The PTC 2020-21 Course

The Course is a 10-month, part-time course, held over 3 residential weekends and 5 single days: from September 2020 through to June 2021 – 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.

We offer two levels of Certificate…

  • The Cert PTC – the full course c/w all assignments
  • The Certificate of Professional Development – the full course without the written work

Who is it for?

The PTC welcomes all pianists and piano teachers looking to deepen their knowledge and keep up to date with the latest developments in today’s piano teaching. You may have many years of experience behind you, or may be considering a new career change, or perhaps are now looking to grow your studio and increase your number of students. Whatever your stage or goals, the PTC is sure to help you develop confidence in both teaching and performing, enhance your skills, and help to increase the enjoyment of your pupils.

Course Dates


  • Orientation day:               Saturday 26th September
  • A residential weekend:     Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th October (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday 22nd November


  • A study day:                     Sunday 24th January
  • A residential weekend:     Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st February (1 night)
  • A residential weekend:     Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th April (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday 30th May
  • A performance day:          Sunday 20th 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

NB: If you have yet to pass your Grade 8, one of the PTC Tutors may be able to help you with pre-course preparation. Just contact the Administrator via the contact page for further advice.

The Course Aims

Through a comprehensive programme of lectures, workshops, tutorials, independent study, as well as practical and written assignments, you will be guided to:

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