PGCert Performance Teaching
One year part-time or two years part-time
New from entry 2016
Performance Teaching is a new programme, designed to support professional musicians, actors, theatre technicians and dancers who teach as part of their practice as performers or in undertaking a portfolio career. The programme provides a unique opportunity to develop creative and reflective practice in performance teaching. You will be encouraged to identify a personal pathway for your development, focusing on the pedagogy of performance and creative practice in the performing arts, in specific contexts that are most relevant to your career aspirations.
The PGCert in Performance Teaching will prepare you for employment as a professional artist-teacher in a range of contexts, including Higher Education, specialist performing arts schools and junior conservatoires, state and independent schools, community and lifelong learning, and inclusive learning programmes such as Sistema-inspired initiatives. Participants have the option of completing an elective, Reflective Practice in Higher Education, which will lead to professional recognition from the UK Higher Education Academy (subject to accreditation).
How you'll learn
The programme combines intensive workshops with online learning and practical experience in facilitating learning in a variety of performing arts contexts. Supported by a team of world-renowned practitioners, researchers and guest speakers, you will develop skills and knowledge in the fundamental principles of pedagogy, professional frameworks, teaching and facilitator approaches. Where appropriate, the programme team will support you in accessing opportunities for practical experience of facilitating learning in a range of contexts, drawing on the Guildhall School’s extensive network of partners (for example, the East London Creative and Cultural Partnership, Centre for Young Musicians, and Music Hubs).
With a strong emphasis on reflective practice, you will develop an informed awareness of the national and international landscape of performance teaching. You will be supported by a personal Pedagogy Mentor, and will participate in guided peer support groups.
Who should apply?
This programme attracts applicants who are interested in creative, innovative and evidence-based performance teaching and offers:
- A strong focus on critically reflective practice, framed by professional guidelines such as the Higher Education Academy Professional Standards Framework
- Interdisciplinary perspectives
- Feedback on practical work in Higher Education or Inclusive Learning settings
- Teaching and mentoring delivered by an experienced team who individually have strong professional reputations as educators, performers and researchers
- An educational philosophy that celebrates professionalism, international perspectives, creativity, and innovative practices in performance teaching
The programme is one year part-time, delivered in intensive bursts at specified weekends and in school holidays. Students take the following modules:
Core Module 1: Fundamental Principles in Performance Pedagogy
Elective A: Reflective Practice in Higher Education
Elective B: Inclusive Learning
A student taking the programme over two years will undertake Core Module 1 in year one, and a choice of elective in year two.
Download the workshop schedule for this course (PDF, 47KB)
The PGCert Programme Leader is Carlos Lopez-Real.
The next Open Evening for this course will be Monday 23 January 2017. This Open Evening is now fully booked. For any questions or queries to contact Sophie Hills.