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Developing a Toolkit for Instrumental and Vocal Teachers

Broaden your knowledge of current issues and trends relating to the instrumental/vocal teaching and learning environment.


Whether you would like to enter the instrumental and vocal teaching profession, or are an experienced teacher who wants to learn new strategies in music education, this course is for you!

Join expert educator Grainne Deery on this interactive, lively and varied online course between September and December which will explore the following themes:

  • The role of the instrumental and vocal teacher in the 21st century
  • The reflective practitioner
  • Cultivating a musical approach to teaching and learning
  • Developing musicianship and aural skills
  • Creative teaching and practice strategies
  • ICT in music education
  • Lesson planning and assessment
  • Learning differences and styles
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and access in music education
  • Health and wellbeing

This course promises to broaden your knowledge of current literature and research relating to the teaching and learning environment.

The course is open to those who wish to undertake assessment (reflective journal, extended task and class presentation) to achieve 5 ECTS credits from Trinity College Dublin (level 7 of the NFQ). We also welcome those who wish to audit the course without taking any assessment. All students will receive a certificate of completion from the RIAM. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Articulate the role of the instrumental teacher from a theoretical and practical perspective
  • Articulate general pedagogical principles
  • Develop a clear personal teaching philosophy
  • Plan and evaluate instrumental lessons for pre-college instrument/vocal students
  • Identify and describe in detail the stages of musical development in the context of instrumental teaching
  • Competently deal with common issues that can arise in the instrumental lesson
  • Undertake research and present findings in oral and written format to peer groups and/or other specialist /non-specialist audiences


Ability: Training/beginner or qualified instrumental/vocal teachers

Age: 18+

Tech: A laptop, tablet or phone with a camera and good internet connection


‘I would highly recommend this course. Over the 12 weeks we covered so much. It was great to up-skill and would be a great course to do if considering the DipRIAM. As an instrumental teacher, it can feel quite isolating so it is nice to have this community of teachers (and now friends!) to correspond with.’


‘This course was an exciting introduction to the world of the twenty-first century instrumental teacher and I would highly recommend it to teachers who would like to improve their knowledge of instrumental pedagogy and music teaching.’


‘This course has given me the guidance and support I needed to begin my career as a piano teacher. I now feel more confident teaching and find that my lessons have more structure, working towards both the short-term and long-term goals of the student. As well as this I am now part of a new network of teachers who I plan to stay in contact with.’


‘If you feel somewhat inadequate as an instrumental teacher, this is for you. I thought I'd be a small fish in a big pond here but I had just as much to contribute as anyone else. I think we learned as much from each other's experiences, as we did from the course material itself, and everyone had something to add.’

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