RIAM Musicianship Clinic 2018

July 112018

RIAM Musicianship PublicationsThe RIAM is delighted to announce that another Musicianship Clinic will take place in 2018!

You may sign up for a specific week, a selection of weeks, or for all weeks as best suits your needs. It is open to current and aspiring teachers, and students. Classes will take place on Thursday mornings 11:30 am-1:00 pm at the RIAM between August 30th and November 22nd. Places are limited to 20 per session.

Gráinne Deery, an experienced RIAM Musicianship and Music Education lecturer, will lead this interactive clinic. She will provide an overview of the grades, explore the requirements and content, and provide strategies as appropriate. Using past papers from the Local Centre Theory & Harmony exams relevant to the session as a route into musicianship issues, any needs will be addressed as they arise. There is no coursework required and two past exam papers for the relevant grade will be supplied as part of each clinic.

A special offer on the RIAM Theory Workout books (3 books for the price of 2) from Preparatory to Grade 8 will also be available.

For booking please visit: RIAM Musicianship Clinic

Is this clinic for me?

  • Yes, if you teach the Local Centre Theory & Harmony syllabus and want to consolidate your knowledge or consider a new approach.
  • Yes, if you would like to include musicianship in any aspect of your teaching.
  • Yes, if you just want to develop your own knowledge and understanding relating to a specific grade.

Do I need to be a teacher?

  • No, you can be a student too. You may also be someone who is thinking about starting to teach or you may have a general interest in musicianship/theory.

Do I need to be able to read music?

  • Yes, an ability to read staff notation is essential.


The Musicianship Clinic Schedule and Price Scheme


Course Content

Preparatory, Grade I & 2
Note names, values, and rests; time signatures, grouping, bar lines, treble and bass clefs; writing and naming notes, tones and semitones; C, G, D, F major scales, related solfa and tonic triads; and observation.
Grade III
Writing and naming notes and values; grouping and rewriting melodies; adding rests and notes, bar lines; time signatures and descriptions of time signatures; scales of C, G, D, F B♭, E♭ major, A, E, and D minor; related solfa and tonic triads, tones and semitones; transcribing melodies; intervals; completing a melody; rewriting melodies in double and half values; and observation.
Grade IV
Major scales up to four sharps and four flats, and minor scales up to two sharps and flats; grouping of rests and notes in simple and compound time, triplets included; major and minor, and perfect intervals; major and minor triads; completing a melody, observation and terminology.
Grade V
Keeping the rhythmic effect; grouping; adding rhythm to words; transcribing with the alto clef; major scales up to five sharps and flats, and minor scales up to four sharps and flats, chromatic scales also; intervals including major, minor, perfect, augmented, and diminished; enharmonics; transposition; completing an 8-bar melody; technical names; simple and compound time; observation; instruments of the orchestra.
Grade VI
Major scales up to seven sharps and flats, minor scales up to five sharps and flats; tenor stave; open and closed score; transposing and transcribing; primary triads, inversions, melody writing and setting a rhythm to words; major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads; irregular time signatures, instruments; the Baroque era.
Grade VII
Melody writing including modulating; setting a text to music; compound intervals; transposing including treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs; cadences; harmonic analysis; completing cadences for SATB; adding roman numerals and a melody to a given bass; the Classical era.
Grade VIII
16-bar melody and setting a text to music; harmonic analysis; score reading.
Adding alto and tenor voices to a harmonisation; counterpoint; adding bass and roman numerals to a given melody; the Romantic era.
Senior Certificate
Harmonic analysis; score reading; adding alto and tenor voices to a harmonisation; counterpoint; adding bass and roman numerals to a given melody; the Impressionist and Modern eras.


About Gráinne Deery

Gráinne Deery MMus, BMusEd, HDip, GRIAM, ARIAM

Gráinne Deery holds a dual appointment as Lecturer in Musicianship at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Lecturer in Music Education at the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education at Maynooth University. Her research interests include the development and perception of musical potential within teaching and learning environments.

As a passionate advocate of music education and key contributor to the development of music education in Ireland, Gráinne was a central figure in the recent development of the new and innovative DipRIAM, an instrumental teaching Diploma focusing on the teaching and learning environment. Gráinne recently served as a committee member of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI) and the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA). In addition, Gráinne held the position of Chair of the Irish branch of EPTA 2009–2013 during which time she founded and directed the EPTA Ireland Piano Competition.

Gráinne holds a Master’s in Music Performance (University of Leeds), and a Bachelor in Music Education (Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music). In addition, she holds a Higher Diploma in Music Teaching, Graduate and Associate Diplomas in Piano Teaching and was awarded a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching by Trinity College Dublin. As a prizewinner and scholarship recipient Gráinne continues to be active as a pianist, adjudicator, examiner and piano/keyboard harmony teacher. Gráinne was also recently appointed as external examiner for instrumental and vocal pedagogy at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.