The Piano Teachers’ Course Launches ‘PTC Online’

PTC Online is a brand-new initiative bringing you
easy-to-follow video tutorials and exclusive downloadable content from expert tutors Lucinda Mackworth-Young, Graham Fitch, Sally Cathcart and Ilga Pitkevica.

This series of in-depth online learning modules has been developed in partnership with the Practising the Piano Online Academy and is based on content from The Piano Teachers’ Course UK.

This series of in-depth online learning modules has been developed in partnership with the Practising the Piano Online Academy and is based on content from The Piano Teachers’ Course UK.

The tutorials bring you world-class guidance and handy teaching tips to view, download and use at your convenience!  There are 6 modules available, covering teaching beginners, practising, piano technique, improvisation and playing by ear, and psychology for teaching and learning.

If you have wondered how to instil a genuine and long-lasting love of music in your beginner pupils, or you’ve been baffled about how to teach good technique even at advanced level, help is now available all in one place! The videos with accompanying downloads allow you to progress through each module at your own pace, return to the materials as often as you like, and start using the information straight away in your teaching.

One particular topic that teachers often shy away from is playing by ear and improvising.  Wouldn’t it be great if it didn’t feel so intimidating, and if you could teach it to your own students?  In her tutorial, Anyone Can Improvise,  Lucinda Mackworth-Young will guide you through a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to harmonising familiar songs and giving you the tools and confidence to create music on the spot that makes people stop and ask, ‘What’s that wonderful piece you’re playing?’ 

To give a taste of what you can expect from the videos, the introductory sections of Anyone Can Improvise, and the first two videos of Graham Fitch’s Practice Tools and Piano Technique lecture series are freely available and can be viewed using the links below.

These modules are all included as part of an Online Academy subscription or can be purchased individually. A complete bundle of all six is also available and can be purchased at an additional 50% off (exclusive to PTC followers until 28th June 2019):

Click here to buy the complete bundle for £30.00, a saving of 50% or use voucher code UGAR9QRAF667 at our store (valid until 28th June 2019). Alternatively, if you’d like access to these modules along with a further 300 articles, hundreds of videos, musical examples and downloads then you may wish to subscribe to the Practising the Piano Online Academy. Click here to sign-up and save £20 on an annual subscription or click here to find out more about subscription options.

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    1. Posted June 22, 2019 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      I have been interested in the PTC course for many years but the distance from Manchester has always worked against it. Can teachers who complete the Online Course still obtain the official qualifications that those who actually attend in person receive? And how would such a qualification be confirmed, ?

      • Rhiana Henderson
        Posted June 25, 2019 at 8:51 am | Permalink

        Hi Rose,

        Thanks for your message! We are currently working on something like this. The CertPTC is only available to those who attend the full year-long course in person, but it is certainly possible to benefit from the tutors’ expertise through the new online modules and you may be able to gain a CPD certificate on completion of the requirements (under discussion). If you’d like to know more, feel free to email me at

        Best wishes,
        Rhiana Henderson

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