Making the most of your CPD

We posted previously about the importance of continuing development for teachers, and why learning is vital at all stages of life. Read that post here.

This week, we are focusing on CPD in general, and how to make the most of yours.

There are many courses, workshops, conferences and other events available of varying lengths and on a whole range of different topics for piano teachers. Afterwards though, how are you able to demonstrate to potential students and employers that you have invested valuable time and money into your own professional development?

Piano Teaching Professional DevelopmentThis is an extremely important consideration, and was highlighted to us by the first-hand experience of a PTC graduate:

‘I recently applied for a piano post in a school and they told me that they only shortlisted candidates with recent professional development. My time on the PTC definitely counted. It’s great to see that the PTC are now offering Continuing Professional Development in this competitive job market!’

DG, PTC Student 2017-18

Keeping a Professional Portfolio is one of the most effective ways of utilising your collective CPD attendance and qualifications and keeping them all easily accessible if you need to demonstrate evidence of CPD. It can feature anything from formal qualifications (degrees, diplomas, certificates) to single-day workshops. Some employers will want to know how it has contributed to your professional development, and may ask for this so it’s useful to keep a record of everything you’ve done, and perhaps with a short write-up afterwards of your experience, including something you already knew, something that was completely new to you, and something you plan to implement in your teaching right away.


And did you know, your CertPTC, DipPTC or PTC Certificate of Professional Development is a fantastic addition to your professional portfolio? This shows employers that you are dedicated to advancing your knowledge and professional network, and gives you a whole host of practical skills to boot!

The topic of Professional Portfolios is one close to our hearts, and PTC students are required to put together and present their own as an assignment submission during the year. The benefit is that, if they already had one, it is reviewed with expert advice and updated, and if they didn’t, it is now ready to go when needed!

The Piano Teachers’ Course UK is now offering a series of online modules, full of invaluable teaching tips from the PTC Principal Tutors. You can also apply for a Certificate of Completion – which can be included in your Portfolio! For more information, visit the page.

BRAND NEW for 2019-20

We are now offering a parallel, fast-track LRSM Coaching Course which can be taken alongside your DipABRSM preparation!

Keep an eye out for updates, and contact Lucinda ( or Rhiana ( if you’d like to know more.

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