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Music (Secondary)

Music (Secondary)

Train to be a music teacher and help students unlock their creativity and passion for music.

At a glance

Subject / Phase
Music (Secondary)

Course Length
1 year

School Placements


Academic Award

Professional Award
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Masters Credits

Partnered With
Sheffield Hallam University

Why Train to Be a Music Teacher?

As a Music Teacher you will help your students explore a wide range of music, often for the first time. It is so rewarding to see them engage with different musical styles and forms, opening their minds up to a deeper understanding of all the creative possibilities. With some students it will be about developing their already existing musical talents, helping them progress to higher levels and sometimes to a career in music. Your influence will follow them throughout their lives – whether through their enjoyment of music for pleasure, or their pursuit of a career as a musician.

What is Life Like as a Music Teacher?

As with all teaching roles, you will have to plan and deliver lessons, drawing on your subject expertise. These could be a combination of practical lessons, using musical instruments and computer programmes, and lessons covering the theory and history of music. Through your lessons you will nurture students’ self-confidence, creativity, and their ability to collaborate and express themselves. You will set and mark assignments, and record student progress. You will also work with colleagues to plan the curriculum, but you might also collaborate on projects beyond the classroom, such as trips to arts venues, and putting on school productions and concerts. You will be in contact with students’ parents, mainly via parents’ evenings, when you will discuss their progress and how they could be supported.

What Skills Do You Need to Be a Music Teacher?

A passion for music and the desire to encourage that enthusiasm in your students is essential. You must be able to connect with young people, finding ways to engage them in your subject. Good communication skills are therefore essential, as you will also need to work constructively with colleagues and parents. Being organised is useful. And having patience and a sense of humour are definitely helpful too!

What Do We Cover in Music Teacher Training?

You will be trained to teach Music at key stages 3, 4 and 5. Your training will provide you with the skills needed to support pupils to develop their musical knowledge and understanding, while learning to make music accessible and enjoyable.

This includes training in university, via STSA’s professional learning courses, and as part of your school placements, as detailed below:

At University

Our academic partner is Sheffield Hallam University, whose course is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. At university, you will have the opportunity to hone your music skills via seminars, workshops, lectures, group work, directed tasks, written assessments and practical work. You are assessed through supportive, collaborative means, helping you to grow and improve.

In STSA Professional Learning Courses

We run a number of STSA professional learning sessions throughout the year. These days are a great opportunity for our trainees to come together, catch up and share their experiences. Our trainees tell us this is a highly valued part of our course.

Examples of topics covered include:

  • The Professional Teacher
  • Safeguarding
  • Lesson/scheme design
  • Assessment: marking and feedback
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Barriers to learning
  • Organisation of self
  • Knowledge of consecutive key stages
  • Role of SENCO
  • Behaviour management
  • Building resilience
  • Child development
  • SEND and inclusion
  • EAL and new arrivals
  • Collaborative team teaching
  • Communication with parents
  • Planning for transition
  • Careers

The STSA team are on hand throughout the course to help you with any issues or questions you may have.

During your School Placements

Our course includes high-quality placements in two of our partner schools, providing experience in contrasting settings – which is part of the Department for Education (DfE) regulations for Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Your main placement is approximately 24 weeks over the academic year, whilst your complementary placement is approximately 6 weeks. You also have a 2-day experience in a primary setting.

You will have your own mentor in each school, who will meet with you regularly and provide support and advice. They will also assess your teaching in school.

You can find out more about what to expect on our course here.

Career Development

You will always be developing as a teacher and could progress to a head of subject role, or even head of a department or faculty. Some teachers decide to specialise in pastoral work, taking on a head of key stage/year group role. From middle management, you could then progress into senior leadership as an assistant, deputy or head teacher. With multi-academy trusts growing in number, there are also new opportunities working across a number of schools, taking on responsibility for your particular subject.