Creative Music Making is a 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. Creative Music Making is available as a stand-alone programme, and can also count towards degree study with the Open University. It is designed for instrumentalists and vocalists who participate in any genre of music and there are no auditions to gain entry. It is suited to those who make music regularly in a group or ensemble and who would like to further develop their skills.
The programme offers students the opportunity to receive face-to-face and online tuition from teaching staff from Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music in Greenwich. It 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. 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.
For further details, see our Programme Specification.
Teaching and Learning
How will I learn?
- The programme consists of 22 online units. Each unit provides reading and listening materials to reflect upon, exercises and ideas to take into your personal practice.
- Throughout the programme, you will be asked to record your own musical development through the use of a reflective journal and occasional audio recordings. This process will not require specialist audio equipment – a mobile phone or tablet, for example, may be an adequate recording device.
- There are 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 complement your learning.
- You will develop and contextualize your learning about practice through your personal involvement in music making within local group activities, observation of the music-making practices of others, online forum discussion and reflective practice tasks.
- Tutorial learning will be delivered in small groups, building on information you have already acquired through your personal study of the programme materials made available online.
- Your own practical experience is underpinned with theoretical knowledge to help develop your practical and observational skills and your creative responses to challenges.
Residential Learning Week
The residential learning week is an immersive practical course taking place between Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 April 2024 (inclusive) at our Faculty of Music in Greenwich. During the residential week, you will participate in group activity and engage with supporting academic discussions and debates; this will expose you to a variety of views and approaches current within the world of professional music practice.
How will I be assessed?
- You will be set four assessed formative assignments and a summative personal project, which you must pass to gain the Level 6 (Level 3 OU) Certificate qualification.
- The assignments will require you to demonstrate critical engagement with programme materials as well as wider research and listening in related subjects. You will be asked to describe how you have applied concepts and theories to your own musicianship, and with what result.
- You will not be assessed upon your performance ability, but on how you have engaged with and synthesised musical ideas.
- Assignments will be supported by regular online tutorials with a member of Trinity Laban staff, including group discussion with other students.
- You will receive regular and on-going feedback from staff through tutorials and discussion forums.
Practical Entry Requirements
- There is no audition for this programme however students should be actively involved in practical music making, including some form of music making with others (e.g. playing in a band, rehearsing as a duet) for the duration of the programme.
- Applicants not already involved in music making with others will be asked to note that successful completion of the programme will require them to find opportunities to participate in group music making on a regular basis. Confirmation of the students’ planned practical activities will be required prior to enrolment.
Academic Entry Requirements
We welcome learners from all academic and non-academic backgrounds. If you are unsure, we strongly advise you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org We’ll be happy to help and discuss the programme with you.
- Applicants are typically expected to hold academic credit at Level 5 on the FHEQ, normally acquired through prior completion of degree level study (Foundation degree, HND, DipHE or the second year of Bachelors degree study or equivalent).
- OU students must have passed A224 Inside music, A232 Music, sound and technology, A234
Understanding music, or A342 Central questions in the study of music before studying this module,
and should have completed stages 1 and 2 of their degree
- For others, this prior learning may be demonstrated in the following ways:
- Music study at Level 5 or above in another institution (you may, for example, have studied for an academic music degree in the past and now wish to focus more on performance)
- Study at Level 5 or above in a related subject combined with significant experience of practical music making (e.g. regular music making for 2 years or more)
- Equivalent entry qualifications or professional experience may be considered for entry to the programme, subject to completing the Institution’s RPL procedures.
- Applicants for whom English is not their first language should demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to a pass at Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level IV, GESE Levels 7-9, IELTS 6.5 overall (min. of 6.0 in all areas). Equivalents from other English language course providers may also be considered.
- Students must play an instrument or sing (at any standard in any genre) and make music regularly
with at least one other person, who does not need to be a student, throughout the programme.
Fees and Finance
Fees for Creative Music Making 2023/24 are £4,100. This includes standard accommodation and meals during the residential week.
Payment of fees can be made in full or in three equal instalments due on the following dates:
September 28th 2023 Payment 1
December 4th 2023 Payment 2
February 5th 2024 Payment 3
Payment is made via Trinity Laban’s online web payment system upon acceptance of offer of a place and prior to enrolment.
Creative Music Making is eligible for Student Finance. Please see our FAQs for further details.
Tuition fee debt
By enrolling on a programme of study online, you are entering into a contract with Trinity Laban and are bound by the information detailed here which outlines the deadlines and financial expectations should you decide to change status, or terminate your studies.
In the event that you have not paid the due fees or discharged any other financial obligation to the Institution, Trinity Laban reserves the right cancel your registration and remove you from your programme of study, cancel the awarding of any degree or certification, and reserves the right to take action to recover outstanding monies.
A fully enrolled student who has opted to pay by instalments must make all payments by the agreed dates. If a student does not make the second or third payment by the due date, their access to the Creative Music Making VLE will be suspended. They will be notified by email of any outstanding debt or sanctions applied.
The Finance Office will inform the Director of Music of those students whose access to the VLE is being suspended. The student will not have access to the VLE re-enabled until payment has been received.
If tuition fees remain outstanding after the end of the academic year, the debt will be actively pursued by the Finance Office Credit Controllers, and the matter will also be passed to a debt collection agency.
How to Apply
Applications to Creative Music Making 2023/24 are via UCAS Conservatoires.
Our conservatoire code is T75 and the course code 501M. 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 £27 applies. Please note the application cycle for this programme differs from most conservatoire programmes and applications are currently open and will remain so until Sunday 10 September 2023 (for entry in October 2023).
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. The UCAS application system also asks for the names of two referees, who contacted would be willing to provide a reference for you.
There is no audition for the Creative Music Making programme.
Late applications will be considered – late applicants are advised to directly contact AdminCPMM@trinitylaban.ac.uk.
After completing the Creative Music Making programme, students may wish to progress to further study towards an Open University degree, such as the OU BA (Hons) Music, or (subject to successful audition) to further study at Trinity Laban on the Foundation Certificate: Music, the Postgraduate Diploma, The Teaching Musician or other programmes. In order to progress to further study at any level, you must pass all elements of assessment.
To find out about our recent CMM Alumni and their experience of the programme, visit the Alumni Testimonial page.
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The whole course surpassed my expectations, in every way. It provided me with an opportunity to learn about subjects that I would shy away from or find difficult to engage in and learn…the course provided me with a safe space where I felt secure to practice the new opportunities, because of the support from everyone.
21/22 CMM Student
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Residential Learning Week
Included within the programme fee is the Residential Learning Week at our World Heritage site home in Greenwich. For students beginning study in 2023, the residential will be Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th April 2024 (inclusive).
It was probably the happiest I’ve ever been performing. Everyone in my group was so invested and enjoying themselves. I’ve never performed so confidently before. It was amazing!
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