The PTC 2018-19 Course

The Course is a 10-month, part-time course, held over 3 residential weekends and 5 single days: from September 2018 through to June 2019 – and requires additional personal independent study throughout the academic year. There will be some pre-preparation during September – with recommended pre-course reading available in late July.

Course Dates


  • Orientation day:               Saturday 29th September
  • A residential weekend:     Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th October (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday 25th November


  • A study day:                     Sunday 27th January
  • A residential weekend:     Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th February (1 night)
  • A residential weekend:     Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th April (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday 26th May
  • A performance day:          Sunday 23rd June

Key Course Information – links

Minimum course requirements

Students must be at least 18 years of age, and have:

  • Passed Grade 8 piano, or higher. We will need to see a copy of the Certificate
  • At least two established piano pupils – not family members – prior to enrolment
  • Proficient Word processing skills, email & internet access – and a willingness to embrace further IT skills
  • The commitment to attend all course dates, as it is specifically participatory. It is not available on-line
  • Sufficient home time to enable completion of necessary personal development and the course assignments to deadline

The Course Aims

Through a comprehensive programme of lectures, workshops, seminars, group activity, independent study, practice and written assignments – course students will be guided to:

  • Become self-reflective and heighten awareness of their own teaching and teaching issues
  • Absorb current ideas about good practice in piano teaching from a wide range of music educators and piano specialists
  • Read, listen to and appraise recommended reading and listening materials
  • Create realistic and well-structured learning programmes
  • Develop their ability to communicate with and assist a wide range of pupils
  • Recognise the value of the teacher’s own experiences as a performer
  • Enhance their pianistic skills, both technical and artistic
  • Understand and develop strategies for dealing with performance tension
  • Develop both general musicianship skills and study skills

Course Assessment

Formative Assessment is predominately based on the written assignments, which have a strong practical component, and are designed to help students develop their educational thinking and extend their teaching and performing skills.

The assignments require students to demonstrate a sound grasp and practical application of course material, and to reflect critically on it. They also require students to appraise their own practices and think creatively.

A non-assessed preparatory assignment helps students learn how to plan, structure and present their work.

Active participation in workshops and informal concerts is also taken into account.

To look at the assignment requirements in greater detail, please go to: Course Assignments



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