- Studying on The Teaching Musician programme
- Contact Training Dates
- Fees and Finance
- Student Support
- Application Process
PG Certificate, PG Diploma or full MA - Which should I choose?
Which qualification you choose will depend on how intensely you would like to study, and how much time you are willing to commit. It is possible to start off with the PG Certificate only and then progress to the Diploma or Masters at a later date by adding on blocks of study. Please see below for possible routes through The Teaching Musician programme:
BLOCK A: Certificate Modules
BLOCK B: Contemporary Practice Modules
BLOCK C: Personal Project Modules
Please refer to the Programme Brochure for a full description of these blocks of study.
What is the most popular route to completing the MA?
Most of our students choose to complete the MA over 3 years, taking Block A in year 1, Block B in year 2 and Block C in year 3 to spread the workload.
Do I have to do my selected modules in a particular order?
If you choose to enrol on the one-year programme, you will be required to keep to the single-year training and assessment timetable. This is to ensure that you successfully acquire all the credits needed to complete the programme in a single year.
If you are enrolled onto the flexible programme option, no specified module route applies. You may take modules in any order and spread your module choices as you wish, although starting with Theory into Practice 1 is recommended.
Where can I do my placement?
The 20-credit Placement Module as part of Block A offers you the opportunity to diversify your experience, through working in an unfamiliar context that is different to your current practice. Your placement supervisor and Trinity Laban's Learning and Participation Department will support you in identifying an appropriate placement. Past students have enjoyed placements with organisations such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Drake Music Scotland, Gateway School of Mumbai (Special Needs), Sound and Music and Junior Trinity. Many other students have found placements with their local schools and music hubs.
How many students will be on the programme with me?
Enrolment numbers vary but we usually attract a cohort of around 30 students across the 3 Blocks of different ages, backgrounds, musical specialisms and points in their career. Around half of the students are studying Block A and attend the training weekends and the other half are completing Block B and/or Block C. All students have contact with each other via discussion forums on Moodle, Trinity Laban's online learning environment.
I am an international student. Can I still apply to the programme?
We welcome applications from international students. International students would still be expected to attend the compulsory face-to-face training dates in Greenwich, London (this would be 4 weekends over 1 or 2 years for the PG Certificate programme). For these, you can apply for a short-term study visa.
Please note that as The Teaching Musician programme is considered a part-time course, international students are not eligible for a Tier 4 student visa.
Approximately how much time per week will I have to commit to studying?
This depends on both the duration of study and qualification you choose. As a rough guide, 10 credits = 100 hours of study. So if you were to take Block A (worth 60 credits) over 1 year, you would do around 600 hours of study across the year.
What does the accreditation mean?
The Teaching Musician is accredited by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
When a programme is accredited it means that it has gone through a robust validation and quality assurance procedure. The programme has been scrutinised by a range of professionals to ensure it adheres to institutional standards, will meet the needs of learners, and fits within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
The QCF is a framework for England, Northern Ireland, and Wales, referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The EQF is a meta framework intended as a reference so that qualifications are understood across member states.
The QCF/EQF categorises study at different levels starting at Entry, progressing through Degree and Master's, to Doctoral study at Level 8. The Teaching Musician is a Level 7 qualification. This means the content, assessments, and delivery are set at a postgraduate (or post-degree) level.
Where do the contact training dates take place?
All of the contact training dates for all blocks of study take place at Trinity Laban's Faculty of Music in London. Our Faculty of Music is based at King Charles Court, Greenwich, SE10 9JF and is part of the stunning Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, which also includes the historic town centre, Royal Park, and the Old Royal Naval College. See our Find Us webpage for transport guidance to the Music Faculty.
Do I have to attend all the contact training dates?
The training dates are an essential element of whichever blocks of study you choose to do, and attendance is compulsory if you wish to complete the module assessments. If you choose to complete the Block A programme flexibly, you can complete all 5 modules over 2 years instead of 1, giving more flexibility to attend the training weekends. For example you may attend weekends one and three in year 1 and two and four in year 2. This option could work best for musicians who have a very busy and unpredictable work schedule or who have heavy family commitments.
What are the contact training dates for 2020?
20-21 February 2021
BLOCK A (PG Cert) Weekend One
7-10 April 2021
BLOCK B Contemporary Practice Easter Course
11 April 2021
BLOCK C Personal Project Modules Presentation & Teaching
29-30 May 2021
BLOCK A (PG Cert) Weekend Two
24-25 July 2021
BLOCK A (PG Cert) Weekend Three
30 Oct – 31 Oct 2021
BLOCK A (PG Cert) Weekend Four
17 Dec 2021
BLOCK B Contemporary Practice Viva Date
What times do typical training days run?
Our typical weekend teaching days run between 9.00h and 17.30h, however there are occasionally optional twilight sessions.
What are the 2021 Programme Fees?
BLOCK A Certificate Modules (1 year)
BLOCK A FEE: £2,050
(instalment cost: £513 x4)
BLOCK A Certificate Modules Flexible (2 years)
Annual Registration Fee: £85
Payment by module (5 Modules Total) at:
£460 (2021 price)
£480 (2022 price)
BLOCK B Contemporary Practice Modules (1 Year)
BLOCK B FEE: £2,050
(instalment cost: £513 x4)
Learning Mentor additional fee for 1-1 instrumental/vocal/composition lessons: £800
BLOCK C Personal Project Modules (1 Year)
BLOCK C FEE: £1,790
(instalment cost: £448 x4)
International Academies Route
STUDY BLOCK FEE: £1,210
Only available to students who have completed the Trinity Laban International Academies Intensive 6 day programme
Do fees have to be paid upfront or can I pay in instalments?
Students can now opt to pay for 1 year programmes in full, or in instalments to spread the cost of study on Blocks A, B and C. Payment will be made in 4 instalments throughout the year of study and the first instalment should be paid before enrolment.
When study is undertaken over a longer, 'flexible' period, payment is made per module in our online shop with an additional registration fee of £85 each year. Although slightly more expensive overall, the flexible option allows for fees to be paid by module, and therefore spread payment over the duration of the programme. Please note that we offer flexible programme fees on the Block A Certificate modules only.
When are the deadlines for instalment payments?
To give you an idea of how instalment payments are scheduled across the year, see below for 2019 deadlines:
Please note that if you choose to take 2 blocks in one year or add on instrumental lessons as part of Block B, the full cost of your programme for that year will be divided equally across the 4 payment dates.
Friday 7th February 2020
Friday 8th May 2020
Friday 7th August 2020
Friday 6th November 2020
Are my programme fees refundable?
Tuition fees for The Teaching Musician PG Cert/PG Dip/MA are non-refundable. When students accept their place on the programme, they are committing to pay the fees in full, even if they decide to terminate their studies before completion. In the unlikely circumstance that Trinity Laban must change the dates of training weekends, students will be offered the opportunity to switch to alternative modules and may, where necessary, be allowed a longer period in which to complete the programme.
For flexible pathways, where modules are paid for in advance and students later find themselves unable to attend, fees may in some instances be carried forward to an alternative training weekend, at the discretion of Trinity Laban. This will only be possible where alternative places are available and where this will not disadvantage other students. For this reason, as much notice as possible should be given.
Can my employer pay my fees?
Yes. We offer a fee discount to students whose employers either:
a) Subsidise programme fees in full or in part
b) Pay fees for 3 or more employees in one year
Employers who wish to take advantage of this offer should please contact us in advance of the application deadline with details of the staff they wish to support.
Whether or not your employer is passing on some or all of the cost of course fees to you (e.g. through payroll), we ask them to pay the full amount. It is not possible for us to invoice an employer for part of the fee, and the student for the rest.
For more information about Employer Discounts and how Trinity Laban works in partnership with employers to support professional development of music teachers, please visit our webpage for Employers or contact Elizabeth Green at email@example.com
If I apply but then cannot commit to the programme, can I defer my place for the year after?
Unfortunately, we do not offer deferrals for The Teaching Musician programme. This is because applicants are normally assessed according to their current teaching practice, which can change year to year. You would need to apply again and pay the fees set for the year you intend to study with us.
Is there any financial support available for this programme?
If you wish to undertake the MA, you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to help with programme fees. More information and eligibility.
Please visit gov.uk to find out about Professional and Career Development Loans.
You may be eligible to apply to Arts Council England as part of their Grants for the Arts programme.
Another web page that may be useful is the Prince's Trust's page on other funding sources.
What additional support is on offer to Trinity Laban students?
Once you are enrolled on the programme, you will have access to our student support services and resources (with the exception of practice and rehearsal rooms unless taking instrumental lessons as part of Block B). These include our library and IT services, careers advice, health and disability support, counselling, and access to the student union. You will also have the opportunity to engage and take up a student placement with our Learning and Participation Music department, which runs a range of different programmes, classes, and training days in partnership with local schools, music hubs, and other organisations. At the first training weekend, you will receive inductions to both the Library and Moodle, and information on how to get support and assistance remotely throughout the duration of the programme.
I have disclosed a health condition/impairment. What support can I access for my studies on The Teaching Musician?
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 they may have in relation to your enquiry, application or audition and interview.
Do I have to apply through UCAS Conservatoires?
Yes, we are only able to accept applications through UCAS Conservatoires. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 for more than one choice (payable when applying to UCAS Conservatoires).
What is the deadline for applications?
Applications for 2021 entry open at the end of July and close at 5pm on Monday 30 November 2020. We would encourage you to apply early as applications are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note the application deadline for this programme differs from those of undergraduate music programmes listed on UCAS Conservatoires, as the programme runs on a different academic cycle (February to February).
What are the UCAS Conservatoire course codes I need to apply for the Teaching Musician programme?
The Teaching Musician programme sits under course code 500P. You will need to quote this code when submitting an application through UCAS Conservatoires.
Once you have decided which route you wish to take through the programme and your preferred duration, this should be included in your personal statement within the application form (see the diagram of routes through the programme above). You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to help with programme fees if you wish to undertake the MA (please note that the PG Cert and PG Dip alone are not eligible for postgraduate loans). More information and eligibility.
What should I include in my Personal Statement?
Your personal statement within the UCAS application form should include details of any current and previous teaching, workshop leading or other music education practice, why you have chosen to undertake the programme and what you hope to achieve along with any long-term aspirations.
Does this programme offer Qualified Teaching Status (QTS)?
No, this programme does NOT offer QTS.
Does this programme offer Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)?
No, this programme does NOT offer FHEA for 2021.