DIPLOMA OF MUSIC TEACHING

Course Outlet

The Diploma in Music Teaching aims to train well-rounded music educators with the skills set to teach Hitmaker’s music programmes in a holistic and authentic manner. Course modules are designed to deliver the foundation principles for teaching and learning where students will develop and gain a range of functional teaching and performance skills. Students will also learn the importance of essential soft skills like empathy, active listening and maintaining good emotional and mental health.

At the end of the programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good grasp of critical and essential pedagogical skills and strategies as they embark on their teaching journey.
  • Apply practical skills and knowledge and be effective communicators who are reflective, and constantly working on becoming their own teaching advocates.
Level

Method Blended or E-learning
Assessment Methods Coursework and Quizzes | Assignment | Exam (Practical and Paper-based)
Maximum Duration 12 months | No refund for failure to
complete course
Music Performance Skills
  • Private Instructions (Optional)
    Weekly private lessons on the student’s primary instrument. Topics vary based on the needs of the individual – from fundamentals to advanced techniques, as well as personal topics of interest and preparation for juries and final projects. One hour per week.
  • Ensemble + Performance Style & Appreciation (Jazz/Contemporary)
    Live performance workshops from intimate to masterclass settings aim to develop strong ensemble skills and improvisational skills. Students will also accrue a wide variety of repertoire in many different styles.
    Students will gain an analytical overview of styles, chart reading and critical listening as they relate to repertoire requirements. Some of the styles covered include rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, and Latin music.
Music Skills and Technology
  • Tonal & Contemporary Theory
    This is a concise and comprehensive module that aims to provide students with the knowledge of fundamental intermediate music theories and principles. These are the building blocks for more advanced composition and arranging modules, and students will be able to use this knowledge as a launchpad to deeper learning whether It is their contemporary or classical skills that they wish to develop.
  • Ear Training
    This module is a comprehensive course to understanding foundational and intermediate aural and sight singing theory such as recognition of pulse, pitch, rhythms, and melody. Students will gain confidence in understanding and interacting musically in a live band. The material will give them the development and confidence to engage in higher learning in a musical style of their choice.
  • Music Analysis
    This is where students will learn to how to analyze a piece of music, identifying musical structure, harmonies in both written compositions and performances.
  • Music and Audio Production and Post-Production
    In this module, students will learn essential basic music and audio production skills including post-production, so they are able to prepare quality and effective teaching materials.
  • Sibelius Notation
    Students will learn to use Sibelius notation software effectively to create professional looking lead sheets, master rhythm scores, and individual parts with an emphasis on educational materials.
Specialisation
  • Introduction To The Learning Theories and the Psychology & Sociology of Learning
    This module is a key foundation to teaching and learning theory. Learners will be taught different pedagogical approaches, and learning theories such as Illeris Three Dimensions of Learning and Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory.
    They will learn the importance of profiling their own learners, applying active learning strategies and classroom management skills in their classrooms.
    Throughout this module, real and authentic examples of professional practice will be experienced throughout the module. They will also learn the teacher code of ethics/conduct and best teaching practices.
  • Theoretical and Cultural Applications In Music education: An Introduction
    This module aims to equip learners with effective and reflective communication language skills that can serve to empower, motivate and encourage their own students. Learners will also have the chance to apply different effective strategies and approaches in real simulated classroom scenarios to achieve an authentic learning experience.
  • Music Education Pedagogy, E-Pedagogy, and Facilitation
    In this module, students will be taught essential pedagogies and practices in both traditional face-to-face settings and virtual classrooms. Students will also learn facilitating and acting skills to prepare them in their role as a “Facili-Actor” where he/she is a holistic and multi-dimensional collaborative educator in today’s dynamic education landscape.
Optional
  • Music History
    • Mozart to Beethoven
      This module explores Western music from both the Classical and Romantic, covering the musical styles from the Classical period through the 20th century including cultural contexts and social meaning.
    • The Birth of Jazz & Popular Music
      This module explores jazz music from its beginnings as a worksong up till modern interpretations in the form of Avant Garde and free jazz. It also explores pop music as an entity in the latter half of the twentieth century. First learning about Western popular music, students will thereafter be able to draw links as to how it continues to influence popular music in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Effective Communication & Language I, II
    In this module, we will consider the concept of effective communication to promote marketing communications, examining the learning from both theoretical and practical aspects. The English language will be used as a medium for communication. Students learn to speak, write, listen, and interpret professionally, exploring a variety of communication problems, develop a promotional plan and execute the campaign.
  • Physical Training & Discipline
    The music artist is required to maintain both physical and mental health in tip-top condition. Students are required to have scheduled professional training as part of their regular artist development and progress.
  • Global Experience Workshop (GEX)
    A collection of intensive workshops conducted by both lecturer & visiting artist/producer/engineer simulating live and real practical experience. This is for the purpose of enhancing learning and comprehension of the real world of the music industry. These workshops are conducted either in the academy or a real working environment in a local/international setting. Students will work in groups in three different themes of workshops such as LIVE (Performance based), FAME (Artistic Development based), and STAR (Music Production based).
  • Capstone Project
    In this project, students will design a term worth of music lessons by applying all that is learnt. There will be 1 to 1 consultation culminating in a live presentation including shareables charts, websites, guide tracks, etc.)

Course Information

Diploma in Music Teaching is a specialized educational program designed for aspiring music teachers who want to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to teach music to others. This program is aimed at musicians who are passionate about music education and who want to share their love of music with others.

The program typically covers a wide range of topics, including music theory, history, composition, and performance. It also focuses on pedagogical methods and techniques, teaching strategies, and classroom management skills. Students in this program learn how to design and implement effective lesson plans, how to motivate and engage students, and how to assess student progress and provide constructive feedback.

The Diploma in Music Teaching program also provides students with hands-on teaching experience, allowing them to practice and refine their teaching skills under the guidance of experienced music teachers. This experience is invaluable for students who want to develop their own teaching style and philosophy, and who want to gain practical experience before entering the workforce.

Upon completion of the program, graduates can pursue a wide range of career opportunities in music education, including teaching at schools, music conservatories, or private studios. They may also choose to work as music therapists or music program directors in community organizations or other settings.

In summary, a Diploma in Music Teaching is an excellent educational option for musicians who are passionate about music education and who want to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective music teachers. With a combination of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and hands-on teaching experience, graduates of this program are well-prepared for successful and rewarding careers in music education.

Admission Requirements

GCE ‘A’ Level/Grade 9 or Equivalent

MIN 18 YEARS @START OF TERM

Music | English requirements

ABRSM Grade 5 Practical & Theory or Equivalent

C6@GCE ‘O’| IELTS 5.5 | TOEFL 46 | DUOLINGO 85 | Equivalent.

Course Intake | Duration

SPRING | SUMMER | FALL

6 months, 24 teaching weeks

S$11000

Audition & Interview

2 Pieces of Music in contrasting style. 10 Mins

15 Mins Interview

Assessments

The Foundation Diploma comprises of a combination of multiple assessment methods depending on the design and nature of the course. Our programme emphasises a substantial amount of practical based elements that would require a combination of different assessment methods:

  • Practical / Live Performance Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Written and Practical Assignments
  • Workshop Assignments
  • Project Assignments
  • Examinations & Assignments: 60%
  • Workshop Assignment: 20%
  • Participation: 10%
  • Ethics: 10%
  • High Distinction (HD) – 90 Marks and Above
  • Distinction (D) – 75 to 89
  • Credit (C) – 60 to 74
  • Pass (P) – 50 to 59
  • Fail (F) – 49 Marks and below

EXPECTED EXAMINATION RESULTS RELEASE DATE | 1month after the examination

EXPECTED AWARD CONFERMENT DATE | within 1 month after successful completion of all modules

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