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Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Performance Teaching (Higher Education)

Institution Guildhall School of Music & Drama View institution profile
Department Music
Telephone 020 7382 7144
Study type Taught


In order to be eligible for the PGCert (HE), applicants need to be able to draw on at least 50-60 hours of authentic HE Learning & Teaching practice, during the period of enrolment on the course. This is so that they have sufficient authentic practice across the UKPSF dimensions of practice and the descriptor statements to be able to evidence D2 (Fellow of the HEA).

Performance Teaching is 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. Students will be encouraged to identify a personal pathway for their development, focusing on the pedagogy of performance and creative practice in the performing arts, in specific contexts that are most relevant to their 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 with enough current Higher Education teaching experience have the option of completing an elective, Reflective Practice in Higher Education, which will lead to professional recognition from the UK Higher Education Academy

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

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of musiciansactors and production artists in the heart of the City of London.

Ranked as the top UK conservatoire in the Guardian music and drama league tables, we deliver world-class professional training in partnership with distinguished artists, companies and ensembles. 

A global leader in creative and professional practice, we promote innovation, experiment and research, and are also one of the UK’s leading providers of lifelong learning in the performing arts, offering inspiring training for children, young people, adult learners, and creative and business professionals. …

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