Developing a Toolkit for Instrumental and Vocal Teachers

  • Course Date
    13 Sept - 6 Dec 2021
  • Course duration
    12 Weeks
  • Application deadline
    12 Sept 2021
  • Course time
    Mondays 6.00pm-8.00pm
  • Course venue
  • Course fee
  • Course Tutor(s)
  • Subject Taught
    Career Development

Course Introduction

Whether you would like to enter the instrumental and vocal teaching profession, or are an experienced teacher who wants to learn new strategies in music education, this course is for you!

Join expert educator Grainne Deery on this interactive, lively and varied online course between September and December which will explore the following themes:

  • The role of the instrumental and vocal teacher in the 21st century
  • The reflective practitioner
  • Cultivating a musical approach to teaching and learning
  • Developing musicianship and aural skills
  • Creative teaching and practice strategies
  • ICT in music education
  • Lesson planning and assessment
  • Learning differences and styles
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and access in music education
  • Health and wellbeing

This course promises to broaden your knowledge of current literature and research relating to the teaching and learning environment.

The course is open to those who wish to undertake assessment (reflective journal, extended task and class presentation) to achieve 5 ECTS credits from Trinity College Dublin (level 7 of the NFQ). We also welcome those who wish to audit the course without taking any assessment. All students will receive a certificate of completion from the RIAM. 

Course Outline

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Articulate the role of the instrumental teacher from a theoretical and practical perspective
  • Articulate general pedagogical principles
  • Develop a clear personal teaching philosophy
  • Plan and evaluate instrumental lessons for pre-college instrument/vocal students
  • Identify and describe in detail the stages of musical development in the context of instrumental teaching
  • Competently deal with common issues that can arise in the instrumental lesson
  • Undertake research and present findings in oral and written format to peer groups and/or other specialist /non-specialist audiences

Entry Requirements

Ability: Training/beginner or qualified instrumental/vocal teachers

Age: 18+

Tech: A laptop, tablet or phone with a camera and good internet connection