The PTC 2019-20 Course

The Course is a 10-month, part-time course, held over 3 residential weekends and 5 single days: from September 2019 through to June 2020 – 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

Course Dates – coming soon


  • Orientation day:               Saturday ??? September
  • A residential weekend:     Thursday ??? – Sunday ??? October (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday ??? November


  • A study day:                     Sunday ??? January
  • A residential weekend:     Saturday ??? & Sunday ??? February (1 night)
  • A residential weekend:     Thursday ??? – Sunday ??? April (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday ??? May
  • A performance day:          Sunday ??? 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, 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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