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
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.
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.
Part-time program over 1 year (commencing mid 2018)
Part-time program over 2 years (commencing mid 2018)
Semester 2 (2018)
Individual and Group Teaching A - 4 days intensive
Semester 1 (2019)
Professional and Educational Issues - online
Semester 1 (2020)
Teaching Practicum - placement in schools
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:
- 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.
- Professional Record: Applicants who do not have a Diploma or equivalent will need to satisfy one of the following criteria:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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)
- Personal CV, including professional development and musical activities and community engagement as a musician.
- Evidence of pupils’ examinations and/or competition results (AMEB, SACE, Eisteddfod or equivalent). Note: Please provide no more than three examples, or a list.
- Evidence of pupils’ performances (programs, DVD recordings etc.) Note: Please provide no more than three examples.
- Two references (including contact details of referees)
- Proof of name changes if your qualifications were awarded in a different name
- 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 apply online 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 2018 is $13,250. Fees may be reduced if RPL is approved for any courses.
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.
- 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.
Dr Emily Dollman
Elder Conservatorium of Music
Level 11 Schulz Building
University of Adelaide