Trinity Laban is proud to be a pioneering organisation, which has successfully applied groundbreaking methods to its vocational music and dance training. The following case studies demonstrate three innovations first introduced by Trinity Laban that have had a far reaching impact on teaching in the UK and throughout the world, often leading to the emergence of similar models in other institutions.
Transitions Dance Company
Established in 1983, Transitions Dance Company was the first graduate training company of its kind to be established in the United Kingdom, specifically designed to bridge the gap between study and elite performance practice.
Transitions Dance Company tours extensively, both nationally and internationally and works with three world leading choreographers each year who remain resident with the company while it develops its annual tour programme. In recent years these choreographers have included: Ederson Rodrigues Xavier, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Theo Clinkard, Bawren Tavaziva, Zoi Dimitriou, Miguel Pereira, Lauri Stallings, Tom Dale and Augusto Corrieri.
Transitions alumni work as leading dance artists, choreographers and curators, and many graduates have also gone on to perform for many of the major dance companies.
CoLab, Trinity Laban’s intensive annual collaboration laboratory, is a designated two week period when students and staff work together across art forms on student-led performance-based projects, mentored by leading artists/practitioners from the worlds of fine art, theatre and business as well as music and dance.
Significant CoLab mentors have included: Michael Kliën, Austrian choreographer and artist, Emma Stenning, theatre producer, John Tilbury, pianist, Stephen McNeff, composer, Bill Barclay, Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe and The Puppini Sisters, close harmony vocal trio (two of whom are alumni).
Part study and part festival, CoLab provides a dynamic context in which students and staff are encouraged to take artistic risks, push creative boundaries, engage with existing works in new and surprising ways, create new work and to experiment and collaborate across art form boundaries. The result is a vibrant programme of both informal and large scale performance events. The ideas and energy generated by CoLab resonate throughout the year.
The Teaching Musician
The Teaching Musician Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma is the only accredited course of its kind, designed for a multi-national cohort, which provides professional development and specialist training to those working in music education. Music teaching and leading, whether one-to-one or in groups, workshops or masterclasses, is an essential element of the portfolio career of any musician, and the course offers a vital opportunity for musicians to share ideas and to grow professionally.
As well as training innovators in music education, The Teaching Musician exists to set an authoritative standard of excellent professional practice in teaching. This carefully designed course includes elements such as remunerated internships, mentoring and intensive weekends of study. It is designed to fit flexibly around existing work commitments and to allow students to undertake professional development around their teaching and performing. Various options also exist to allow students to choose their own pathway according to their career goals.