Diploma in Community & Group Music Teaching

  • Application deadline
    23 September 2022
  • Course duration
    1 year (part-time)
  • Course accreditation
    Royal Irish Academy of Music
  • Course fee
  • Course fee (non-EU/EEA)
  • Course director

Course Introduction

The RIAM Diploma in Community and Group Music Teaching equips musicians with the practical tools and skillset required for a career in music education, preparing them to teach music confidently and effectively in both the community and classroom setting.

During six intensive weekends over the academic year, students will develop their musical, pedagogical, and project management skills, receiving specific training in ensemble direction and conducting, arrangement and orchestration, music technology, rehearsal technique, project management, and group teaching practices—with new additions to the curriculum on remote teaching methods, aimed at preparing candidates to teach in a post-Covid-19 landscape. Training is led by RIAM faculty, selected as leaders in their respective fields.

This programme course is open to musicians of all styles and genres who are motivated to bring their skills to the wider community, inspire enthusiasm and passion in their students, and support students’ personal development through music.

Upon completing this course, our Diploma graduate will be a well-rounded musician, educator, and advocate for music education within their community.

* FEES & DISCOUNTS: To confirm application a 50% deposit is required.

Early bird rate of €1,900 is applicable under the following payment structure:

  • Application of 50% deposit received by 1 July 2022. Remainder due within 90 days of application date.

Full rate of €2,100 is applicable under the following payment structure:

  • Application of 50% deposit received between 1 August - 1 September 2022. Remainder due within 90 days of application date.

Course Outline

This one-year programme takes place over 6 intensive weekends between September and June of each academic year. Approximately half of the tuition time in the academic year will be delivered through online remote teaching, with some portions delivered on-site on the RIAM campus in Dublin, where appropriate. Work placements in schools and community settings can be completed either online or in-person, depending on individual requirements.

Modules offered include:

  • Educational Practice & Project Management
  • Conducting & Ensemble Direction
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Arrangement & Orchestration
  • Teaching for Voice
  • Multi-Instrument Tuition
  • Group Instrumental Development
  • Improvisation in Practise
  • Pre-instrumental Teaching
  • Instrument Maintenance
  • Music Technology
  • Percussion instruments in the school environment

An example schedule for the year is as follows:

Weekend 1 

Saturday 24th September | On-Site at RIAM Campus

Sunday 25th September | Remote Online Delivery

Weekend 2

Saturday 22nd October | Remote Online Delivery

Sunday 23rd October| On-Site at RIAM Campus

Weekend 3

Saturday 26th November | Remote Online Delivery

Sunday 27th November | On-Site at RIAM Campus

Weekend 4

Saturday 25th February | Remote Online Delivery

Saturday 26th February | On-Site at RIAM Campus

Weekend 5

Saturday 22nd April | Remote Online Delivery

Sunday 23rd April | On-Site at RIAM Campus

Weekend 6

Saturday 20th May | On-Site at RIAM Campus

Sunday 21st May | On-Site at RIAM Campus

Entry Requirements

There are no prescribed formal application qualifications needed to apply for this course. As this programme is not specific to a style or genre, we welcome applications from students who can indicate competence in music performance through a variety of means (performance profile, qualifications, teaching experience, professional experience in music).

Overall, we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate:

  • Skills in music performance
  • Musical literacy
  • A passion for creating music in the community setting