Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance

  • Application deadline
    1 December
  • Course duration
    1 year
  • Course accreditation
    Trinity Accredited Course
  • Course fee
  • Course fee (non-EU/EEA)

Course Introduction

The Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance trains effective and confident practical music teachers in the one-to-one teaching setting. The course offers a professional Diploma qualification accredited by Trinity College Dublin.

You can complete the course as a full time student over one year, or part-time over two years. The academic year is 30 weeks with lessons and classes coming to about 12 hours per week. Part-time students would have an approximately 6 hour weekly load over two years.

    The Diploma in Music Teaching and Performance course provides students with three alternative study pathways:

    • It can act as a stand-alone course, attracting advanced school leavers who wish to spend a year studying music intensively. It will provide you with a high standard of playing, solid musicianship and teaching techniques, and a qualification that allows you to teach your Instrument/Voice
    • It can act as a one-year post-degree qualification for those postgraduate students who didn’t specialise in music performance but wish to immerse themselves in a seriously focussed performance programme prior to Masters studies, or becoming an instrumental/vocal teacher
    • It can act as a direct pathway into year 2 the RIAM B.Mus. Performance degree subject to reaching the required performing standard

    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

    Two pathways are available to Diploma students according to their professional interests:

    • Performance Major with Pedagogy Minor for those who wish to focus a greater proportion of their time on developing performance skills
    • Pedagogy Major with Performance Minor is geared towards the teaching professional who also wishes to develop agility and confidence as a performer

    Performing Opportunities

    Course handbook