Bangor University

Bangor University

Music with Education

This is a flexible programme which allows you to develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of teaching music to others. The course is intended for students with backgrounds in music or education (or both) who wish to develop skills and knowledge in both disciplines while exploring some of the ways in which the two fields are related. Students will develop their musical skills at an advanced level through performance, composition or musicology, while enhancing their knowledge and conceptual understanding of a range of issues relating to music education. Students will work closely with established researchers, most of whom have international profiles. The School of Music enjoys close links with industrial and third-sector parties such as the Venue Cymru, Ensemble Cymru and the BBC; in addition both the School of Music and the School of Education share well established partnerships with local primary and secondary schools, where many teachers of music are our graduates.

Entry requirements

MA: 1st degree at British Bachelor's standard at 2.2 or higher. Candidates with a 2.2 degree must however achieve a 2.1 in a substantial project in their chosen area of study (such as a dissertation, a portfolio of compositions, or an extended recital). English proficiency (for non-native English or Welsh speakers): IELTS English test with a score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5). Musicologists may be asked to submit a piece of written work of 3,000-5,000 words that can either be a discussion of a selected topic from music history, or an analysis of a selected composition; the essay must be academic in style, and must include footnotes and a full bibliography. Composers may be asked to submit representative samples of their creative work (normally 2 or 3 pieces); these can be notated scores, or audio recordings, or both, and may be sent on paper, as a data DVD, or via a weblink such as Dropbox. Performers will be asked to audition or, where this is not feasible, to submit a recent unedited recorded video performance featuring contrasting repertoire (25-30 minutes). A sample of academic work may also be requested from performers.

Course modules

Part 1: students will take 2 modules in the School of Education: curriculum development; assessment in education. Non-native English or Welsh speakers may replace one of these with advanced English-language classes. Students may also take an optional placement in a local school or college. Students may choose 2 modules from a wide range of options in the School of Music, including: performance and history; current musicology; composition in context; music in historical context; music in society; performance studies in education; composition project; performance project; independent research project. Part 2: The part 2 project, which is completed over the summer, is similarly flexible in format. It will normally include a dissertation element, and may also include a lecture-recital, a portfolio of compositions for educational use, pedagogical materials for your voice or instrument, or an alternative format agreed in advance with the lecturing staff.

Sponsorship information

The University offers a wide range of scholarships, studentships and bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 Years
MA Part-time - 2 Years
Diploma Full-time -

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