Specialist Certificate in Inclusive Music Teaching

Course overview

  • 1 year part time
  • On Campus
  • Available to domestic and international students


Gain the skills and confidence to ensure people with disabilities have access to high-quality music education.

Music participation can have a powerful impact on the lives of those with autism and intellectual disabilities.

It is vital that music teachers have the skills and confidence to teach a diverse range of learners, including those on the autism spectrum and/or with intellectual disability. The Specialist Certificate in Inclusive Music Teaching will help you build your overall pedagogical skills and gain the knowledge needed to help these students thrive, particularly in one-on-one or small group settings.

The course is delivered intensively, to suit the needs of working professionals. You will undertake two subjects over two semesters and learn via immersive face-to-face teaching days. You will join an exclusive cohort of just 20 peers and study in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct, at our newly transformed Southbank campus.

In your first subject, you will gain a strong grounding in the underpinning theory needed to teach diverse learners. Throughout the second, you will begin to put theory into practice and be mentored to refine your skills throughout small, scenario-based sessions.

A course backed by expert knowledge

The course is coordinated by Dr Grace Thompson, who has over 25 years of experience as a music therapist. Her world-leading research directly informs the course content, which brings together contemporary theory from the disciplines of music pedagogy, special education, and music therapy.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.