Trinity Laban launches unique vocational programme for worldwide music educators

Summer Mix 66 July 2013 Photo Credit - James Keates

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance today launched a unique, accredited professional development programme for people working in music education and participation around the world, following a successful pilot earlier in 2013.

The Teaching Musician is a new vocational and flexible postgraduate professional development programme with two streams available - Instrumental/Vocal Teaching; and Creative Education Practice. The programme will place practical approaches and skills within the context of relevant theory and the sharing of effective practice. It is specifically designed to complement working life, with face to face teaching taking place over four weekends. An additional work placement offers opportunities to develop practice in an alternative setting. Between teaching weekends the programme provides engagement with other students, ideas, skills and approaches, through Trinity Laban's Virtual Learning Environment, accessed online and students will also undertake a range of written and practical assessments.

Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, Trinity Laban's Director of Music, said: "We have already built a worldwide reputation for the quality of our teaching, both for music students and music educators looking to enhance their continuing professional development. Anyone thinking of enrolling on The Teaching Musician programme can be confident that they are receiving the highest quality training at a postgraduate level."

Andrea Spain, Trinity Laban's Head of Learning and Participation (Music), said: "The support and development of the music education workforce is one of the most valuable contributions we can make to widening participation in musical learning and the music profession.

"On completing this new programme music educators can expect to have refreshed and developed their practice and consolidated a range of new teaching and leadership skills. They will have explored new ideas, learnt new approaches and developed their knowledge of educational and participatory settings. We know that music educators can become isolated in their working lives and The Teaching Musician provides the opportunity to converse, observe and learn from others, developing collaborative skills which will support their professional career."

Matthew Daniels, a UK music education and culture consultant, and a member of the consultancy group for the pilot said: 'Trinity Laban's innovative 'The Teaching Musician' is a significant new opportunity for music educators who want to develop their skills and expertise.  The programme offers a thorough range of learning, a great balance of practical and theoretical, and the opportunity to really study, understand and contribute to the music education sector.'

The Teaching Musician starts in February 2014, and applications will be opened in mid-November 2013. A special discounted price of £1,395 is available for those completing the Certificate in its first year and becoming the first to hold this new qualification.

The programme

The Teaching Musician is for experienced music leaders, instrumental or vocal teachers, community musicians, animateurs or any musician working in learning or participatory settings, within or outside of the UK.

The PG Certificate consists of four training weekends in London, combined with personal study supported by online discussion forums and resources, and a placement. It may be taken within one year, or through a flexible pathway over a longer time period, with either path being designed specifically for working practitioners.

The PG Diploma consists of the PG Certificate plus two additional distance learning modules, and will be available September 2014. Students completing the Diploma may transfer onto Trinity Laban's MA in Music Education & Performance, subject to audition.

For those not wishing to commit to the accredited programme, our training weekends are available individually as high quality CPD Short Courses (without subsequent assessments).

The Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL) was developed by Trinity Laban and the Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership, and the PGCE Musicians in Education was developed via a partnership between Trinity Laban and University of Greenwich. The Teaching Musician Programme is the first major initiative within our new Music Professionals CPD programme.

The opening of this programme is currently subject to validation by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of
Music and Dance.

For more information please visit  /study/music/the-teaching-musician-postgraduate-diploma-and-certificate

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