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Certificate of Teaching (CT ABRSM Plus)

A flexible course for instrumental and vocal teachers

Designed to fit around your busy schedule, join the 2,000+ teachers who have completed this prestigious part-time course.

The Hong Kong CT ABRSM Plus course combines two highly respected letter-bearing qualifications: the Certificate of Teaching (CT ABRSM) and the Principles of Teaching diploma (DipABRSM).

「英國皇家音樂學院」教學進階證書課程結合了以下兩項備受高度認可的資歷:
1.「英國皇家音樂學院」教學證書
2.「英國皇家音樂學院」教學文憑

This prestigious and practical course for teachers has attracted hundreds of teachers from across Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and mainland China in the past 15 years in the region.

Thank you to Tom Lee who have sponsored the pianos for the course. 

Who is the Certificate of Teaching course for?

This course is designed for instrumental and vocal teachers who are interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of teaching and music education.

CT ABRSM Plus

The course is open to instrumental and vocal teachers who are teaching at least 5 pupils on a regular basis. In order to benefit from this course you should also have a minimum of one year’s teaching experience to draw on.

The course includes the option to take the DipABRSM exam. If you wish to do so, you must have passed an ABRSM Grade 8 Practical, or a permitted substitution, and ABRSM Grade 6 Theory (1992 syllabus).

What does the course involve and what will I learn?

Each course consists of study days and distance/online work and support. Study days are split into whole-group and instrument-specific mentor group sessions. Whole-group sessions examine broad teaching issues such as learning styles, lesson planning, music technology and preparation for performance. Mentor groups explore issues related to instrument specialisms, such as developing techniques, tone production, and repertoire.

Teaching

Upon completion of the course you’ll be able to review your own teaching, make judgements about how effective it is and introduce new teaching techniques to your music lessons.

The course consists of 11 study days spread over six months.

2016 course dates and location

Closing date for applications: Monday 30 November 2015

 

Session 1
第一期

Session 2
第二期

Session 3
第三期

HKU SPACE
Rm307
3/F, Admiralty Centre
18 Harcourt Road
Hong Kong
(Admiralty MTR Station Exit A)

金鐘教學中心:
香港夏愨道18號海富中心3樓307室
(金鐘港鐵站A出口, 經海富中心商場自動行人電梯上)

11–14 January

第一期文憑考試課堂: 2016 年1月11,12,13,14日

28–31 March

第ニ期文憑考試課堂: 2016 年 3月28, 29, 30, 31日

6–8 June

第三期文憑考試課堂: 2016 年6 月6, 7, 8日

Teaching diploma exams between August - November 2016
「英國皇家音樂學院教學文憑」考試將於2016年8至11月期間進行

2016 course fees*

*The total course fee includes an administration charge, a registration fee and one attempt at the DipABRSM (Principles of Teaching) exam.

All fees are payable by cheque and should be addressed to “HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education”.
所有學費需以支票形式繳交, 台頭請寫 “香港大學專業進修學院”.

Special discount: early registrants

The first 25 teachers registered before 10 October will receive a special discount and pay only HK$38,900!

Early bird payment methods: Book before 30 October 2015 and receive a discount

Method one 方法一 :

Early bird - payment in full
AH 21-812-01 (51)

Course fees
金額

Payment deadline
繳交限期

Registration fee
報名費

$600

Submit with application
申請時繳交

Full tuition
全期學費

$39,825

30 October 2015

Total
總計

$40,425

Full

Method two 方法二 :

Early bird - installments
AH 21-812-02 (51)

Course fees
金額

Payment deadline
繳交限期

Registration fee
報名費

$600

Submit with application
申請時繳交

Tuition
學費

$13,625

30 October 2015

$13,625

31 January 2016

$13,625

30 April 2016

Total
總計

$41,475

 

Standard bookings: For payments made after 30 October 2015

Method three 方法三 :

Payment in full
AH 21-812-03 (51)

Course fees
金額

Payment deadline
繳交限期

Registration fee
報名費

$600

Submit with application
申請時繳交

Full tuition
全期學費

$45,075

30 November 2015

Total
總計

$45,675

 

Method four 方法四 :

Installments
AH 21-812-04 (51)

Course fees
金額

Payment deadline
繳交限期

Registration fee
報名費

$600

Submit with application
申請時繳交

Tuition
學費

$15,725

30 November 2015

$15,725

31 January 2016

$15,725

30 April 2016

Total
總計

$47,775

 

Study days

You will investigate a broad selection of topics as part of general group sessions.

General sessions

  • Reflection and self evaluation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Teaching music through learning an instrument
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Kodály and other music educators
  • Music in schools
  • Music technology
  • Relationships: teacher, parent and pupil

The subject specific material is divided into six inter-related topics, which outline the complete course of study for the year. Each topic contains a number of sessions. The sessions are grouped within a topic to outline the extent of coverage and to provide clarity, coherence and progression. Mentors may cover the subject specific points in any appropriate order and style. The content and pace of subject specific sessions will be flexible, dependent on many factors including group size and specific needs of the particular group. Of paramount importance is that all the material is covered during the course and that you are willing to engage in relevant practical activities.

Subject specific topics

Details

Subject

What is covered

Technique

Instrument subjects

Musicianship

Rhythm, harmony and structure
Scales and sight-reading
Improvisation and practical musicianship
Beyond the notes

Curriculum

First impressions
The lesson
Evolving a curriculum

Performing and communicating

Performing
Exams
Repertoire

Learning

Motivation and aptitude
Special cases

Other related topics

Open forum and discussion

Instrument subjects

The CT ABRSM Plus course is available for piano, strings, voice and all instruments on the ABRSM syllabus, subject to availability.  Mentor study groups for piano, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, guitar or voice require a minimum of 5 teachers.

Piano technique

Subject

PianoWhat is covered

Foundations for success

Posture
Building on natural co-ordination
Relaxation
Good hand/finger position
Correcting common faults

Tone production

Quality and colour
cantabile
Touch
Dynamic control
Pedalling

Strings technique

Subject

StringsWhat is covered

Foundations for success

Muscle use and control
Bow control
Instrument hold control
Correcting common faults

Studies and bowing

Repertoire
Introducing different bowing techniques
Slurred and legato bowing
String crossing with legato bowing
String crossing with double stops
Détaché, portato, spiccato, martelé and sautillé bowing

Brass technique

Subject

BrassWhat is covered

Embouchure

Control
Understanding musculature
Jaw position
Mouthpiece position

Ensemble playing

Teacher roles: conductor, director, enabler
Repertoire: duets, trios, quartets, ensembles
Performance

Guitar technique

Subject

GuitarWhat is covered

Foundations for success

Understanding good technique
Posture for beginners
Eliminating tension
The right hand
The left hand

Tone production

Quality and control
Interpretation
Beginners
Variety of tone

Vocal technique

Subject

SingingWhat is covered

Foundations for success

Placing and resonance
Forming and modifying vowels
Projection
Legato and staccato
Scales, arpeggios and glissandi
Extending range, strength and flexibility

Classification of voice types

Repertoire and roles
When and what to transpose
Preconceptions and social pressures

Woodwind technique

Subject

WoodwindWhat is covered

Breathing

Control
The intercostals, diaphragm and abdominal musculature
Exercises and muscle development
Understanding support

Finger technique

Position and movement
Fluency
Independence and agility
Control of the little fingers
Alternate fingerings and their effect on tone and intonation

Percussion technique

Subject

PercussionWhat is covered

Foundations for success

Learning and teaching pulse
Leaning and teaching rhythm
Voice, body movement, counting and singing

Composition

Composing and arranging
Repertoire
Teacher as composer
Pupil as composer

Diploma preparation

In total, four of the study days focus on preparation for the Principles of Teaching diploma (DipABRSM).

Diploma preparation

Subject

What is covered

Viva Voce

Question and discuss:
Your written submission
Teaching
Learning
Technique
Repertoire: ABRSM Prep Test – Grade 6

A closer look

Teaching early learners
Teaching advanced students
Teaching adults
Teaching exceptionally gifted students
Teaching children with learning difficulties

Focus topics

Musical outlook
Technique
Pedagogy
Style and interpretation
Professional values and practice
Teaching materials

Other matters

Teaching materials
Developing the 'whole' musician
Repertoire awareness and 'to pedal or not to pedal'
The 'integrated approach' to holistic learning
Adopting and adapting teaching approach to maximize learner's interest - including improvisation, jazz, popular styles
Memory playing
Developing independence as a learner

Quick Study preparation

Before the exam
On the day

Sight-reading

The physiology of sight-reading
Skill acquisition
Pulse

Building confidence

Working without notation
Accompanying
Focusing the mind

Coursework

At the start of your course, you will be provided with a course handbook. This includes:

  • Full details of study sessions
  • Timetables
  • Teaching and educational resources – including access to the online ABRSM learning community
  • Comprehensive reading lists

Lesson observations

Lesson observations are a fundamental part of the CT ABRSM Plus course. Throughout the course, mentors will observe videos of your teaching – whether at home, school or teaching studio. Each recorded lesson will be followed by discussion between you and your mentor. You should try to cover a variety of teaching situations, including one-to-one and group teaching, different abilities, and different ages.

You and your mentor will then write statements to evaluate each lesson using the headings ‘preparation’ and ‘reflection’. These two essential aspects of lesson observation include:

  • Your teaching skills and subject command
  • Lesson planning
  • Challenges and demands set for pupils
  • Pupil expectations
  • Matching teaching style and materials to pupils
  • Rapport and relationship
  • Lesson pace
  • Pupil assessment
  • Pupil self-evaluation
  • Homework

Written assignments

You will be required to complete three written assignments, each one between 1,000 and 1,500 words. These will be submitted to your mentor in advance of the relevant study day.

Written assignment one

An exploration of your personal experience of teaching and learning music.

Written assignments two and three

You will choose your own topic by discussing areas of study with your mentor.
Guidelines for essay writing will be provided and discussed during the course. You will also receive a comprehensive reading list in your course handbook.

Topics include:

  • Case study focusing on a specific aspect of teaching or learning
  • Comparison of teaching strategies
  • Constructing a curriculum
  • Developing aural and listen skills
  • Developing practice strategies
  • First lessons
  • Group teaching
  • Motivating pupils
  • Parental roles
  • Preparation for performance
  • Teaching adult learners
  • Teaching young learners
  • Teaching composition
  • Teaching sight-reading
  • Teaching improvisation
  • Teaching pupils with special education needs

Projects

You will undertake two projects based on personal and practical teaching experiences.

Project One:

Your peers and mentor will assess one of your video observations. You will be asked to develop a critique from their comments.

Project Two:

This will be a piece of action research on a topic of your choice. You may propose a topic for approval or select from those suggested by your mentor or Course Leader.

Diary of teaching

You will be asked to keep a diary of teaching during the course. This will be a private diary for personal use but you will be encouraged to share thoughts and processes from your diary during discussion sessions. The diary will enable you to reflect on your teaching practice and personal development, and will contribute towards your evaluation of the course. The diary will form the basis of your personal profile, which will be included in your final portfolio.

Personal Profile

Your personal profile will be completed towards the end of the course and forms an integral part of your professional development. Based on notes from your diary, you will reflect on your learning during the course and develop personal goals for the future. This profile should include:

  • Your teaching before and at the start of the course
  • Where you are now
  • Where do you want to be: plans for future development

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