Training in the music section of the education department (AESS or Education Masters) leads students to reflect on the great challenges of teaching music today: the diversity of possible student bodies; the various teaching issues bringing together a desire to provide a high quality learning experience alongside personal development; the legal aspects of the profession.
You do not teach what you know; you teach what you are.
Students are guided to observe lessons taught by numerous teachers, and, through this experience, learn to identify the tools necessary to become teachers. The combination of classes and practical workshops allow each student to get to know themselves and develop as future teachers.
Particular attention is paid to learning music in a semi-collective setting: including the specific methodology necessary for this, but also the importance of interaction and shared experience between pupils, along with listening and creativity. The course in music teaching skills and the pedagogy seminars explore this dimension by directly relating theory and practical exercises.
In order to encourage research and critical thinking around the teaching material at hand, students are encouraged to compose a repertoire of work for a variety of target groups which they might work with. Students also have to write a final project with a more pedagogical focus.
Each student is assigned a personal tutor who follows their individual progress, allowing them to ensure that the right level of work is being met, while supporting each student in a progressive, positive and constructive manner.