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IOE and EMI Music Sound Foundation announce new bursary for Music Education course

29 June 2018

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has teamed up with EMI Music Sound Foundation to provide a new bursary for MA Music Education students.

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The bursary will fund 50% of the successful candidate's tuition fees. It aims to help students make positive impacts on music education in UK schools and other music education settings.

The Music Education MA provides tools for interrogating musical and educational assumptions, values and practices and helps students to expand their understanding of effective music teaching, evaluation and assessment.

Candidates can apply with dissertation research in several streams, including:

  • The wider benefits of music, such as music and literacy, music and mathematics, music and science, music, and social inclusion
  • The use of music technology in supporting learning
  • Music, adolescence, and mental health
  • Addressing gender differences in musical participation
  • Effective practice in whole-class instrumental teaching, and sustaining learning beyond it
  • Music, well-being, and mental health
  • Engaging vulnerable and marginalised groups, or those less likely to participate in music
  • Introducing new musical genres into classroom music

A further £5,000 will be available to help recipients fund resources for their practical work.

Dr David Baker, Programme Leader of MA Music Education, said:

"The EMI Music Sound Foundation bursary represents a unique opportunity for us to help MA students to further music education in the UK. Successful candidates will advance our understanding of music education, its teaching and learning, surrounding issues, and policy in line with a wide range of significant themes. Through their MA research and development activities, they will be making real impacts in schools and other educational contexts."

The EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independent music education charity established in 1997 to celebrate the centenary of EMI Records and to improve young peoples' access to music education in the UK.

For more information or an application form, contact Dr David Baker, Programme Leader, MA in Music Education at david.baker@ucl.ac.uk or call on 0207 612 6460.

Update (28 February 2019)

The charity is now known as the Universal Music UK Sound Foundation to reflect the ongoing support received from Universal Music.

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