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British Academy of New Music encouraging prospective music teachers

test 22 May 2007

UK: A one-year music teacher training course at the British Academy of New Music (BANM) in East London is to be previewed this Thursday (May 24th) with a special Open Day event. The programme – which enrolls this September – is aimed at “experienced musicians who wish to broaden their career options” and allows them to continue in full time employment while studying, reports PSN-e.

Music Educator is a one-year course run by Access to Music (ATM) and involving only three days of classes each month. It results in a qualification that enables students to work immediately as classroom teachers, workshop leaders and peripatetic music teachers while working towards QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

Andy Stott, ATM’s head of teacher training, says that the course has been developed “by music teachers for music teachers, and offer students the opportunity to develop their music skills in the context of education. It also provide a professional qualification that will help students to begin their teaching careers.

“The course’s innovative delivery makes it accessible and flexible to suit adult students of all social, cultural and musical backgrounds. The sessions are challenging, stimulating, fulfilling and, above all, enjoyable.”

As an example of the ways in which ATM has helped professional musicians and those in full-time work to add teaching skills to their CVs, the organisation cites the example of Vicky Tilson. She is currently using annual leave from her full-time job at Transport for London to complete the Music Educator course, which she describes as “well-structured and thought-out”.

Those interested in attending the open day – which will comprise a site tour, presentation and Q&A session – should contact BANM on +44 (0)208 555 3305.


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