The BA (Hons) Music Education at Trinity Laban is a new programme designed for confident performers from any Western genre who are passionate about teaching music or using music to lead learning.
In this blog we find out about just a few of the things you might get up to during a day studying Music Education at Trinity Laban…
9.00 Our students often start the day on placement in local schools
Being on placement is a huge part of the BA Music Education course. It gives you a practical learning experience as you get stuck in to the reality of your future career. Placements are in local primary and secondary schools, but not exclusively. Other exciting placements include small group learning in hospitals and community centres, or with the Learning and Participation team here at TL.
12.00 Keep up your own musical practice with a one-to-one instrumental/voice lesson
At TL we recognise that to be a brilliant music educator, you need to be a performer too in order to lead by example. This is why we make one-to-one lessons a key part of the BA Music Education course. Our teaching staff have years of experience in teaching and performing, and have excellent careers. Your instrument/voice teacher will be able to advance your performance skills in a way that will transfer to a teaching setting very well.
13.00 Time for lunch
It’s time for a well-earned break. As the Music Faculty is housed in the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, there are plenty of options. You could head to the world-famous market for some food from around the world; Ethiopian, Chinese, Mexican, Italian…the list goes on and on. There are also plenty of sweet treats if you fancy pudding.
You could also choose to stay on campus at King Charles Court by going to Butler’s Café or heading to the Students’ Union for some chill out time. Or you could simply sit facing the river bank; the perfect setting to unwind and refresh your mind before your busy afternoon begins.
14.00 Experience an exciting performance workshop
It’s time to get creative. Our performance workshops have different areas of focus in order to give you a rounded education in, well, educating! These workshops cover areas from West-African drumming and samba to leading singing groups. They also go into specific areas of study such as Dalcroze Eurythmics – an education method where music is experienced through movement.
16.00 Spend some time on your own personal project
Enjoy a session with your personal tutor discussing ideas and asking for advice on your personal project.
Studying on the BA Music Education gives you the opportunity to create your own work in a personal project. This can culminate in many ways, for example you could do a recital lecture, written work, presentation or performance. In the past, students have worked on composing for children and active research into experimenting with different teaching methods.
The project is your chance to focus on your passion and one-to-one sessions with your supervisor will help you to realise your goals.
18.30 Take part in a Schools’ Concert
As part of the school placements on offer, you’ll be able to see the end result of all your hard work as the pupils that you have been teaching perform. You also have the opportunity to perform with or conduct student ensembles. All in all, this is a hugely rewarding experience.
20.30 Time to unwind
It’s true what they say, London life is busy. The end of the day is a chance to unwind and relax. This could be at home with a good book or a riveting Netflix series… or maybe it’s the weekend and you fancy heading out for a dance!
Check out our student’s favourite South East London hangouts for more inspiration on what to do at the weekend.
Submit your application for the BA (Hons) Music Education on UCAS Conservatoires by WED 15 JAN, and this could be your life in September next year! Here’s some handy hints and tips on writing the personal statement section.