The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making is a one-year programme developed by Trinity Laban in partnership with The Open University. It offers adults with a passion for music the opportunity to develop their practical music making and performance skills. Here are our top ten reasons to apply:
1. Innovative blended learning
Designed in partnership with The Open University, Trinity Laban’s The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making offers all music-makers an accessible opportunity to develop their practical and performance skills whilst gaining a qualification with a world-leading creative conservatoire.
2. All music-makers welcome
“As an adult amateur viola player, who only started learning to play the instrument several years ago, I have already benefited from the course in various ways: from learning about different approaches to practice sessions and rehearsals to dealing with performance and performance related challenges.” CPMM student, 2017
The Certificate is perfect for amateur musicians of any genre and instrument. It’s suited for those who make music regularly with others in any type of genre or setting, from amateur orchestral players, DJs, or Samba drummers to folk musicians.
3. A new approach to Practice and Performance
Feel unconfident to perform or rehearse in a group? Struggling to have meaningful practice? The Certificate can help you to increase your understanding of your own music-making and explore the musical ideas and practice employed by a range of musicians. This learning can be applied to your performance, practice and rehearsal in your own setting, whatever that may be.
4. No audition necessary
You don’t need to audition to gain a place on the programme; it’s all about how you engage with new musical ideas rather than your technical or performance ability.
5. A world-class teaching team
“The quality of the teaching was outstanding…All the tutors were friendly and supportive, and their enthusiasm was infectious and created the right kind of ambience for adult learners” CPMM student, 2018
The Certificate brings together a diverse range of tutors from Trinity Laban and The Open University to support you in your studies, practice and music-making, along with opportunities to engage with established musicians working in a variety of genres.
6. Bitesize learning
The course is designed to enable you to fit study within your life. The programme consists of a mix of online tutorials, listening, video, reflective journals and short assignments with around 16-18 hours study per week recommended.
7. An Easter Residential in Greenwich
“Such a fantastic experience. A chance to perform and create with musicians from so many different genres. Very well organised. We were well supported. There really was time for everyone to shine. Perfect end to an amazing week.” CPMM student, 2018
“To get the chance for a whole five days at a London Conservatoire with like-minded musicians was something I never thought I would get the chance to do.” CPMM student, 2018
Students take part in an inspiring week-long Residential at Trinity Laban’s World Heritage Site home. Meet your fellow students in person to make music, take part in practical workshops, discussion groups and masterclasses, all culminating in a celebratory open sharing performance.
8. Gain a qualification from a world-leading conservatoire
“Having played with instrumental groups and sung in choirs since my youth, the course has been highly informative and invaluable in consolidating my prior experience and in providing new insights into the practice of musical performance. And having the opportunity to study at a music conservatoire with the academic rigour expected of a Level 3 OU course has been a bonus”. CPMM student 2017
Gain a Level 6 standalone Higher Education qualification certificate, or if you are enrolled with The Open University, the Certificate counts as a 60 credit OU Level 3 module within your degree or other qualification.
9. International applicants welcome
We welcome applications from all over the world, as long as you can attend the Easter Residential. Fees are consistent for all students.
10. Be part of a vibrant musical community
“I really enjoyed the performance because of the fact that there were so many people from diverse musical backgrounds coming together to make music as one.” CPMM student, 2018
The supportive atmosphere within the student cohort really aids the development of your music-making. The virtual learning environment supports open discussion and fascinating debate and is a great opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with people who share your love of music.