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Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching

The Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching is designed to upgrade the knowledge, skills and understanding of in-service instrumental music teachers to be eligible to apply for Special Authority for an Unregistered Person to Teach from the Teachers' Registration Board of SA.

About the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching was developed in conjunction with the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD). The program is designed for instrumental music teachers who either do not have any teaching qualifications or who have attained a Diploma in Music or an equivalent.

Participants will develop and assimilate effective methodologies in individual and group teaching, investigate and respond to legal and professional issues associated with music teaching, consider and incorporate the principles and processes of music education in their lessons and hone their ability to strategise and communicate in unfolding teaching situations.

  • Duration and Structure

    In 2017 the Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching will be available in two modes, accelerated and part-time.

    Students will undertake courses in Individual and Group Teaching, Professional and Educational Issues, and Teaching Practicums. Assessment involves written assignments, short critical reviews online, lesson planning, co-teaching and critical reflection. Please note that this program does not include performance courses.

    Accelerated Program

    The accelerated program has been developed to ensure teachers are eligible to apply for Special Authority for an Unregistered Person to Teach by the end of term 1 of school. Students enrolling in the accelerated summer school program will be eligible to apply for a bursary of $3,000.

    Summer semester - commence 16 January

    Part-time Program

    This program has been structured to have minimal impact on participants currently in the workforce. Some course are delivered online, and courses with face-to-face delivery are either scheduled to coincide with school holidays or have flexible times arranged individually.

    Students enrolling in the part-time program in semester 1, 2017,  will be eligible to apply for a bursary of $3,000.

    Part-time program over 1 year

    Summer Semester - commence 16 January
    Individual and Group Teaching A - 4 days intensive (Monday 16 - Thursday 19 January)

    Semester 1
    Individual and Group Teaching B - 2 days intensive & online components

    Semester 2
    Professional and Educational Issues - online
    Teaching Practicum - placement in schools

    Part-time program over 2 years

    Summer Semester - commence 16 January
    Individual and Group Teaching A - 4 days intensive (Monday 16 - Thursday 19 January)

    Semester 2
    Professional and Educational Issues - online

    Semester 1
    Individual and Group Teaching B - 2 days intensive & online components

    Semester 2
    Teaching Practicum - placement in schools

  • Eligibility

    The Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching does not include performance studies. As such, applicants must demonstrate that they possess an appropriate level of performance skill.

    This can be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:

    1. Academic record: Evidence of tertiary level studies in the main instrument/voice to be taught (for example certified copy of Testamur, Academic Transcript, etc). At least Diploma level or equivalent is required. Applicants who are unsure of their academic eligibility should contact the Program Coordinator to discuss.
    2. Professional Record: Applicants who do not have a Diploma or equivalent will need to satisfy one of the following criteria:
      1. Submit a DVD comprising at least 10 minutes performing time that clearly demonstrates your performance abilities which includes either solo work or ensemble work with soloing sections.
      2. Present a live performance audition (solo work) of at least 10 minutes duration to an Elder Conservatorium of Music panel.

    Applicants must also provide the following supporting documentation:

    1. Complete certified transcripts of degrees and diplomas (showing all results and a legend so they can be interpreted) or DVD clearly labelled (if no DVD is provided you will need to attend a live audition)
    2. Personal CV, including professional development and musical activities and community engagement as a musician.
    3. Evidence of pupils’ examinations and/or competition results (AMEB, SACE, Eisteddfod or equivalent). Note: Please provide no more than three examples, or a list.
    4. Evidence of pupils’ performances (programs, DVD recordings etc.) Note: Please provide no more than three examples.
    5. Two references (including contact details of referees)
    6. Proof of name changes if your qualifications were awarded in a different name
    7. Application for Recognised Prior Learning if required (see below)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    Applicants may be eligible for academic credit on account of study and/or equivalent experience, known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants who wish to apply for RPL should submit an application form and provide detailed information concerning personal skills and knowledge that relate to any of the four courses for which RPL is sought.

  • Program Fees

    The Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching is a postgraduate full-fee paying program. The full fee for 2017 is $13,000. Fees may be reduced if RPL is approved for any courses (RPL per a 3 unit course will reduce the fees by 25%).

    Additionally, program participants may be eligible to apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover some or all of their tuition fees. Students who receive a FEE-HELP loan will have part of their entire tuition fees paid to the University by the Commonwealth and a FEE-HELP debt recorded for them with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

    Further information about FEE-HELP including eligibility, the application process, limits and repayments is available at the Student Finance website.

    Students enrolling in the accelerated summer school program will be eligible to apply for a bursary of $3,000.

  • Career Opportunities

    This program is designed for instrumental/vocal teachers already practising in schools who are not currently eligible to apply for Special Authority for an Unregistered Person to Teach category with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. Eligibility under this category from the Board will ensure their continued eligibility to teach in schools.

Further Information

For further information, please contact the Elder Conservatorium on 8313 5995 or music@adelaide.edu.au.

How to apply
for coursework programs

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

Contact

music@adelaide.edu.au
T: +61 8 8313 5995
F: +61 8 8313 4423

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