What’s the best way to prepare for studying a PGCE in Music?
Develop and refine your subject knowledge and your teaching philosophy. Think carefully about why you want to teach the subject and the relevance of music in the context of the new Curriculum for Wales.
We strongly recommend observing the subject being taught in a mainstream secondary classroom: there are many contexts in which music is taught, and the mainstream secondary classroom is just one of them. Remember that music is a very broad subject area and, while you don’t need to be an expert in all of them, you do need to be committed to broadening your mind beyond your own musical specialism so that you can serve all of your pupils. Talk to a secondary music teacher and find out what the job involves so that you know what you’re signing up for! As a musician educated to degree level, it’s likely that you’ll perform, compose or create music to a very high level. How will you make the subject accessible to young people who don’t engage with music outside the classroom?