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Advanced Piano Teachers' Course

Applications are now open for the
Advanced Piano Teachers' Course

Apply by June 30th to save £345

other discount options available

Are you?

  • An established piano teacher looking for the next level of professional development?

  • Hoping to take a licentiate teaching diploma and looking for the right course to prepare you for this?

  • Interested in deepening and extending your understanding of the processes of teaching and learning?

  • Ready to develop your own musicianship skills and further your pianism and performance skills?

If so, we would love you to consider applying for our Advanced Piano Teachers' Course.


At the PTC UK our expertise is in designing courses specifically for piano teachers. We have been training and equipping teachers since 2007 including running programmes for those preparing for previous teaching diplomas. The newly created Advanced Piano Teachers' Course offers training for experienced and committed piano teachers. In addition to deepening and extending your teaching and pianism, we will help prepare you for any UK licentiate diploma if you choose to undertake one at the end of your studies.  We have an exceptional team of Principal Tutors and guest lecturers, and in addition to course days spread over ten months, you will have regular access to your own personal tutor across 12 months.


We are confident that our course offers unique and exceptional value for money and there is no other course designed solely for Piano Teachers. 

For more information, please contact us:

The Advanced Piano Teachers' Course takes place over twelve months - September to August. Course days are a hybrid combination of residential sessions and on-line study days with additional individual tutorial time between students and their own personal tutor. All course days can be attended online if preferred. Residential days normally take place during UK school holidays, although it should be noted not all UK regions have the same holidays. The timetable varies from year to year but normally follows a similar pattern. 


If applying as an online participant, all dates below can be attended virtually or you may watch recordings of the sessions later on. If applying to attend in person with single days online, please note the information below.


Residential days take place at The Purcell School of Music in Bushey.  Click here for more information.

How the course is structured



Saturday 28th September 2024 - Orientation Day, in person/online

Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th October 2024 - Residential Weekend (3 nights), in person/online

Sunday 24th November 2024 - Single Study Day, online

Sunday 19th January 2025 - Single Study Day, online

Monday 17th - Wednesday 19th February 2025 - Residential (2 nights), in person/online

Sunday 16th March 2025 - Single Study Day, online

Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th April 2025 - Residential Weekend (3 nights), in person/online

Sunday 18th May 2025 - Single Study Day, online

Saturday 21st June 2025 - Single Study Day, in person/online

September 2025 - Awards Ceremony (date tbc)

Course Dates 2024-25

Minimum Requirements
  • You are aged 21 or over.

  • You have passed Grade 8 piano or above. We will need to see a copy of the certificate.

  • You have already completed the Cert PTC Course or can demonstrate that you teach with a multi-sensory and reflective teaching approach.

  • You are teaching a minimum of 5 pupils on a regular basis.

We recommend all students take piano lessons (online or face-to-face) from a teacher who is experienced in preparing students for performance diplomas. All PTC Tutors can offer such lessons, as required.

Course Content

The Advanced Piano Teachers' Course is holistic in its approach and will be delivered in four modules.  In every module there will be assessed assignments.

Module 1:Planning and reflecting on your teaching

In this module you will be asked to do three case studies across three or more months and one of these case studies will be assessed. 

Module 2:​ Expanding your piano teaching knowledge

You will be required to present a review of chosen teaching resources or resources you have created yourself and produce an essay outlining your approach to key aspects of piano teaching.


Module 3:​ Deepening your musicianship and pianistic skills

This module includes three performances and, in addition to preparing for the performances, you will need to submit written analyses for each of your chosen pieces as well as programme notes.

Module 4: Strengthening your professional understanding and profile

In this module you will produce a robust, licentiate level professional portfolio. You will also be asked to research areas of special interest to you and present and discuss your findings with the tutors and your fellow course students.

For a more detailed overview of topics and assignments and to discuss your requirements, please contact our manager:

Topics Covered Include:

Planning for progression, including:

- How to reflect on your teaching

- Goal setting

- How to give feedback

Piano teaching knowledge, for example:

- Developing creative teaching strategies and resources

- Selecting and levelling repertoire

- Holistic/multi-sensory teaching of repertoire

Musicianship and pianism, including:

- performance

- musical analysis

- aural awareness

improvisation and playing by ear

Professionalism and profile, such as

- creating a mission statement

- organising a professional studio portfolio

- research and presenting

- establishing yourself as a leader in your field

Course Aims

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

  • Hone their skills in holistic/multi-sensory piano teaching.

  • Become experts in planning and reflecting on their own teaching and in developing paths of progression for their pupils.

  • Develop all aspects of musicianship, pianism and teaching to licentiate levels​.

  • Raise their own profile and professionalism to leadership levels, helping to redefine the piano teaching profession.

Course Content
Course Aims
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