ATCL Principles of Instrumental and Vocal Teaching
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.
This course is commensurate to the first 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.
A wealth of information is presented in written form, audio and video and is presented in a careful step-by-step approach.
MLC periodically hosts live webinars and communications are sent to the student cohort monthly covering resource updates and other helpful, relevant information.
A manageable deadline for submissions will be mutually agreed by you and your mentor.
Each unit will be reviewed by MLC individually and in chronological order. The review will take form in comments being made within the shared Google Doc submission and you will be invited to meet your mentor – either face-to-face or online – to discuss the review in an open forum. You may then need to make alterations and re-submit.
Peer reviews and work experience can be facilitated by you or in conjunction with MLC. Help and advice will be given as you approach those units. Your initial purchase entitles you to no more than 35 hours of feedback and guidance time. Additional time can be purchased should you desire it.
Once each unit has been completed and mutually agreed, your work will be compiled as a portfolio and submitted to the awarding body in accordance with their rules and regulations. You will then be invited by them to take part in a viva voce. Your results and examiner’s report will then be posted to MLC and shared with you. This process will take place at MLC Nottingham and is subject to additional fees. All of which are publicly available at the awarding body’s website.
It is expected that this course should be completed within 12 months of signing up. It is advised and strongly recommended that you meet with MLC – in person or online – before signing up to this course.
Though reasonable efforts are taken to ensure that your journey when undertaking this course is a pleasant one, success cannot be guaranteed. Support is available though it cannot necessarily be preempted. Continued communication between you and MLC is a prerequisite in order that you stand the best chance possible ensuring a successful outcome. If there is something that you do not understand or a point of issue that you require clarity, contact MLC via the dashboard of mlc-academy.com. Full terms and conditions can be found here.