Taught course

The Teaching Musician: PG Dip, PG Cert & MA

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance · Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent training and professional experience
  • Considerable professional experience in music education
  • Fluent musical skills on your principal instrument/voice (normally grade 8 or equivalent)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Non-native English speakers need an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all areas) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The Teaching Musician programme is designed to support and recognise the skills of musicians working in music education. It is a professional development programme for musicians working in any educational setting: from instrumental and vocal teachers to community music practitioners.

Primarily a distance learning programme, it offers opportunities to reflecrt, engage with theory and research and develop new skills within a community of other practitioners.

Key outcomes:

  • Refresh your music leadership skills
  • Engage with current ideas and research in music education
  • Consider your own work as an educator and evaluate its impact


  • Block A Certificate Modules
  • Block B Contemporary Practice Modules
  • Block C Personal Project Modules

These blocks may be combined to achieve the following qualifications:

  • PG Certificate: The Teaching Musician
  • PG Diploma: The Teaching Musician
  • MA: The Teaching Musician

Information for international students

Students from over 60 countries currently study at Trinity Laban. Our worldwide reputation is founded on the success of our students and we are proud to play a vital part in developing our international community.

We want our international students to enjoy their time at Trinity Laban and make the most of the academic, personal and social opportunities available here. Living away from home can be a big change and adapting to a different country can be a little confusing at times. We are here to help you if you have questions or come across any difficulties while you are with us, and ensure you can access the full range of student support available.

Our thriving Students’ Union will help you meet people from all over the world, make life-long friends and experience life in London, considered by many to be the cultural capital of the world.

Candidates will need to provide evidence of English language ability. Free English language support classes are provided for students whose first language is not English and for students with a learning disability (e.g. dyslexia).

Once enrolled on one of our programmes, you can access support from your English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Tutor. Depending on the programme, this is through timetabled classes or one-to-one tutorials. Draft-checking of written assignments is available, as is help in any area where your level of English may be causing you problems. Support is available for all programmes (except for the Teaching Musician programme and other courses within the Learning and Participation department).

Trinity Laban holds various auditions in Asia, North America and cities throughout Europe. They are designed to give you an insight into what we expect from our students, and to find out more about the programmes we offer at our award-winning facilities in London. Find out more on the Auditions section of our website.

Fees and funding

Postgraduate students pay tuition fees annually to cover the costs of studying at Trinity Laban. These vary from programme to programme and depend on whether you are a UK/EU or international student.

The government has announced that Student Loans of up to £10,609 are available for Masters programmes for Sept 2018 entry. Those loans have to be paid back after the end of your course, once you are earning over £21,000. You can find more information on the Student Loans Company website and check terms and eligibility.

If you are ineligible for this loan or it does not cover your living costs, you can also apply for a Career Development Loan from a bank. Repayment starts one month after the end of your course, with no interest during your studies. Interest will accrue after your course and repayment rates will vary according to your loan. Check terms and eligibility.

There are alternative ways to fund your studies, including:

Trinity Laban also has some funding opportunities available and provides a variety of awards to students each year.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-48 months


distance learning
12-48 months


distance learning
12-48 months

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