. It has certainly helped me in my current private teaching practice since graduating.

2014 Graduate, private teacher, performer

Brady Lloyd
BMus Instrumental Teaching

The opportunity to go to America in your last year of the IVT course is fantastic and exciting as you put the skills you have learnt into a real-life situation, whilst gaining vital hands-on experience in your field of teaching within another country.

The module itself is completely open to your personal preference, so you are able to do anything from running musical workshops in local schools to giving presentations in colleges and alongside all those possibilities, you'll also get your own free time to do as you please, whether it's seeing some of the best live music in the town or even recording your own music in a professional studio.

Course content

Throughout your time at Chichester you will explore aspects of musical learning and teaching, beginning with instrumental technique and how sound is physically produced on the instrument and then moving on to repertoire and the various gradings that happen within school and external exams. You will experience what it is like to be a beginner as you learn a new instrument from the beginning, and you will have a chance to work with children in workshops and perform to them in their schools. Arranging skills are developed and the psychology of learning music is covered. In the third year you will take on your own private student as part of the course. In class we role play, use peer learning, and welcome both students and other professional teachers to workshops and lectures. In the final year you learn to create a curriculum for your own students and also develop skills to use in a group teaching context.  

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Music department offers several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. The Chapel is a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centre piece of the campus.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we’ve developed a student and graduate internship scheme.

Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships. The areas our graduates have progressed into include:

  • Director
  • Drums and Percussion Teacher
  • Vocal Coach
  • Head of Contemporary Music
  • Singing Teacher
  • Vocal Entertainer
  • Vocalist
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Drama/Dance Teacher
  • Dance Teacher
  • professional Performer
  • Resident Entertainer

Indicative modules

  • Music Now
  • Introduction To Popular Music
  • Style & Genre
  • Popular Music In The Community
  • Performance Development 1
  • Performance Development 2
  • Technique for the Young Performer
  • Grades and Development in Playing or Singing
  • Musical Grammar
  • Writing About Music
  • Classicism
  • Modern Jazz: Seven Steps To Heaven
  • The Baroque
  • Reading Popular Music
  • Performance Development 3
  • Performance Development 4
  • Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion
  • Music And Society
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Preparing Young Musicians for Assessment and Performance
  • Personal Study (Music)
  • Post Modern Jazz
  • Opera
  • Romanticism
  • Structures And Politics Of Rock Music
  • Modernism
  • Club Music
  • Expressing Music Through Movement & Gesture
  • Musical Event
  • Psychology of Learning and Teaching
  • Approaches to Teaching 1 (Individual) 

As you progress through your degree programme, you’ll need to enhance and build on your skills as a musician, as a performer and as a scholar. In making your module choices, you‘re able to draw on study skills modules that you feel are relevant to your personal developmental needs. Some of the study skills modules you might take are:

  • Musical Grammar
  • Writing about Music
  • Listening Skills 1
  • Music and Society

Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

We are committed to learning and teaching. Our team of principal lecturers ensure the techniques and technology used at Chichester position us as a leading authority in this critical part of your education.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Independent Learning

Central learning facilities are available to complement and support the learning activities you will experience in your taught modules, and will help to foster your confidence in learning independently and managing and presenting information – skills that will be of lasting benefit beyond your time at the University.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions. Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

DBS Costs

Applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.