BA Music Education

Designed and delivered in collaboration with the Sheffield Music Hub - one of the UK’s top music education providers - this programme offers an outstanding preparation for a career in music education.

Students working with primary school children as part of Music in the City


You benefit from one of the most diverse music degree programmes in the UK with a curriculum spread across seven different areas: performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music psychology, musical industries, and music technology. We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music.

Alongside your music modules, you take modules designed to enhance your understanding of community, music and education.

This four year programme includes a year-long industry placement. Students taking this programme must have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in place.


You follow the same structure in the first year of the BMus. As well as enjoying the full range of BMus modules throughout the degree, you take ‘Community, Music and Education’ as a core module in Year 3 or 4, and participate in Music in the City outreach projects. You take one module per year in the School of Education.

You also take part in Sheffield Music Hub’s sector-leading Continuing Professional Development programme from the start of your degree, giving you access to training in key music education resources and a broader understanding of the place of music in UK education policy.

This four-year course includes a year-long industry placement in Year 2. The department pre-arranges a limited number of placements, several of them with the Hub, which are assigned competitively by interview during your first semester at Sheffield. You can also secure your own placement, with support from the university.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. Access to the Sheffield Music Hub's CPD programme is subject to the continued provision by the Hub of this programme. We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.


It’s not possible to apply directly to the BA Music Education. You apply to the BMus programme, and can then transfer onto the BA Music Education at the end of your first year. In order to be successful, students must:

  • Receive a 2:1 in their first semester results. 
  • Take the relevant music education module. 
  • Liaise with The Hub to arrange placement.
  • Volunteer for Music in the City (MINC).

Please note there are visa implications for any student who requires a tier 4 visa to study if they seek to change to this degree programme. If you would like advice on this, please get in touch.

Student experience

Our students can take part in a variety of work placements and opportunities to gain skills working in the music education sector. 

Sheffield Music Hub Summer Placement

Megan Rowley did a Summer placement at Sheffield Music Hub where she was involved in performances and summer music workshops. Her responsibilities during these events included organising instruments and resources, including managing the performances and performers, leading groups of children in orchestras and bands, performing with some orchestras, teaching parts of the summer workshops and people managing. Within the office, she helped organise the music library, making the music more accessible through creation of a database, so that everything was up-to-date and music leaders were able to access the music that they needed quickly and efficiently.

“I loved the interaction with the other music leaders as they mostly had the same passions as myself and interests, and it was great to see other ways that music could be provided for children in ways I had not seen previously. I also really enjoyed leading the children and giving them the opportunity to enjoy music as much as myself. Sheffield Music Hub is also a brilliant company to work for and I felt respected, appreciated and a useful part of a large, successful team.”

After graduating Megan now works as a teacher in a primary school. Read the full details of her summer placement.

Bringing back to life songs from World War 1

Final year student, Emily Overend, worked with two local schools on her third year special project. The children learnt songs from World War 1 and performed them at a commemoration concert in Firth Hall.


Results and Clearing 2019

Expecting excellent results? We welcome high achieving students through Clearing and Adjustment. Your accommodation is guaranteed.

Apply now