Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance

  • Application deadline
    30 November (Early Bird rate)
  • Course duration
    Full-time for one year or part-time over two years
  • Course accreditation
    Trinity Accredited Course
  • Course fee
    €7,500
  • Course fee (non-EU/EEA)
    €16,000

Course Introduction

Our Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance (DipMus) is a widely recognised music qualification accredited by Trinity College Dublin that develops two deeply interconnected skills required by every professional musician. This flexible course provides a choice of performance or pedagogy focused pathways, and the option to study full-time for one year or part-time over two years, putting students in charge of their own specialism and pace of study. Year one of the part-time two year option is equivalent to a Certificate in Music Teaching and Performance (CertMus).

Regardless of the pathway you choose, our DipMus will train you to a high level in performance and pedagogy, allowing you to teach your instrument/voice while gaining a wide musical knowledge through classes in performance, musicianship and repertoire as well as seminars and masterclasses.

PERFORMANCE PATHWAY

The Performance Pathway is aimed at those interested in taking an intensive year to concentrate on performing, while developing the skills you need to teach students one-to-one, which can be an important way to supplement income for many professional performers across the world. The principal study on this pathway includes one hour of one-to-one tuition per week in your chosen instrument/voice. 

This pathway can act as a one-year post-degree qualification for those postgraduate students who didn’t specialise in music performance but wish to becoming an instrumental/vocal teacher or progress to Masters studies.

It can also act as a direct pathway into year 2 the RIAM Mus.B. Performance Degree subject to reaching the required performing standard.

PEDAGOGY PATHWAY

The Pedagogy Pathway is geared towards the teaching professional who also wishes to develop agility and confidence as a performer. Graduates will be qualified to teach in a variety of settings from conservatoires to the private teaching environment, and primary and secondary schools. The principal study on this pathway includes individual tuition for intensive study of your instrumental discipline, as well as some performance classes.

Many teachers are already busy practitioners in their field and do not have the time to spend a full year intensively studying. By studying part-time, teachers can continue with their practice while developing their skills and gaining a qualification with a more manageable workload. 

PERFORMANCE AND PEDAGOGY PATHWAY

It is possible to combine pathways by selecting specific modules. This selection is done in the orientation week prior to commencing the course.

Course Outline

The Diploma 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

Programme Learning Outcomes

  • Participate confidently in a wide variety of teaching performing situations from solo instrumental lessons to chamber music and larger ensemble coaching.
  • Teach as instrumental/vocal specialists in a variety of settings from conservatoires to private teaching environment and primary and secondary schools
  • 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
  • Compose and analyse short exercises using a wide range of compositional techniques
  • 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
  • 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 Kodály and Dalcroze)

Modules

There will be no mandatory allocation of modules in Year One or Two as all are stand-alone in nature, but students must pass their chosen combination of 30 ECTS worth of modules in Year One on the part-time course in order to progress to Year Two.

a = Performance pathway only

b = Pedagogy pathway only

Other modules are mandatory and shared between the two pathways

 

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
  • Lectures 1½ hours per week x 24 weeks contact + 2 reading weeks
  • Self-study 70 hours over 26 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
  • Group tuition 1 hour per week x 24 weeks + 2 reading weeks
  • Self Study 50 hrs over 24 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
  • 8 hours of practical lessons
  • 12 hours of observation
  • 105 hours of self-directed practice and learning

Performance Psychology

  • 6 Lectures x 1½ hours
  • Self study 96½ over Academic Year for RIAM Holistic Modules A-C

Career Strategy

  • 6 Lectures x 2 hours
  • Self study 96½ over Academic Year for RIAM Holistic Modules A-C

Yoga

  • 18 session over Academic Year
  • Self-study 72 hours over Academic Year for RIAM Holistic Modules A - D

 

Where a module is separated into (a) or (b), Performance Pathway students will take (a) modules and Pedagogy Pathway students will take (b) modules. 

Course handbook