Music Teachers & Professionals

RIAM’s Lifelong Learning offers a wide selection of professional development courses for music teachers and professionals. 

We are proud to offer programmes of study that are designed to inspire and refresh your working lives, and give you the opportunity to meet new friends and colleagues. 

Réamonn Keary
Sunday 9 August | 10:00AM-4:00PM

Key Skills Online 2020

Professor Réamonn Keary presents the RIAM's annual workshop for piano teachers, this time in an interactive online format. Throughout the day, Ray will cover all repertoire from the new RIAM 2021 Piano Albums, from Elementary to Grade VIII, performing and discussing all pieces, and offering tips on how to approach the technical and musical challenges in each.

Participants will also receive a copy of the Key Skills Handbook, containing annotated scores for all pieces from the new Piano Albums, and teaching notes for each grade by RIAM Chief Examiner Lorna Horan.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music are passionate about providing the best possible training to our own teachers, and this year will be extending the same opportunity to our fellow educators across the country, by opening up registration to our annual 3-day violin teacher training event with Simon Hewitt Jones and Caroline Lumsden of ViolinSchool.  Participants will gain all the practical tools and strategies they need teach violin confidently and effectively. Violinists will learn the fundamentals of sharing
Tuesday 25 - Thursday 27 August | 10:00AM-5:00PM

Violin Teacher Training

This year, the Royal Irish Academy of Music will be opening up registration to our annual 3-day violin teacher training event to our fellow educators. Participants will work with Simon Hewitt Jones and Caroline Lumsden of ViolinSchool, gaining all the practical tools and strategies they need to teach violin confidently and effectively. Violinists will learn the fundamentals of sharing their skills and their knowledge of the instrument with students, while experienced violin teachers will enhance their pedagogical approach with specialist training.

Participants have the option to attend in person or in an interactive online format.

Organ Pipes
Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm | Starts September 2020

Piano to Organ Conversion Course

RIAM Head of Early Music David Adams takes pianists through the fundamentals of organ playing in this six-week course, helping address the transferable skills that they already possess, and identifying unique features of the organ so that non-organ natives can get the most out of this beautiful instrument.

Ideal for pianists and music teachers who occasionally play with church music groups or for school masses, pianists who would like to build confidence to perform at special occasions like weddings, and for students with an interest in early music or a desire to become multi-instrumentalists.

RIAM Third Level Singer in Class
Sundays 1:00-4:00pm | Starts September 2020

Singing in Italian

An In-Depth Course for Singing Teachers

Native Italian-speaker, musician, and educator Annalisa Monticelli leads an in-depth course designed to aid the skilled professional in building on their Italian language skills and effectively passing those skills on to their students.

Using the Vaccai method and the 24 Italian Arias, participants will address common issues students may face when learning Italian pronunciation, and develop their own set of exercises to help students fluently perform Italian repertoire. Each topic will be covered through both discussion and performance, and by tackling both familiar and unfamiliar repertoire.