Teach Traditional Music & Song (Foundation Certificate)October 23

September 18, 2023

Teach Traditional Music & Song (Foundation Certificate)October 23

Do you want to become a CERTIFIED traditional music/song teacher?

This new course from I Teach Trad in collaboration with The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) is must for Irish traditional music/song teachers looking to improve their teaching skills and commit to their professional development. 

It is designed for existing teachers and for those musicians/singers who are considering teaching traditional music/song in the future. 

This foundation course provides teachers with a framework for planning and delivering traditional music lessons, for learners of any age, on any instrument (incl. voice), and at any stage of their learning journey. The framework enables teachers to offer students a well-rounded music learning experience, one that is not simply tune-/song-led. It helps teachers re-think and re-imagine how they teach traditional music/song in order to help them meet the needs of today’s learners.  

Teachers will be introduced to new tools and strategies for planning and delivering traditional music/song lessons. And they will engage in reflective practice. 

This short course is for:

  • Existing traditional music/song teachers who want to refresh and improve their teaching skills.
  • Traditional musicians/singers who are planning to teach.
  • Traditional music teachers of any instrument.
  • Traditional music/song teachers working in any setting (schools, in the community, festivals and events, online and in-person, synchronous and asynchronous).
  • Traditional music/song teachers based anywhere in the world (the course is fully online).

Course Schedule:  Sunday, October 22nd 2023 – Sunday, 17th December

Week 1 (22nd October) – Introductory session (times to be announced)          

Weeks 1-7 (23rd October – 9th December):  – 20 hours contact time / 20 hours self-directed work. A course workbook (in digital and printable formats) will be made available

Week 8 (10th – 17th December): – Individual online viva assessments (will be scheduled).

Live Q&A session

(on ZOOM)prior to the course start (date and time tbc.)


NI/UK and/or USA-based participants:

To book this course in GBP (£315), please follow this link:  NI/UK-based participants

To book this course in USD ($390), please follow this link: USA-based participants

Learning Outcomes

  • use the traditional music teaching framework to plan programmes of learning and individual lessons
  • write effective lessons plans 
  • teach traditional music/song better, using new tools and strategies 
  • understand their role as a teacher
  • articulate their personal teaching philosophy 
  • understand the lifelong learning journey of the traditional musician/singer, and to situate each student on this continuum of development
  • practice self-reflection in order to continue to learn and grow as an educator


Participants music be 18+

Participants should have some previous experience as traditional music /song teachers, or experienced musicians/singer who are planning to teach. 

Participants must have appropriate devices and internet provision in order to access the course.


“Mind blown!! I feel totally re-energised – and my toolkit is a lot heavier now! Every traditional music teacher should do this course!” – Noreen M., Co. Louth

“Before working with Liz, I rarely had a lesson plan in mind for 1:1 lessons and was struggling to pull all the bits and pieces together that come with teaching Irish traditional fiddling into a clear trajectory for my students. I still don’t get it perfectly every time, but now I have a wealth of tools, resources + a community of fellow trad teachers to lean into.

It’s easy for us as teachers to get stuck in a rut of teaching tune after tune, and falling into a predictable habit of structuring our lessons in the same way. But what happens when we go several steps deeper and ask ourselves “why am I teaching this tune” and “what else can I teach about traditional music that this tune will help me explain”? If those possibilities have piqued your interest… you’re going to get a ton of value in taking this course and taking your teaching to a whole new level!” – Hannah H., USA

“The Teach Traditional Music & Song course was exactly what I was looking for – a course that takes seriously the pedagogy of teaching traditional music. The course invites a thorough rethinking of your teaching practice, and guides you through a framework for enhancing your approach to teaching. The course is also packed full of tools, resources and strategies for improving your lessons or classes. Liz Doherty is a thoroughly engaging and knowledgeable course leader, and the course is also a great opportunity to connect with other trad teachers. I’d thoroughly recommend this course to other teachers of traditional music.” – Bradon S., U.K.

 “This course has invigorated my teaching, helped clarify my purpose, expanded my toolkit, and will inform my professional practice for years to come.” – Laura C., USA

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