Listen Imagine Compose offers a Masters in Teaching and Learning as part of its Continuing Professional Development programme for secondary music teachers.

This is available nationally and is accredited by Birmingham City University. Learners can gain a Masters in Teaching and Learning or a Masters in Educational Leadership.

“I like how the coursework feeds directly into my work in the classroom… to develop my practice and improve my students’ results and enthusiasm for the subject.”

Jaime Gibson, Hammersmith Academy; 2016/17 MTL cohort

Express interest in the 2019/2020 course now


About the Masters course

  • The CPD is designed to enable secondary music teachers develop skills in teaching composing with KS3, KS4 and KS5 students;
  • The course delivery team includes Professor Martin Fautley, Professor Pam Burnard, Gary Spruce and Dr. Jonathan Savage, supported by professional composers and musicians;
  • The course is accredited by Birmingham City University at Level 7 (Certificate/ Diploma/ Masters);
  • The course can be delivered in any UK location as long as we have sufficient sign ups to make it viable;
  • The first year course comprises 6 x 3 hour sessions plus additional time spent reflecting on professional practice and undertaking action research in the classroom;
  • This year-long course will normally result in a Diploma in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership, assuming that the learner has sufficient prior Level 7 accreditation (eg a PGCE);
  • For teachers who do not have prior Level 7 accreditation at Level & (eg a PGCE) it is possible to take additional modules to gain sufficient accreditation;
  • A further year of part-time study is required to reach Masters level;
  • The next cohort will start in October 2019; express your interest in the course here.

During the course teachers will:

  • Reflect on what composing with young people entails;
  • Learn new creative strategies for teaching composing;
  • Develop pedagogic strategies for teaching composing;
  • Develop existing schemes of work;
  • Undertake Action Research;
  • Be mentored by a leading academic and teacher trainer;
  • Work with professional composers;
  • Network and learn from other secondary music teachers participating in the CPD.

Download a short guide to the Listen Imagine Compose course and Birmingham City University’s guide to its Masters courses.

Download guide BCU Masters Guide

Dates for the 2019/20 course:

Day 1: Sunday 13th October, 11am – 5.30pm in Birmingham

Day 2: Sunday 3rd November, 11am – 5.30pm in Birmingham

Day 3: Sunday 23rd February, 11am – 2.30pm in Birmingham

Day 4: Sunday 12th July, 11am – 2.30pm in Birmingham



A Masters degree is in 3 stages (see the downloadable guide above). Most learners undertaking the Listen Imagine Compose course will join the qualification at Stage 2.

Stage 1: Teachers with a PGCE or equivalent can use these credits in lieu of completing Stage 1 at no additional cost or a small fee (in the region of £50).  This is done one a case-by-case basis, contact us for more information.

Stage 2: This is the Listen Imagine Compose taught course.  The cost for 2019/20 is £2,200.

Stage 3: Is a further year of part-time study required to complete the Masters qualification.  The cost of Stage 3 for those starting Stage 2 in 2019/20 will be £2,200.

There is no requirement to commit to all the stages from the outset and it is possible to pay for each stage in installments.

Any questions?

Contact Judith Robinson if you would like to know how the accreditation works or if you have any other questions!

I’ve used so many compositional techniques from Listen Imagine Compose with my A level students.  It’s really helped unlock the mystery that is composing for them!

– Nick Hughes, Head of Performing Arts Faculty, Robert Smyth Academy, 2017/18 MTL cohort

Doing the Master's course through Listen, Imagine, Compose and Birmingham City University has been one of the best experiences and challenges of my teaching career. After a number of years in the classroom it has revitalised my teaching and understanding of composing in the classroom. It has challenged me to think about my own practice and develop a varied range of strategies to use in the classroom in light of current research.
It has been an incredibly worthwhile, albeit sometimes demanding two years (studying and working full time in a busy music department) but there is an incredible range of support available.

Claire Savage, Head of Music, St George’s RC School, London