Waltons New School of Music - Performance & Teaching Diploma Preparation

Performance & Teaching Diploma Preparation

at Waltons New School of Music

'There are only two things worth aiming for, good music and a clean conscience.'
Paul Hindemith


Music diplomas are widely recognised professional qualifications that provide a framework for honing and maturing performance and teaching skills. While a music diploma is a logical step for the competent musician who has achieved Grade 8 (the highest grade of music exams), achieving a diploma is significantly more involved, requiring a high degree of attainment combined with a professional attitude to preparation, communication, musicality, presentation and stagecraft. The diploma itself is a professional qualification, recognised by other musicians and music professionals around the world.

CONTENTS

Performance Diplomas

These diplomas focus entirely on instrumental or vocal performance. At Associate level they also include technical work and other supporting tests: sight reading and a choice of ear tests or aural awareness. At Licentiate level the focus is exclusively on performance.

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Teaching Diplomas

These focus on three different areas:

  1. Principles of Teaching. Students are prepared for a written paper covering assessing subject-specific knowledge, theory and practice of teaching and the wider educational context.
  2. Teaching Experience. These are case studies, based on the teacher’s own work, which cover teaching strategies, planning and assessment.
  3. Demonstration Lesson and Viva Voce. Teachers have the opportunity to give a demonstration lesson, or to submit a video recording, following which they will have a discussion with the examiner.

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Examining Boards

Advanced music students can be prepared at the New School for performance and/or teaching diplomas with several examining boards, including:

Associate diplomas (or simply diplomas) are roughly equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree, and Licentiate diplomas to the final year of an undergraduate degree.

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Instruments/Subjects

Diploma preparation at the New School is tailored to the individual student’s requirements and may include separate instrument/vocal and theory/musicianship lessons. Students of the following instruments/subjects can be prepared for diplomas:


Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.

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