Teacher's Tool-kit

Mon, 27 Aug 2018 - Mon, 26 Nov 2018
18:00 - 23:30

Developing a tool-kit for instrumental and vocal teachers:

a 12 week course at the Royal Irish Academy of Music

This 5 ECTS credit course is accredited by Trinity College Dublin at level 7 of the NFQ.


Would you like to enter the instrumental and vocal teaching profession?

Or are you an experienced teacher who would like to learn about new strategies in music education?

Then this course is for you!

Join expert educator Grainne Deery on this interactive, lively and varied course between August and November which will explore the following themes:

    • The role of the instrumental and vocal teacher in the 21st  century
    • Cultivating a musical approach to teaching and learning
    • The reflective practitioner
    • Creative teaching and practice strategies
    • Lesson planning and assessment
    • Learning differences and styles
    • Developing musicianship and aural skills
    • Health and wellbeing
    • The business of music teaching

This course promises to broaden your knowledge of current literature and research relating to the teaching and learning environment.



12 Monday evenings from 6-8 pm

8 foundation weeks 27/8, 3/9, 10/9, 17/9, 24/9, 1/10, 8/10, 15/10

5 reflective weeks 5/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11



The course is open to those who wish to undertake the assessment (reflective journal, extended task and class presentation) to achieve 5 ECTS credits from Trinity College Dublin. We also welcome those who wish to audit the course without taking any assessment. All students will receive a certificate of completion from the RIAM.


This course is limited to 10 students and application is done on a first come, first served basis. To secure your place, contact elleninwood@riam.ie



‘I would highly recommend this course. Over the 12 week course we covered so much. It was a great to up-skill and would be a great course to do if considering the DipRIAM. As an instrumental teacher it can feel quite isolating, it is nice to have this community of teachers (and now friends!) to correspond with.’

‘This course was an exciting introduction to the world of the twenty-first century instrumental teacher, and I would highly recommend it to teachers who would like to improve their knowledge of instrumental pedagogy and music teaching.’


Gráinne Deery holds a dual appointment as Lecturer in Musicianship at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (with a specialism in instrumental and classroom pedagogy) and Lecturer in Music Education at the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education at Maynooth University. Her research interests include the development and perception of musical potential within teaching and learning environments.

As a passionate advocate of music education and key contributor to the development of music education in Ireland Gráinne was a central figure in the recent development of the new and innovative DipRIAM, an instrumental teaching Diploma focusing on the teaching and learning environment. Gráinne recently served as a committee member of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI) and the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA). In addition, Gráinne held the position of Chair of the Irish branch of EPTA 2009-2013 during which time she founded and directed the EPTA Ireland Piano Competition.

Gráinne holds a Masters in Music Performance (University of Leeds), and a Bachelor in Music Education (Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music). In addition, she holds a Higher Diploma in Music Teaching, Graduate and Associate Diplomas in Piano Teaching and was awarded a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching by Trinity College Dublin. As a prizewinner and scholarship recipient Gráinne also continues to be active as a pianist, adjudicator, and piano/keyboard harmony teacher.

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