Teachers help others realise their goals and ambitions. Our university level teaching diplomas are comprehensive, practical and industry-relevant qualifications designed to equip you for peripatetic instrumental teaching. Focusing on teaching from a hands-on perspective, the course uses practical demonstrations and covers academic and sector-specific knowledge.
LTCL Instrumental/Vocal Teaching is a diploma in which the depth of response is equivalent to that achieved on completion of the final year of a full-time undergraduate course at a higher education institution.
This qualification provides evidence that candidates can plan and deliver programmes of instrumental/vocal teaching appropriate to individuals and small groups from beginners to advanced players/singers, and evaluate their own effectiveness as a teacher with full responsibility for the learning environment. Based on a combination of documented experience, personal research, critical reflection and live demonstration of their skills, they demonstrate that they can promote musical and technical development for individuals or small groups across a wide spread of attainment and prior experience, with full awareness of the values and principles that underpin the profession.
Details of qualification
Expected standards LTCL Instrumental/Vocal Teaching is a diploma in which the depth of response is equivalent to that achieved on completion of the final year of a full-time undergraduate course at a higher education institution.
This course is commensurate to the third year of a degree and requires you to work independently, undertake research and assess your growth as a music teacher through practice and reflection. It is a blended form of delivery from within our learner management system (LMS), along with time spent with an MLC Mentor and individual development through your own practice.
execute work effectively with a high degree of professionalism, taking full responsibility for the learning environment
engage effectively with a range of students in the teaching studio, showing sensitivity to individual needs
teach and illustrate music drawn from a wide variety of styles
demonstrate sophisticated awareness of the material they are working with, including its relationship to graded music examinations
demonstrate a high level of creativity and originality in developing and presenting musical materials and concepts, including developing students’ own creativity
demonstrate excellent command in communicating subject knowledge, alongside commensurate confidence in developing the skills and knowledge of learners
plan work to achieve and evidence set goals, providing inspiration and motivation to ensure progress
demonstrate awareness of the relevant legislation and professional values
reflect critically upon their own practice and that of others, adjusting their practice in the light of self-evaluation or feedback
The table of assessment criteria at the end of this section shows how marks are awarded to measure these outcomes.
Structure and marking scheme This qualification comprises two units, both of which must be passed for successful completion of the award:
Unit 1: Teaching experience (submitted materials — 8,000 words)
Unit 2: Practical applications (demonstration, initiative test and viva voce)
To achieve a pass overall, candidates must achieve a pass in both units. The pass mark is 60% of the marks available. To achieve a distinction, candidates must pass both units and achieve an overall mark of 80% or above.
Units 1 and 2: Assessment objectives Unit 1
Candidates should demonstrate:
a professional knowledge and understanding of a substantial range of effective teaching strategies which they can draw on when handling complex and unpredictable situations considerable personal research in the field, responding to issues arising from substantial experience, and proposing original solutions that reflect a developing personal philosophy the ability critically to reflect on their own practice and that of others.
The minimum age for entry to LTCL Instrumental/Vocal Teaching and Music Teaching is 21.
Evidence of employment as a teacher for at least 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time using the Verification form. Prior approval in writing from the Music Team at Trinity’s central office of the programme, dissertation or body of work to be presented.
Grade examinations – Where reference is made to a grade or other examination pass as a prerequisite, this refers to that award by Trinity or an equivalent from any awarding body accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in the UK or a similar accrediting authority elsewhere. In case of doubt the decision of Trinity College London shall be final.
Whenever possible, where a formal prerequisite (other than age) has not been satisfied, provided detailed evidence of Approved Prior Learning, including course transcripts or relevant experience or body of work, is supplied in advance, such evidence will be considered. The decision of Trinity College London will be final in such cases. Examples of alternative qualifications are as follows:
Trinity will consider one of the following:
Grade 8 Music Performance
Grade 8 Music Performance from any other Ofqual-accredited board (ABRSM, LCM, Rockschool, or from UNISA, AMEB)
Any other qualification containing performance at an equivalent level, in the same instrument
LTCL Instrumental/ Vocal Teaching or Music Teaching
Licentiate Teaching diploma from any other Ofqual-accredited board (eg ABRSM, LCM)
PGCE in music