Course Assignments

Please note that the information below is for the year 2017-18. It may alter for 2018-19.

Module A:  Practical Piano Teaching

Personal Development Plan

To begin your own Professional Development Plan (PDP) for yourself as a piano teacher. Starting on the first course w/e, it continues throughout The PTC and could extend for a further three to five years.

Lesson Observation and Reflection Assignment

Students to observe and reflect on three lessons given by recommended piano and other music teachers.

Essay Assignment – 3,000 words

Students to select a title from several options to explore current thinking and develop their own teaching in the relevant area.

Teaching Assignment – 3 videos and supporting documentation

Students undertake a full Case Study with a chosen pupil, putting the PTC Guiding Principles and course ideas into practice, and reflecting on and evaluating the teaching process, with the help of a Teaching Diary*.

Professional Portfolio Assignment

Students compile a Professional Teaching Portfolio to include a specified list of documents.

*Teaching and Practice Diaries: Students are required to keep a note book to hand to jot down plans, thoughts and observations as they teach and practice, to help support their Assignments.

Module B:  Pianism and the Piano Teacher 

Grade 1-3 Performance Assignment

Students to prepare a Grade 1-3 piece for performance. A brief record of the preparation process in the Practice Diary*, an introduction and analysis of the piece, and the experience of a live performance will provide valuable preparation for the Grade 6-8 Performance Assignment.

Grade 6-8 Performance Assignment

200 word programme notes, a 2,500 word analysis and a 700 word post performance reflection

Students spend 9-10 weeks preparing a Grade 6–8 piece of 2-3 minutes in length – to perform on the final course day. Supported by programme notes, an analysis – including comparison of two recordings by different artists – and a final post performance reflection.

 

 

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