12 months
19950 GBP/year
9290 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The MA in Music Education - Instrumental and Vocal Teaching at the University of York is a unique course for musicians interested in developing their instrumental and vocal teaching skills.

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During the MA in Music Education - Instrumental and Vocal Teaching at the University of York , you'll explore practical and theoretical concepts of music education, as well as aspects of psychology, music psychology and health. By drawing on your own experiences, reading academic literature and putting new ideas into practice within your teaching, you'll develop your understanding of instrumental pedagogy and develop strategies for reflective practice, helping you to enhance your capabilities and confidence as a teacher.

We receive excellent feedback - our students say that the course has boosted their career prospects and helped them to discover a love of teaching.

Our highly committed and passionate teaching team will help you to pursue individual interests and support your professional and personal development. The collaborative and energetic atmosphere combined with our varied module content means our students are highly motivated and enthusiastic. You'll find it a great environment for your studies.

Careers and skills

The experience and qualification gained from this course will help to boost your employability in a competitive international field. You'll develop skills vital for engaging in a wide range of educational activities, including studio and institutional teaching.

This course can also lead to further academic study - graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral research as well as a variety of other related qualifications.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to a variety of roles or further study. These include:

  • Instrumental music teacher in private studios
  • Instrumental teacher in primary and secondary schools and conservatoires (UK and international)
  • Class music teacher (UK and international)
  • Music administrator
  • Further study in Music: PhD; additional MA programme (Music performance or Community Music) at the University of York
  • PGCE course
  • Independent researcher
  • Freelance musician (teaching and performing)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Effective pedagogy 
  • One-to-one teaching (Beginner)
  • Teaching techniques
  • One-to-one teaching (Intermediate) 
  • Enhanced teaching skills
  • One-to-one teaching (Advanced)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Music. We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 and relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19950 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9290 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9290 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees

  • Home: £4,645
  • EU and International: £9,975

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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