The best music teachers know how to connect with their class and develop each student to their full potential. While teaching the fundamentals and conventions of the language of music, good teachers also engender a sense of curiosity, experimentation and musical exploration among their students.
Music teachers are strong communicators of knowledge; they're sensitive to the needs of their students but not afraid to challenge them to be the best they can be.
Our professionally recognised music education program, accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority, will prepare you for a career as a music teacher in both primary and secondary schools. You will develop teaching skills through studies in:
Cultural diversity, including the study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Music, and field-based experience are central to the program. Professional experience placements in schools will also play a vital part in your development when studying Music Education.
We are a dedicated music school with expert practitioners and excellent facilities. Our music education degree offers impressive breadth and depth.
This degree equips you to become a:
Professional Experience (practice teaching) is integral to the music specialist secondary school teacher education degree offered by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney, namely the Bachelor of Music (Music Education) and the Master of Music (Music Education). Professional Education placements commence in Year 2 in the undergraduate degree, culminating in, respectively, a nine- and seven-week block in the final semester of study, and Year 1 for the Postgraduate degree.
The Professional Experience team at the Conservatorium, under the academic direction of Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley, builds partnerships with schools that offer Professional Experience placements. One of the major advantages of becoming a placement school is that the Conservatorium provides free enrolment for school-based professional experience coordinators and music teachers in the About Music Education workshops/lectures.
Find out more in the professional experience placement handbooks: