Course code


Course length
10 months

Course fee

Why teaching music is important

The study of music allows students to express themselves creatively. It engages, inspires and challenges students, immersing them in an incredibly wide range of music as performers, composers and appraisers. In secondary school, children explore music from across the world with an appreciation of their own culture and heritage, as well as the numerous influences that have shaped music across place and time.

The qualities that make an outstanding music teacher

A great music teacher should be passionate and immerse themselves in music, not just in the classroom, but outside. You should be a confident performer, even on an instrument that are you are not familiar with as you will be inspiring students to listen to a wide variety of music and most importantly, encouraging them to become great musicians. 

Subject knowledge needed to teach music

You should be familiar with music theory to a high standard and have knowledge of the great composers, musical periods and how music has evolved. You will be a competent musician - keyboard skills are desirable so that you can accompany students. Being familiar with classroom instruments such as guitar/ukulele and keyboard are a must alongside being a confident singer. Prior to starting the course, you should ensure you are comfortable teaching these instruments to students in KS3. It is beneficial for trainees to have a working knowledge of music technology/notation packages such as Garageband or Sibelius, as most schools will use these tools for composition work. 

A good starting point for improving your subject knowledge, or working on any areas of weakness is the BBC Bitesize website. Looking at the National Curriculum for this subject will also be beneficial, as it will give you an overview of which topics are covered. 

"Every child, regardless of their ability, has something to offer musically. It is part of our human nature and it's something I love to nurture every day."

Overview of our music course


  • Sept: Core training and mini placements 

  • Oct: Subject-specific training, core training and first teaching placement preparation

  • Nov-Dec: First teaching placement (6 weeks) and Durham University Teaching Conference (1 week)

  • Jan: Core training, subject-specific training and mini placements

  • Feb: Subject-specific training and second teaching placement preparation

  • Feb-May: Second teaching placement  (11 weeks) 

  • Jun: Personalised mini placement and QTS (qualified teacher status) interview



We provide ongoing, bespoke, subject specific SCITT Tutor support throughout your entire programme. Our SEDD (Subject Enhancement and Delivery Days) programme enable trainees to work with various heads of department and outstanding teachers in their subject areas. You will also work with expert music teachers during your two teaching placements. 

The benefits of training to teach music with North East SCITT

You may be eligible for funding to help support your history teacher training year

At North East SCITT, your PGCE is awarded by, globally renowned, Durham University

Our lead school, The Academy at Shotton Hall, is one of only 23 Research Schools in the UK

Complete your initial teacher training year with North East SCITT in just 10 months

We work in partnership with over 90 education providers across the North East

Secondary teacher training courses

(11-16 with KS2 enhancement and post-16 enhancement):


To attain qualified teacher status, trainees will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards in the age phases of their course. They must teach and demonstrate that they achieve the Teachers’ Standards in the specific and consecutive age ranges.

Lisa Keech

Career changer

I felt confident that the training would be top quality, and I would be really well supported.”

Read all about Lisa's journey into teaching here


"Fantastic all round training. What has really stood out for me is how supportive the whole SCITT team have been throughout the year. The highlight was my second placement which was excellent and the perfect fit!"