Education and Music 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Education and Music provide a great combined degree if you are interested in creativity, music, learning and the links between them. This combination of degree subjects would be the ideal choice if you are interested in pursuing a career in teaching involving music.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: WX33

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Course Overview

You will study educational topics such as the nature of learning, childhood development, as well as the history of education and changes to educational policies and practices. You will investigate music in a wide range of contexts and as well as focusing on the creation and performance of music, you’ll examine its meaning and uses in a diversity of styles, periods and traditions, through topics including history, aesthetics, and the social impact of music. You can also take a work placement module studying music in the community. Music at Keele is a hub of world-class musicologists, composers and performers, and the musical life on campus is rich and varied.


Studying this combined course will provide you with the perfect set of tools to address the neglected area of creativity in education today.

What will this mean for my future?

When you graduate, you might choose to do a PGCE and become a teacher. Students who have studied Education and Music have also entered a wide variety of careers including local government, media and communications, sales and marketing, banking, and the legal profession. You could follow a career in arts administration, orchestras, bands, a recording company, publishing, game design, film, radio or television.

You can also choose to go on to postgraduate study.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Understanding Learning
  • Childhood, Policy and Education
  • Digital Technologies
  • Too Poor to Learn: Poverty, Education and Social Policy
  • World Musics
  • Sound Recording
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Popular Music

Second year

  • Education Matters: Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education
  • Play, Power and Pedagogy
  • Issues in Public Education Unheard Melodies?
  • Music in the Narrative Film
  • Indian Music
  • Chamber Music
  • Music in the Community (work placement module)

Third year

  • Educating for Global Citizenship
  • The Making of Professionals
  • Education, Work, Identity
  • Higher Education
  • Recital or Composition in Music
  • Music, Conflict and Social Change
  • Dissertation