Certificate: The Practice of Music Making

The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making, is a new one-year programme developed by Trinity Laban in partnership with the Open University. It offers adults with a passion for music the opportunity to develop their practical music making and performance skills. It is delivered through distance (online) learning plus a residential learning week at Trinity Laban’s World Heritage Site home in Greenwich. The Certificate is available as a stand-alone programme, and can also count towards degree study with the Open University.

Applications to the programme starting in October 2016 are now closed. Applications are now open for study starting in October 2017 via UCAS Conservatoires.

The Certificate is designed for instrumentalists and singers who participate in any genre of music and there are no auditions to gain entry. It is ideally suited to those who make music regularly in a group or ensemble and who would like to further develop their skills. You might be an army musician, jazz, folk, rock or pop performer, sing in a choir or play in an orchestra, for example. It is suitable for those who have learned to sing or play music without gaining a formal qualification, those who wish to return to music making after a time away, or who have previously studied music and who wish to further develop their performance skills.

Read more about this programme in the following sections:

Programme outline

  • One year of part-time study of c. 16-18 hours per week
  • Four modules of distance (online) learning undertaken individually by students between October 2017 and May 2018
  • Weekly reading, listening and practical tasks to enable you to apply new ideas to your own music making, alone and with others
  • Online group tutorials and discussion forums
  • A residential learning week in Greenwich, London, Fri 6 – Wed 11 April 2018, to further develop practical skills and make music with others on the course
  • Four written assignments and a personal project submitted with associated audio material

Is this programme for me?

  • YES, if you wish to develop your knowledge and understanding of musical practice, rehearsal, communication and creative expression
  • YES, if you play an instrument or sing, in any genre, and make or perform music regularly with others
  • YES, if you are willing to commit to a formal, ‘bite size’ programme of degree level study, requiring 16-18 hours per week, with written and recorded assignments
  • NO, if your primary interest is in developing technical skill on your instrument or voice; the Certificate course does not include instrumental or vocal tuition
  • NO, if you make music using technology (only) or are not committed to regularly making music with other musicians, as this would exclude you from elements of the course

What will I study?Smiling woman with upright bass

The programme will support you to develop your practical skills, knowledge and understanding of musical practice, ensemble music making and musical performance. It does so by exploring a range of ideas and approaches developed by other musicians, before applying these to your own music making. Please note that the programme does not include specific tuition on your instrument or voice, but focuses on transferable musical skills relevant across genres and disciplines.

Areas studied will include:

  • Evaluating and refining your own performances
  • Exploring approaches to practice, preparation and performance
  • Communication skills, such as in rehearsing and making music with others
  • Creativity and interpretation
  • Creative technologies
  • Arranging music for your ensemble
  • Planning performances and developing an audience

Please see the Programme Brochure for full information.

Fee (all students)

The programme fee for 2017/18 is £3,350. This includes the cost (including accommodation and all meals) of the residential learning week.

Our standard programme terms and conditions apply.

This does not affect your rights under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

This programme is eligible for Student Finance England providing you are not undertaking other concurrent Student Finance England funded study. The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will not provide funding for this programme as it does not meet their eligibility rules.

How do I apply?

Applications to The Practice of Music Making 2017/18 are via UCAS Conservatoires. As well as providing information about any prior qualifications you hold, you are asked to attach a personal statement, outlining any other relevant experience, your reasons for wishing to enrol on the programme, and your current or planned musical activity. A standard UCAS application fee of £24 applies.

There is no audition for the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making programme.

Please contact us if you need any further information or visit our FAQs section.

Developed in partnership with the Open University.

The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making is validated by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Summer term 2016). 

Open University logo