Type of course: Post Graduate combined (taught and research) worth 60PG credits.
Study options: Face to face (7 days) plus distance learning
Duration: 1 year
Start date: September 2020
Accreditation: Birmingham City University
Credits: 60 PG credits
Fees: TBC
Tutors: Dr Jessica Pitt, and Dr Julia Partington
Entry requirements:

An undergraduate degree is generally requested as applicants will be expected to study at Post Graduate level, however applications from practitioners without degrees, but with relevant experience, are encouraged.

Applications for 2020/21 will open in Spring 2020.



Who is this course aimed at?

The programme is for anyone who is already working in early years music or who plans to in the future -- in a range of professional capacities: independent workshop leaders, early years educators, music therapists, advisors, community musicians and instrumental teachers. 

A first degree is normally required for entry to this programme but concessions may be made for students who have other relevant graduate equivalent qualifications and/or relevant background experience.

What are the main themes?

The programme aims to cover all aspects of music in early childhood and to provide an introduction to research methods.

You will have the opportunity to make a music pathway through the complete MA programme (3 modules over 3 years; year one: this module; year two: double research module; year three: dissertation module).

The course will focus on the theoretical foundations of early childhood music such as:
- Children's musical development from babyhood through to the start of school
- How children learn in music
- The main methods of early childhood music education and their principles
- Contemporary music experiences for children, including new technologies and their impact as well as the principles and methods of research.

Most of the input on the face to face days is as informal/lecture presentations with much student-led discussion.

While you will expand your practical ideas through video viewing, brief demonstrations to illustrate a point or hearing ideas from others in the group, the programme is not primarily designed to give you practice-based activities and materials in workshop-type sessions.

How will it help my practice?

By understanding the principles and theories that underpin practice, you will be able to develop your practice so that it is much more effective. You will have the confidence and competence that comes from having a wider knowledge and deeper understanding of your practice.

You will join a small group of like-minded and enthusiastic early childhood music practitioners who meet during the sessions and in online groups. Through participation in discussions and the lively exchange of opinions and ideas, you can reflect on your own practice and learn from others.

Dates for 2020/21:


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