The Teaching DipABRSM

is a natural follow-on from the Cert PTC – and a pre-requisite for the ABRSM Teaching Licentiate, or Teaching LRSM

PTC now provides coaching to enable you achieve it…

There are two strands available to take the TeachingDip.

  1. For Cert PTC Alumni who took the course after 2013-14
  2. For everyone else

The dates are the same as for the Cert PTC and we recommend attending all sessions. 

There are three sections to the Teaching DipABRSM

  • Section 1          Teaching Skills Viva Voce
  • Section 2.1       Written Submission
  • Section 2.2       Quick Study

Candidates must obtain at least a Pass in each of the three sections.

Section 1: Teaching Skills Viva Voce – 60% of the total marks

You must demonstrate your understanding of the principles of piano teaching, and of a variety of teaching approaches and strategies. You must be familiar with, and bring to the exam, a wide variety of teaching materials, some of which will be the graded ABRSM syllabus up to and including Grade 6. You must also be prepared to perform extracts and demonstrate teaching and learning issues from at least three current Grade 6 pieces.

Topics for discussion will include Musical Outlook, Technique, Pedagogy, Your Written Submission, Repertoire, Style and Interpretation, History and Background of the Piano and Professional Values and Practices.

Section 2.1: Written Submission – 25% of the total marks

If you are a PTC Graduate and took the course in 2013 or later, you have already gained a Pass for this section because the PTC essay became an approved substitute for the Teaching DipABRSM Written Submission then. HOWEVER, should you wish to achieve more than a Pass, you can select a topic from a number of titles which we have shortlisted from the ABRSM’s list, and write 1,800 words (plus or minus 10%), with PTC guidance.   

Section 2.2: Quick Study – 15% of the total marks

You have five minutes to look at a new piece of Grade 5-6 in standard, and then play it well enough for pupils to be able to grasp it, and decide whether or not they want to learn it.

What will the PTC do to help me achieve this qualification?

We recommend you attend all of the PTC lectures in 2019-20. If you are a Cert PTC graduate you will certainly need to attend a minimum of 75% of the course days if you graduated before 2013. If you are not a Cert PTC graduate you will need to attend all course days.

To support you throughout, you will be assigned a Tutor and Tutor group that focuses specifically on the TeachingDip syllabus – and as always when you study with PTC, you will each be given specific help with your individual needs.

You will also be able to take a mock Teaching DipABRSM exam on Sunday 24th May 2020.

When can I take my Teaching DipABRSM?

This is up to you, although we will give you guidance. If you wish to take it at the end of the next academic year, in July 2020, please bear in mind that your sight reading needs to be nearly of the required standard for the Quick Study now – otherwise you will need to devote a lot of practice time throughout the year.

Pre-requisites for the Teaching DipABRSM

  • To have at least Grade 8 piano – and be playing comfortably at that level
  • Grade 6 theory – ABRSM only


There are two fee strands take the Teaching DipABRSM.

  1. For Cert PTC Alumni who took the course after 2013-14: Fee £1,600
  2. For everyone else – Fee £2,750. Please click HERE for a separate booking form

Booking – for PTC Alumni

OPTION A: Payment in Full

  • Non-refundable deposit with application of: £550
  • Balance in full by 20th September 2019

OPTION B: Payment by Instalment

  • Non-refundable deposit with application: £550
  • 1st instalment due 20th September 2019: £550 or £750
  • 2nd instalment due 31st January 2020: £500 or £750
  • 3rd Instalment due 31st March 2020: £500 or £700

How to Pay

  • By Direct Bank Transfer – with reference “DipABRSM 2019-20 Deposit/Full Payment/Instalment 1/2/3”
  • Sort Code: 30-94-92 – Acc no: 19961560 – Acc name: The Piano Teachers’ Course UK

PTC Alumni – please complete the booking form below:

Your Name (required):

Your Address (required):

Your Postcode (required):

Your Landline (required):

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Your Music Background - tell us about your progress since graduating from the PTC (required):

Are you?

a post 2013 PTC Graduate
a pre 2013 PTC Graduate

Do you have Grade 6 theory?


Are you a member of any of the following organisations?

None of the above

Do you have any Dietary Requirements:

Do you have any Medical Conditions (e.g. allergies, epilepsy, asthma, physical disabilities, mental health issues and on-going medication) which may affect you during the course:

Which Payment Plan do you wish to pay by?

Payment in Full by Friday 20th September

Payment by Instalment

Now that you have successfully booked, payment details are included in your confirmation email. 

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