Studying on the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making

The style of music I play and / or work in is not western classical music. Is the programme for me?

Yes. The programme focuses on the practice of music making with others regardless of genre.

Is the programme suitable for vocalists?

Yes. The programme is suitable for any instrument or voice in any genre.

How much time should I allocate to my study each / day week?

We expect the programme to require an average of 16-18 hours per week of study, including independent study and practical music making. This can by scheduled flexibly by you – there are no set learning hours.

What kinds of activities will study include?

Your study will include weekly reading, listening, online group tutorials and discussion forums, practical tasks and reflection, independent research and work towards assignments.

How will I undertake my distance learning?

Your online study will be undertaken through Moodle, Trinity Laban’s virtual learning environment. You will be able to access Moodle from home. You will also need to be able to use appropriate software to write and edit documents, download resources, send and receive email and undertake research using the Internet.

In addition, you will need to undertake tasks independently. These will take the form of reading and research as well as musical activities, such as changing your approach to personal practice or preparing for a rehearsal differently.

You will also need to undertake a personal project which puts new skills and ideas into practice. This might, for example, mean organising, rehearsing for and performing a concert or making a recording.

What form does assessment take?

You will receive regular and on-going feedback from staff through tutorials and discussion forums.  Formal assessment will take place through four written assignments and a personal project with associated audio material uploaded via the Virtual Learning Environment. Support for students is provided.

Will I sit a practical music examination?

No. Assessment is via written assignments and a personal project only.

Can I book practice rooms at Trinity Laban?

CPMM students will only able to book practice rooms at Trinity Laban's King Charles Court site during the Easter Residential week.

Will I be issued with a Trinity Laban student ID card?

CPMM students, as distance learners at Trinity Laban, will not be issued with a student ID card. You will be provided with your student identification number when you enrol and will be provided with an access card for the King Charles Court site for the duration of the Residential.

How many students will be studying on the Certificate?

The programme is designed to accommodate a cohort of 60+ students.

What does subject to validationmean?

The programme is currently undergoing validation which is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2016. This is part of the official process of recognition for all new Higher Education programmes.

How long do I have to complete my studies?

The programme starts in October 2016. Distance learning activities continue until May 2017 when final assignments will be due for hand in. You will receive feedback within 3 weeks and final assessment results will be ratified by the end of July 2017.

Completion may take longer if, for example, you are required to re-take an assessment or your study is interrupted due to circumstances such as ill health. The maximum period of time allowed for completion is 3 years.

Will the programme definitely run?

The programme will run subject to the recruitment of a minimum cohort. In the unlikely event that we are unable to run the programme due to lower than anticipated student numbers any fees paid will be refunded in full.

Is the programme open to international students?

Yes. Overseas students are responsible for ensuring they meet UK Visa and Immigration requirements to travel and attend the residential learning week.

Is the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making eligible for Tier 4 visas?

No. As a part time and distance learning programme the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making is not eligible for Tier 4 Visa.

Support for Students

What support do you offer students?

All students studying with Trinity Laban on the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making are able to access a range of support. This includes an online induction programme, an individual tutor contactable online, via email or phone; online information and advice covering a range of study tools and careers advice.

I am an Open University student. Can I continue to access student support via the Open University?

Yes. As part of our agreement with the Open University, students who are registered with the OU can continue to access the Open University Student Home online student portal while studying towards the Certificate. From here students are able to access general study resources, careers advice, information about study skills, computing skills, planning their studies, etc.  OU students will also have access to the Arts Student Support Team, where they can get help with any queries relating to their OU studies. OU students are of course able to also access support relating to the CPMM programme modules through Trinity Laban.

I am disabled. What support can I access for my studies on the Certificate: the Practice of Music Making?

Trinity Laban has considerable experience in supporting students with a range of disabilities including sensory impairment, neuro-diverse conditions, mental health problems, long-term illness and mobility difficulties. Trinity Laban invites disabled applicants to contact the Disability Coordinator to discuss any particular requirements you may have in relation to your enquiry, application or audition and interview.

Fees and Student Finance

What are the programme fees?

Our 2016-17 fees are £3,280 (all students)

How do I pay my fees?

Fees can be made in full or in three payments, due as follows:

Payment 1:  £1093.33 - 5 Sept 2016.
For applicants applying after 5 September: details of your payment deadline will be provided when any offer of a place is made.

Payment 2: £1093.33 - 9 Dec 2016

Payment 3: £1093.34 - 3 Feb 2017

Payment is made via Trinity Laban’s online web payment system.

Are Certificate: The Practice of Music Making fees eligible for Student Finance?

This programme is eligible for Student Finance England

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will not provide funding for this programme as it does not meet their eligibility rules.

Are fees refundable?

Our standard programme terms and conditions apply, a copy of which is available on the Trinity Laban website

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

Does the fee include all costs of the residential learning week?

Yes. Attendance on the residential aspect of the programme, including the costs of all accommodation and meals, is included within the programme fee. You will be responsible for the costs of your own travel to and from home, between venues once you arrive and any additional social or cultural activities you wish to undertake during the week.

Do you offer any fee bursaries or financial awards?

Unfortunately we do not currently offer any bursaries or funding for study on the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making 2016/17.

Residential Learning Week

King Charles Court, Royal Navy College, Greenwich, London

What are the dates for the residential learning week 2016/17?

The residential learning week will take place from Friday 7 to Wednesday 12 April 2017. These dates are inclusive.

For reference Easter bank holidays 2017 are as follows: Good Friday 14 April; Easter Sunday 16 April

Do I need to attend the residential learning week?

Yes. Attendance at the residential learning week is an essential part of your studies. Students should attend for the full period of the residential, which leads to a performance and includes support for assignments. The absence of individuals may disadvantage other students or impact on assessment results. We recognize, however, that some personal circumstances may prevent this from being possible. Where this is the case, please inform us.

I will be unable to attend the residential learning week for reasons of poor health, disability or other personal circumstances. Can I join the course?

Yes. Please contact us to discuss alternative study options for learners unable to participate.

Where is the residential learning week held?

The 2017 residential will take place at King Charles Court, home to Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music within the Old Royal Naval College and part of Greenwich’s historic world-heritage site. The final residential learning week performance and sharing will take place at Blackheath Halls in the nearby village of Blackheath.

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Who are the teaching team for the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making?

Curriculum content for the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making has been devised and developed by the staff of both Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music and the Open University, drawing upon their world class subject expertise and professional experience.

A detailed tutor list for the residential learning week will be provided to students in early Spring 2017, and will also be available via the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making web page.

Are the Faculty of Music’s buildings accessible?

All of the Conservatoire’s study facilities are accessible for wheelchair users. A limited number of our rooms (because of the historic nature of the building) do not have level access, however, appropriate accommodation will be utilized for all elements of the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making programme.

Students will be asked for information to confirm their access requirements prior to the residential learning week to ensure that residential activity is programmed according to the needs of individuals.

What can I expect in a typical day on the residential learning week?

A typical day will commence at 9am with final activities extending into the evening (with regular breaks for refreshments).

A detailed timetable for the residential learning week, including arrival and departure times, will be available on the website later in the year and all registered students will receive a detailed outline of the residential learning week schedule in early Spring 2017.

What will I be doing during the residential learning week?

The residential learning week content will include seminars, performances, lecture recitals, workshops, rehearsals and tutorials, developing your skills in an immersive environment. There will be an informal performance on the evening of 11 April at Blackheath Halls, Trinity Laban’s concert hall.

Is accommodation provided?

Yes. As a student on the programme you are automatically booked onto the residential learning week. This includes 5 nights’ accommodation (with breakfast), the costs of which are included as part of your programme fee and paid for by Trinity Laban. (Please note this does not include any additional ‘charged to room’ costs, e.g. room service charges, which you will be required to pay for upon check-out).

Where is the accommodation?

Ibis Greenwich, 30 Stockwell Street, Greenwich, London SE10 9JN

Located in the heart of historic Greenwich, the Ibis hotel is 5 minutes by foot from the Faculty of Music.

Are meals for the residential learning week included?

Yes. Breakfast is included with your accommodation (please speak with the hotel at check in to clarify service times and menu options). Lunch and evening dinner will be provided.  We will contact you prior to the residential learning week to confirm details of any special dietary requirements you may have.

Is the accommodation offered accessible for wheelchair users/ those with limited mobility?

Yes. The accommodation is all level access. There are a limited number of adapted rooms suitable for those with limited mobility

Is Wi-Fi provided?

Wi-Fi is offered on site throughout Trinity Laban. You will be provided with log in details on arrival.

Ibis Greenwich also offer Wi-Fi at no additional cost.

Can you provide parking at the Faculty of Music site?

Parking spaces are very limited at the Old Royal Naval College, so we are only able to guarantee parking spaces for Blue Badge holders. For those playing large instruments we are able to offer parking spaces / drop off provision on arrival and departure days.

Some parking, bookable in advance, may also be available at the accommodation. Students will need to make their own arrangements for this.

Do I need to bring my instrument with me?

Yes. Much of the residential learning week involves practical music making for which you will need your instrument (should you be an instrumentalist).

I need an amp. Will this be provided?

We are able to provide a limited number of amps for use by students on the residential learning week. We will contact all students in advance for details of instrument played / voice type to confirm arrangements and what you should bring.

Do I need to bring a music stand?

No. Music stands are provided.

Can I leave my instrument at the King Charles Court? 

We encourage you to keep your instrument with you. Where this may not be practicable, e.g. due to size of instrument, we are able to offer instrument storage on site. Although we will do our best to ensure your instrument is secure, please make sure your instrument is comprehensively insured. All items left onsite will be at the owner’s risk.

Is there anything else I should bring to the residential learning week?

We will write in advance with details of anything you need to bring. You will need something with which to make notes and you may also wish to bring a recording device with you.

Can I book practice rooms during the residential learning week?

Students studying on the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making are able to book practice rooms during the residential learning week (only).

Applications Process

Is there an audition for the programme?

No. Application is via the Trinity Laban website.

Is there an application fee?

For entry in October 2016 there is no application fee. An application fee will apply to the programme for entry in October 2017 and beyond.

What is the deadline for applications?

Our deadline for applications to the 2016 programme has now been extended to 1 October 2016. Applications are assessed on a first come, first served basis.

I have previously studied with the Open University. Can I apply to the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making through them?

No. Although the programme has been developed in partnership with the Open University, you need to apply directly to Trinity Laban.

How are applications assessed?

Applications are reviewed by our Programme team who will consider your prior musical experience, your musical plans for the year ahead and your aspirations. We will contact you if we require further information in relation to your application or if we feel that it may not be right for you. Otherwise, we will contact you to offer you a place on the programme.

I haven’t previously studied with the Open University. Can I still apply?

Yes. The Certificate may be taken as a standalone programme and does not require you to enroll with OU.

I am an OU student, do I need a minimum level of prior credits?

OU students pursuing degree study should have passed 120 credits at OU level 2 including A224 (or its predecessor A214), before embarking on the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making.  This is in line with the OU's standard policy of requiring students to progress through the three stages of their degree in order.  OU students who commenced their studies before Sept 2012 may not have taken 120 credits at level 2 but must still have passed A224 (or A214) before embarking on the Certificate. 

Do I need to be making music with others to apply?

Yes, or you need to be intending to start doing so as part of your studies. The curriculum focuses on this element of music making and as such you will not be able to fulfil the assessment requirements without being actively involved in shared music making during your studies. 

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