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Application procedure

Closing dates: DipRIAM applications coincide with RIAM Live Exam sessions. These are available on the Closing dates and fees page for RIAM Exams. 

How to apply

You can make your application by clicking the 'Apply Now' button, below.

Pre-requisite checklist for your application

  • You must be over 18 at the time of making the application
  • You have attained an Honours in Grade 8 practical exam (or equivalent)- you will be asked to provide a copy of the certificate
  • You have attained an Honours in Grade 6 Theory exam (or equivalent)- you will be asked to provide a copy of the certificate
  • You can confirm that you have been given permission by all relevant parties named/recorded in case studies and videos (provided as part of your exam submission)
  • You can provide a copy of your case study videos and documents within 7 days of making your application

Please note that the videos and documents you provide must be in a specific format: .mov, .mp4 for videos; .pdf, .docx, .jpg for documents

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The DipRIAM focuses primarily on the process of teaching and learning and qualifies you to teach students up to and including Grade V. The strength of the DipRIAM is the extent to which it acknowledges and values the role of the teacher, as well as the importance of creating an effective teaching and learning environment.

By using videos and case studies as part of the basis for assessment, the DipRIAM represents an exciting and innovative approach to achieving a teaching qualification.

For the practical demonstration element you will need to prepare six pieces from the RIAM Grade V syllabus. We believe that there are sufficient technical and musical demands in these pieces to test your ability to teach up to this level.

The syllabus places much emphasis on cultivating a musical approach to teaching and learning. It also recognises the diversity of teaching styles and approaches that successful teachers have adopted. Consequently this syllabus encourages you to find and explore the style and methods of teaching which suit you best.

The cycle of planning, reflecting, and evaluating will help you to think about how to approach specific techniques, and how to cultivate musicality in your students.

The syllabus is deliberately tailored around the Local Centre graded exams syllabus. Consequently, many of the online resources provided by the RIAM website will be of direct relevance and assistance to you.

We recommend you explore the Exam Supports and Teaching Supports section of our website in preparation of the case studies, videos, and Grade V pieces.