Engage for Students

For Undergraduates

As part of your undergraduate experience, students have opportunities to develop their skills in teaching and also creative and professional practice, fulfilling our mission to train the next generation of dynamic music educators and practitioners.


Through periods of intensive training, and placements, you will meet, learn from and work with colleagues from music hubs, arts organisations, schools and healthcare settings across Manchester and further afield.

Current partners include LIME Arts for Health, Greater Manchester Music Education Hub, CBSO, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Chant Productions, Band on the Wall, BBC Philharmonic, The Bridgewater Hall, Foden’s Youth Band (Love Music Trust), Hallé: Come and Play, Music and the Deaf, Music in Hospitals, National Children’s Opera, Seashell Trust, and Special Virtuosi. There are also a number of internal placements with RNCM Learning and Participation, RNCM Young Strings, and RNCM Young Saxophones, Horns and Bassoons.

For Postgraduates

Postgraduate students have the opportunity to specialise further in this area, including a module on practical pedagogy run in conjunction with One Education, one on performing arts leadership delivered in collaboration with Artis, and options to study elements of Dalcroze Eurythmics.

The RNCM, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, also delivers the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) course in Music with Specialist Instrumental Teaching, unique in the country for preparing students for flexible careers in both the classroom and instrumental teaching studio.

For information on placements contact Hannah McCabe, Fellow of Creative and Professional Practice, at hannah.mccabe@rncm.ac.uk or on 0161 907 5420. And for information on the PGCE course, or instrumental/vocal teaching contact John Habron, Head of Music Education, at john.habron@rncm.ac.uk or Robbie Gardiner, Assistant Head of Music Education (PGCE), at robert.gardiner@rncm.ac.uk.