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Trinity Laban launches national partnership with leading university

Tue 8 March 2016

A new partnership between Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and The Open University has been launched to provide opportunities for those who love performing music to develop their passion.

‘The Practice of Music Making’ Certificate combines distance learning with face-to-face teaching by experts at a tailored one-week residential course at Trinity Laban in Greenwich. It is designed for musicians wanting to improve their performance skills and enhance their understanding of their artform. The Certificate taps into the huge growth in participatory music-making in recent years, such as seen in the success of the BBC documentary The Choir and its subsequent spin-offs.

The Certificate, which begins in October 2016, brings together the expertise of a two top UK Higher Education Institutions for the first time. The Certificate* can be completed as a stand-alone programme, or can contribute towards degree study at with the OU. As it is mainly delivered via distance learning, the programme is accessible to those who require flexibility in where and when they study.

Director of Music at Trinity Laban, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, said:

“Trinity Laban is widely acknowledged as a world leader in music education. We have long history of excellence in training performing musicians and of making high quality learning opportunities available to those who might not otherwise be able to access them. This unique collaboration with the OU will allow for a new community of learners, who share our passion for music, to benefit from the teaching skills of the outstanding practising musicians on our staff, as well as accessing the facilities of our World Heritage Site home in Greenwich.”

Head of Department of Music at The Open University, Catherine Tackley, said:

“Whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur, a self-taught creative artist, or someone in the music industry who doesn’t have a recognised qualification at this level, the Certificate offers you the opportunity to reflect on and develop your practice as a performer.

Partnering with Trinity Laban is fantastic for our music students at the OU as it provides the ideal complement to their studies with us and a setting for musicians, whatever their background, to flourish.”

Trinity Laban are collecting the details of those interested in applying to the programme, in advance of opening for applications later in the year. To register your interest please visit our website.

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