The Piano Teachers' Course UK
15 years of leading professional development for piano teachers worldwide
Applications for 2022-23 are now open
A 1-year, part-time course for new and experienced piano teachers. Whether you are just beginning a career, changing from another profession, or have years of experience teaching piano, The Piano Teachers' Course UK has something for you, and the extensive expertise of our tutors will equip you with a world of new teaching tools to grow and continue developing your teaching practice.
It is now possible to take this course entirely online. Please specify this option when you apply.
Final date for applications for 2022-23: Friday 16th September, 2022
Course Dates: 2022-23 (dates may change)
If enrolling as an online participant, all dates below can be attended virtually or you may watch recordings of the sessions later on. If enrolling to attend in person with single days online, please note the information below.
Saturday 24th September 2022 - Orientation Day, in person
Saturday 22nd - Tuesday 25th October 2022 - Residential Weekend (3 nights), in person
Sunday 20th November 2022 - Single Study Day, online
Sunday 22nd January 2023 - Single Study Day, online
[Exact dates TBC] February 2023 - Residential Weekend (2 nights), in person
Saturday 1st - Tuesday 4th April 2023 - Residential Weekend (3 nights), in person
Sunday 21st May 2023 - Single Study Day, online
Saturday 24th June 2023 - Final Performance Day, in person
September 2023 - Awards Ceremony (Date TBA)
Aged 18 or over
Passed Grade 8 piano or equivalent. We will need to see a copy of the certificate;
At least two piano pupils throughout the course;
Proficient Word-processing skills, email and internet access.
NB: If you have yet to pass your Grade 8 piano, 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.
We recommend all students take piano lessons from a teacher who is experienced in preparing students for diplomas in performance. All PTC Tutors can offer such lessons, as required.
The Piano Teachers’ Course UK is holistic in its approach, and is delivered in two modules: Practical Piano Teaching (September-February course days), followed by Pianism and the Piano Teacher (April-June course days).
TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:
Where have we come from and where are we going?
- A look at the history of the piano and piano teaching in relation to your own philosophy, principles and practice for teaching in the 21st century
First years at the piano
- Inspiring and creative approaches
- Recommended tutor books
Resources and repertoire
- Beginner, intermediate and advanced pupils, including those with special needs
Multi-sensory teaching methods
- Imagery and imagination
- Dance and Dalcroze
Playing by ear and improvising
- Simple steps
- How to teach both regularly, so your pupils can play with and without notation
Style and interpretation
- Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, 20th Century, Jazz and Contemporary music
Practice tools and techniques
- Beginner, intermediate and advanced pupils
Preparing for performances
- Safe Circle duet, trio and solo performance opportunities
- Inspired and informative performances from the tutors
- Promoting a positive atmosphere in teaching, learning and performing
Running a teaching practice
- Developing studio policies
- Dealing with difficulty
- Promoting your business
Through a comprehensive programme of lectures, workshops, tutorials, independent study, and practical and written assignments, course students will be guided to:
Become self-reflective, and deepen and develop your piano teaching and performing skills
Absorb current ideas about good practice in piano teaching from a wide range of music educators and specialists
Read, listen to and appraise recommended reading and listening materials
Create realistic and well-structured learning programmes
Develop your ability to communicate with and assist a wide range of pupils
Recognise the value of the teacher’s own experiences as a performer
Enhance your pianistic and performing skills, both technical and artistic
Understand and develop strategies for dealing with performance tension
Develop both general musicianship and study skills