The Piano Teachers' Course UK
12 years of leading professional development for piano teachers worldwide
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.
If you live overseas and are unable to attend the course in person, please get in touch with us using the Contact Form to discuss your options for taking the course online.
Course Dates: 2020-21
We are able and prepared to deliver the course online if required in 2020-21.
Saturday 26th September 2020 (recommended in person)
Thursday 22nd October - Sunday 25th October (in person)
Sunday 22nd November (online)
Sunday 24th January 2021 (online)
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st February (in person)
Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th April (in person)
Sunday 30th May (online)
Sunday 20th June (recommended in person)
September 2021 - Awards Ceremony
Aged 18 or over
Passed Grade 8 piano or equivalent. We will need to see a copy of the certificate;
At least two established 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