ICMuS staff are both experienced researchers and experienced teachers.
ICMuS is staffed by committed academics who are both experienced researchers and teachers. Our staff are regularly nominated for teaching awards, and in recent National Student Surveys, the quality of our teaching is consistently ranked among the top 10 Music departments in the country.
Our teaching ranges from one-to-one tutorials with academic staff through to seminars (between 5 and 10 students per group), workshops and formal lectures.
As well as ‘live’ sessions such as those mentioned above, ICMuS also makes extensive use of RECAP live lecture capture software, online resources such as the university’s virtual learning environment, Moocs and other online resources.
CETL: the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
The Centre for excellence in Teaching and Learning (2005–2010), was led by ICMuS and brought together universities in the North East and The Sage Gateshead. It was designed to develop new approaches to curriculum development, with a particular emphasis on inclusivity, and covered the teaching of folk, classical, popular, contemporary and world musics. It also included music technology, music education and sound and music therapy.
What's happening now?
Although the CETL has now ended, its legacy lives on in the rich experiences we are able to offer our students.
Funding is in place to support the Sound Festival and Breaking into Music events at The Sage Gateshead, both of which were developed during the CETL. Another legacy is the student-led Summer Music Festival, which has become an established annual event at Newcastle University. This gives students both excellent performance experience and professional development opportunities in arts administration, management, education and outreach work.
The World Music project is thriving. Students continue to able to study Indian Vocals and Tabla with professional Indian musicians, and we also recently bought a Gamelan for shared use across the CETL community.
Student projects and creative business ideas continue to benefit beyond the CETL from dedicated enterprise support. This is informed by ongoing research into music students and entrepreneurship.