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, working alongside our world-renowned tutor team. The Certificate is available as a stand-alone programme, and can also count towards degree study with the Open University.
Designed for instrumentalists and singers who participate in any genre of music, the programme is ideally suited to those who have learned to sing, play or write music without gaining a formal qualification in practical music making, those who wish to return to music making after a time away or those who make music regularly in any kind of ensemble or group. 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 while contributing toward degree study at The Open University. It is also open to those not registered with The Open University as a stand-alone programme.
The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making (CPMM) programme is designed for both serious amateur and semi-professional musicians from any musical discipline or genre. The programme is also relevant to musicians from less formal and/or traditional musical backgrounds wishing to develop their skills and knowledge prior to consideration of entry to more formal practice-based and/or informed training routes.
In addition to being available as a stand-alone Trinity Laban 60 credit Level 6 Certificate award, credit acquired on completion of this programme will also be accepted by the Open University (under a collaborative credit agreement) as 60/120 (i.e. 50%) of the Level 6 credit required for completion of an OU BA (Hons) Arts and Humanities degree. For participating OU students, credit and marks obtained from the Certificate programme will be transferred directly into their student record.
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
The programme consists of 22 online units. Each 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.
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.
Students will develop and contextualize their learning about practice through their own personal involvement in music making within local group activities, observation of the music-making practices of others, online forum discussions and reflective practice tasks. Tutorial learning will be delivered in small groups, building on information already acquired by students through their personal study of the programme materials made available online. Throughout the programme, students’ own practical experience is underpinned with theoretical knowledge to help develop their practical and observational skills and their creative responses to challenges. During the residential week, exposure to performances by outstanding musicians, participation in group activity and engagement with supporting academic discussion and debate will expose the students to a variety of views and approaches current within the world of professional music practice.
Residential Learning Week
The residential learning week is an immersive practical course for all students running Friday 6 April – Wednesday 11 April 2018 (inclusive).
Based at King Charles Court, home to Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music and part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, the residential will provide opportunities to apply your learning through practical activities alongside other students of the programme. Led by an internationally acclaimed teaching team from Trinity Laban and the Open University, the week will include ensemble based music making, tutorials, lecture recitals and workshops, leading up to an informal performance at the conclusion of your time in Greenwich.
Accommodation for the residential learning week, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided within the programme fee.
After completing the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making, students may wish to progress to further study towards an Open University degree or (subject to successful audition) to further study at Trinity Laban on the Independent Study Programme (ISP), the Postgraduate Diploma, or other programmes. In order to progress to further study at any level, you must pass all elements of assessment.
Our graduates go on to follow careers in solo, ensemble and orchestral performance, composition and arranging, creative project work, instrumental/vocal teaching, community project work, collaborative projects with other media/art forms, postgraduate performance/composition study, other related postgraduate study or PGCE.
You will be set four assessed assignments and a personal project, which you must pass to gain the Level 6 (Level 3 OU) Certificate qualification. These 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
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
For entry, applicants are usually 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). For Open University students this may be gained by successful completion of the Open University module A224: Inside Music. 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.
Fees and Finance
For the academic year 2018-2019, the tuition fees are:
|Part-Time (1-year programme)||£3,475|
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to inflation and changes in government policy.
Accommodation and Living Costs
This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
For specific information regarding finance for this programme (including Student Finance Applications), please see our FAQs.
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the Fees and Finance section.
|Location||Distance learning (with some attendance)|
|Start Date||October 2018|
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