Guitarist, shallow focus


Application procedure

Closing dates: These are available on the Closing dates and fees page for RIAM Exams. 

How to apply: You can make your payment on the RIAM Teaching Network website. Once this is complete, please send an email to to confirm your application.

Candidates for DipRIAM will also need to obtain written consent from any of their students (or parent/guardian for students under 18) who are used in the teaching videos submitted as part of the exam. 

The DipRIAM Handbook and consent form are available to download below.

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.