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Popular Music Theory Level 2

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Popular Music Theory Level 2

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.

If you have passed this diploma you are entitled to use the letters standing for that diploma after your name. ATCL stands for Associate of Trinity College London.

Principles of Instrumental and Vocal Teaching is a diploma in which the depth of response is equivalent to that achieved on completion of the first year of a full-time undergraduate course at a higher education institution.

This qualification provides evidence that participants understand the main principles involved in instrumental/vocal teaching in the context of individual or small group lessons. Based on a combination of documented experience, personal research and critical reflection upon their own practice and that of others, they can plan and deliver activities designed to promote musical and technical development for individuals or small groups, demonstrating awareness of relevant professional protocol and legislation.

The performance skills specified for the teaching qualifications need to be complemented by a broad base of musical knowledge and understanding, which may or may not have been formally assessed (e.g. by theory grades or secondary school examinations).

This qualification provides evidence that candidates understand the main principles involved in instrumental/vocal teaching in the context of individual or small group lessons. Based on a combination of documented experience, personal research and critical reflection upon their own practice and that of others they can plan and deliver activities designed to promote musical and technical development for individuals or small groups, demonstrating awareness of relevant professional protocol and legislation.

Learners of this course will:

  • build up awareness, through practical experience, of how to engage effectively with a range of students in the
    teaching studio, showing sensitivity to individual needs
  • develop their knowledge of music drawn from a variety of different styles
  • execute collaborative work effectively at a professional level, adjusting their practice in light of
    self-evaluation
  • demonstrate an awareness of the material they are working with in relation to graded music examinations
  • develop original approaches to presenting concepts to students, including working in ways which develop
    students’ creativity
  • demonstrate secure command in communicating subject knowledge
  • plan work to achieve and evidence set goals
  • reflect critically on their own practice and that of others

A.I.R. works best when Bloom’s taxonomy is implemented.

  1. Remember – recollection of facts and concepts. This requires practice.
  2. Understand – discuss your findings in an open forum with your teacher. Identify fundamental concepts within
    pieces of music that you are studying, recognise patterns within music theory, translate and transpose those
    fundamentals to key elements of your studies
  3. Apply – use this information in new pieces. Can it expedite the learning process?
  4. Analyse – Relate your findings to an abundance of artists and pieces; identify differences; distinguish key
    factors
  5. Evaluate – Justify your choices. Evaluate your progression with your teacher constantly referring to the
    published descriptors
  6. Create – Produce your own original work – compositions, development and improvisation

Who is this Course For?

The minimum age for entry to this course is 18.

Grade 8 or above in the instrument or voice being taught.

GCSE English Language C or above.

The cost of this course is £2,499.

Available start dates:

  • September 2020
  • January 2021

If you have passed this diploma you are entitled to use the letters standing for that diploma after your name. ATCL stands for Associate of Trinity College London.

Successful participants can progress onto our LTCL Instrumental/Vocal Teaching Level 6 diploma which is commensurate to the third year of an undergraduate degree.

This qualification is recognised in over 80 countries.

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