Diploma in Community & Group Music Teaching

  • Application deadline
    2 July
  • Course duration
    1 year (part-time)
  • Course fee
  • Course fee (non-EU/EEA)

Course Introduction

The RIAM Diploma in Community and Group Music teaching equips musicians with the attitude skills and mindset required to teach effectively in the community and classroom setting.

Upon completing the course, our Diploma graduate will be an all-rounder, a project manager, an innovator, a practical musician and champion for the enjoyment of music for all.  

This Diploma is non-genre specific, but suitable candidates will have a high level of musical literacy and will have some professional experience in music.  

Course Outline

This one-year programme takes place over 6 intensive weekends on RIAM premises in Dublin between September and June of each year. Participants will also undertake on-site work in schools or community settings.  

RIAM’s tutors for the Diploma include leaders in the fields of community music education, improvisation, conducting, practical instrument and vocal tuition, and in group music education. 

Students will be encouraged to debate, reflect and feedback as a group with the goal of developing imaginative and inspiring ways to teach music in the community. 

Performing Opportunities

Entry Requirements

All applicants must submit the following documents to the General  Office, RIAM, 36 Westland Row, Dublin 2 or by emailing generaloffice@riam.ie:

  • Completed application form
  • Payment of the relevant non-refundable application fee
  • Passport photo
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae including details of music, study and work related experience to date
  • Proof of competence in English where necessary for those applicants whose education is not through the medium of English

Qualifications or equivalent
Applicants are not required to have a degree or grades in music performance. As this is a non-genre specific programme, students are welcomed who can indicate competence in music performance through a number of means (performance profile, qualifications, teaching experience).

Overall, we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate:

  • A foundation in musical skills
  • A passion about creating music in the community setting
  • An interest in studying at the RIAM

To find out more, visit our our page on how to apply