Key Facts            

Type of course: Post Graduate combined (taught and research)
Study options:

Combination of face-to-face taught days, virtual teaching & distance learning

Duration: 1, 2 or 3 years
Start date: October 2021
Accreditation: Birmingham City University
Credits: 60 - 180 PG credits
Fees: £2200 per 60 credits; student finance applicable for new students undertaking full Master's 
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.


Upon your successful application via BCU and your place acceptance, CREC will contact you to request your Year 1 module choice.

If you are a continuing student , please contact the programme lead or your tutor to discuss your Year 2/3 options.
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.

To find out more about the differences between the Certificate for Music Educators: Early Childhood (CME:EC) and the MA Music pathway, please visit our MA FAQ page.

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 continue the music pathway through the complete MA programme (3 modules over 3 years; Y1: this module; Y2: Research Methods module; Y3: 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.

Key dates for 2021-22

Please note the below dates are provisional

- 12 October - @CREC Birmingham (subject to COVID regulations and guidelines)
- 13 October - @CREC Birmingham (subject to COVID regulations and guidelines)
- 9 November - online
- 7 December - online
- 18 January - TBC
- 8 March - TBC
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