Certificate in Music Teaching and Performance

  • Application deadline
    30 November (Early Bird rate)
  • Course duration
    One year part-time
  • Course accreditation
    Trinity Accredited Course
  • Course fee
    €4,000
  • Course fee (non-EU/EEA)
    €8,500

Course Introduction

Our Certificate in Music Teaching and Performance (CertMus) develops two deeply interconnected skills required by every professional musician. This certificate course is equivalent to year one part-time study of our highly popular Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance (DipMus) and provides a choice of performance or pedagogy focused pathways for those interested in pursuing a teaching or performance career.

This Certificate course is perfect for professional applicants, both teachers and performers, who are unable to commit to the two years of continuous study required of the part-time DipMus but still want a recognised award at the end of one year.

The flexibility of the Certificate course is one of its key features. Students who successfully complete the Certificate course may exit with an award of CertMus, or progress immediately without collecting the award to the Diploma (top up) in year 2. However, students who do exit with a Certificate award will also have the option to rescind it and return within five years to pursue the Diploma year 2 (top up).

PERFORMANCE OR PEDAGOGY PATHWAYs

The Performance Pathway is for those who wish to focus a greater proportion of their time on developing performance skills.

The Pedagogy Pathway is geared towards the teaching professional who also wishes to develop agility and confidence as a performer.

See Course Outline for information on modules.

Course Outline

The Certificate in Music Teaching and Performance has three curriculum strands:

  • Practical lessons, ensemble rehearsals and performance class develop confident performers
  • Pedagogy modules offer teachers a strong foundation in educational issues and teaching philosophies
  • Supporting academic studies provide solid musical foundations for life

Modules

PEDAGOGY PATHWAY STRUCTURE (CertMusPed)

  • Module 1b - Principal Study 
  • Module 7b - Principles of Pedagogy
  • Module 8 - Pedagogy (Applied)
  • Module 9b - The Reflective Practitioner in the ensemble setting

Programme Learning Outcomes: Pedagogy Pathway

On successful completion of the Certificate course in Music Teaching and Performance (Pedagogy Pathway) students should be able to

  • Teach as instrumental/vocal specialists in a variety of settings from conservatoires to the private teaching environment and primary and secondary schools
  • Communicate a strong artistic vision, supported by a sound technique and effective teaching and learning strategies
  • Compose and analyse short exercises using a wide range of compositional techniques
  • Perform exercises that demonstrate awareness of the physical experience associated with movement
  • Control anxiety and stress in performance
  • Plan, reflect on and progress their careers as an instrumental or vocal teacher
  • Critically reflect and articulate the main principles of educational psychology, and various musical pedagogies (such as Kodaly and Dalcroze).

 

PERFORMANCE PATHWAY STRUCTURE (CertMusPerf)

  • Module 1a - Principal Study (Performer)
  • Module 2 - Chamber Music
  • Module 3 - Performance Electives
  • Module 5 - Aural Training/Sightsinging
  • Module 6 - History of Music

Programme Learning Outcomes: Performance Pathway

On successful completion of the Certificate course in Music Teaching and Performance (Performance Pathway) students should be able to

  • Participate confidently in a wide variety of performing situations from solo instrumental lessons to chamber music and larger ensemble coaching
  • Communicate a strong artistic vision, supported by a sound technique and effective rehearsal strategies
  • Work productively as part of a team within a variety of ensemble formats
  • Identify and describe in detail the major developments of music through study of the musical score and secondary sources
  • Perform exercises that demonstrate awareness of the physical experience associated with movement
  • Control anxiety and stress in performance

PERFORMANCE/PEDAGOGY PATHWAY STRUCTURE (CertMusPerfPed)

  • Module 1a - Principal Study (Performer)
  • Module 2 or 3 - Chamber Music or Performance Electives
  • Module 5 - Aural Training/Sightsinging
  • Module 7b - Principles of Pedagogy (Pedagogy)

Programme Learning Outcomes: Performance/Pedagogy Pathway

On successful completion of the Certificate course in Music Teaching and Performance (Performance/Pedagogy Pathway) students should be able to

  • Participate confidently in a wide variety of performing situations from solo instrumental lessons to chamber music and larger ensemble coaching
  • Communicate a strong artistic vision, supported by a sound technique and effective rehearsal strategies
  • Work productively as part of a team within a variety of ensemble formats
  • Identify and describe in detail the major developments of music through study of the musical score and secondary sources
  • Perform exercises that demonstrate awareness of the physical experience associated with movement
  • Control anxiety and stress in performance
  • Teach as instrumental/vocal specialists in a variety of settings from conservatoires to the private teaching environment and primary and secondary schools
  • Plan, reflect on and progress their careers as an instrumental or vocal teacher

Students complete the Certificate course with a Special Purpose Level 7 award of Certificate either in Music Performance, Music Pedagogy or Music Performance and Pedagogy. Alternatively, students can progress to year 2 of the part-time Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance (DipMus).

Keyboard

  • Tuition 1 hour per week x 30 weeks                                      
  • Performance Classes approximately 40 hours over year
  • Self-study 430 hours per year

Instrumental

  • Individual tuition 1 hour per week x 30 weeks
  • Accompaniment approximately 10 hours per year
  • Performance Class approximately 40 hours per Academic Year
  • Self-study 420 hours per year

Voice

  • Individual tuition 1 hour per week x 30 weeks
  • Coaching up to a maximum of 10 hours per year
  • Self-study 335 hours per year

  • Individual tuition 20 hours of practical lessons
  • 20 hours of performance class/masterclass
  • Coaching up to 8 hours per year
  • Masterclass [attendance and performance] 12 hours over the year
  • Self-study/group rehearsal approx. 3½ hours per week x 30 weeks

Keyboard/Instrumental

  • Group rehearsal approximately 2 hours per week x 30 weeks
  • Self-Study 65 hours over 30 weeks

Vocal

Vocal students must study the following range of performance related electives:

  • RIAM Chorale
    • Preparation of music and text 10 hours
    • Attendance at classes 3 hours per week x 2 RIAM Spotlight Performance Weeks in November and February to a total of 30 hours
    • 2 hours concert rehearsal x 2 Performances and 2 Performances x 2 hours
  • Junior Song Class
    • Group tuition 1½ hours per weeks x 24 weeks
    • Background research, preparation of translations, phonetics and music 10 hours
    • Own independent practice and collaboration with a pianist 24 hours
  • Baroque and Oratorio Class
    • Lecture 1½ hours per week x 24 weeks
    • Background research, preparation of Text (translations and phonetics) and Music 10 hours
    • Independent practice and collaboration with a pianist 12 hours
  • Phonetics
    • Lecture 2 hours x 12 sessions
    •  Self-study 14 hours

Students are required to attend at least one of the languages over the course of the programme

  • French diction
  • German diction
  • Italian diction
  • Lecture 1 hour per week x 24 weeks
  • Self-study 20 hours over 24 weeks
  • Lecture 1 hour per week x 24 weeks + 2 reading weeks
  • Self-study 70 hours over 26 weeks
  • Academic writing & research skills 2 hours x 4 weeks
  • Lecture 1½ hours per week x 20 weeks + 2 reading weeks
  • Self-study 87 hours over 26 weeks
  • 30 hours of lectures
  • 15 hours of observation
  • 205 hours of self-directed practice and learning
  • 30 minutes per week of observation of Principal study lesson [15 hours]
  • 12 hours of group practical workshops and lectures
  • 113 hours of self-directed practice and rehearsal