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News and events from around the world this month
A London Music Masters session in January 2019
BENJAMIN EALOVEGA

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With a new teacher-training qualiicaion just about to launch, what are the opions for Briish musicians when it comes to becoming an accredited tutor?

A new teacher-training course set to begin in London this month aims to equip graduate violinists with the skills to teach large groups of children and whole-class ensembles in primary schools. It also establishes a new kind of qualification in a sector where there is no formal mandatory qualification required of classroom instrumental teachers. he Post Graduate Certiicate in Education International (PGCEi), specialising in group learning, is a joint venture between music charity London Music Masters (LMM) and Birmingham City University. he one-year, part-time course will accept an initial cohort of 15 violinists, with the aim from 2020 of expanding the number of students and opening the course to non-violinists. Siân Banield, senior learning manager at LMM, says that while many musicians may have had experience of delivering one-to-one teaching during their undergraduate studies, teaching whole-class instrumental lessons is a very different experience: ‘You need to know how to manage a class, how to differentiate when some of the class are progressing faster than others, how to help children with special needs, and how to recognise and deal with issues that young children face, such as when they are tired or hungry.’

Primary schools have not always found wholeclass instrumental teaching a positive experience, and there is pressure on music services to increase the quality and depth of irst-access instrumental programmes. ‘he PGCEi is part of our drive to improve access to music for children,’ says Banield.

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