Becoming a Better Music Teacher

Take your teaching to the next level

Our Becoming a Better Music Teacher course is back!

Whether you’re starting your music teaching career or refreshing your skills, our free online course helps you take your teaching to the next level.

Join us for this free online course, which will provide you with a strong foundation of the skills, knowledge and insight needed to be an effective music teacher.

We know that instrumental and vocal teachers play have an important role in developing their students’ ability to sing or play an instrument. This course allows you to this course, you will reflect on your current teaching, assess your teaching strategies and look at new ways to motivate and inspire your pupils.

This course offers instrument-specific advice and resources as well as guidance on how to plan music lessons within a broader curriculum. You will gain the confidence to help you to challenge your existing practices and identify weaknesses in your own teaching style. All with the aim of becoming a more effective instrumental or vocal teacher.

This course is absolutely free. It’s been developed by ABRSM and is available through FutureLearn. We are proud to be a partner with FutureLearn alongside some of the world’s most renowned universities and institutions.

Learn about:

  • Teaching and Learning Principles
  • Core Musical Skills
  • Developing Technical Skills
  • Professional Values and Practice
  • Motivation, Progression and Curriculum & Lesson Planning

Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on and evaluate your journey to teaching so far
  • Develop an understanding of a range of teaching and learning principles
  • Compare teaching and learning principles and develop your own teaching philosophy
  • Identify the core musical skills that lay the foundations for good music making, and consider how they inter-relate
  • Evaluate your own instrumental technique and assess how you approach teaching technique to your pupils
  • Explore the bases for motivation and how motivation is linked to progression
  • Develop an understanding of the role of assessment in progression
  • Assess your own teaching practice in the context of professional values and practice.
  • Design a broad, individual learning plans for pupils with reference to short -term goals Engage with others teachers and contribute to discussion about professional development.

About FutureLearn

FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in December 2012 by The Open University and is now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. FutureLearn has almost 10 million people signed up worldwide. FutureLearn uses design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible online courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that improve working lives. It partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities, as well as organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (HEE). It’s also involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.

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