Diploma Course


US $85.00


I was born in Jacksonville, Florida and at the age of 19 I moved to Marseille, France to study music, where I had the tremendous opportunity of working with inspirational musicians such as Pierre Barbizet, Geneviève Joy, Claude Helffer, Henri Dutilleux, Anne-Marie Ghirardelli and Jacques Rouvier. The teacher's training course at City University and City Lit inspired me to get my PhD, which I completed in 2006 under the supervision of Dr. Peter O’Hagan and Dr. Caroline Potter.

Price : US $85.00

ATCL Principles of Instrumental/Vocal Teaching accredited by Trinity College London (TCL)

Unit 1 – The Written Submission

Tutor: Janet Obi

Lesson length and dates:  A total of 9 lessons will be required in preparation for the Unit 1 submission. Lesson dates and times will be organised to suit tutor/student.

Cost per lesson: $85 and includes marking of any relevant homework; There will be a total of 9 lessons ($765); please refer to lesson descriptions.

Accrediting body: Trinity College London (students must enrol for Unit 1 with TCL before entering their Unit 1 submission.

Materials: Trinity College London Diploma Syllabus (free from TCL or music shops); hand-outs will be provided for each lesson by the tutor; Students will be required to purchase any necessary publications for the course. I strongly recommend The Music Teachers’ Handbook (Faber Music and Trinity College London publications, $20 circa); please see reading list available on TCL website (students will be advised by the tutor)

Feedback: Tutor comments will be given during the lesson and/or with marked homework as applicable. Emails queries will be answered within a reasonable time.

*Before enrolling please contact me via learnbycam to discuss the course. 

Aim of the course
This qualification is formed of two units and is a recognised qualification that provides evidence that candidates understand the main principals involved in instrumental/vocal teaching in the context of individual and group lessons (teaching privately and as a peripatetic teacher in schools).  The written submission forms the first part of the qualification. If successful, candidates will then be required to enrol on Unit 2 which is the practical application. A separate course will be offered for the preparation of Unit 2.

Prerequisite: Candidates must have a Grade 8 certificate in their instrument/voice from a recognised examination board. Trinity College London will accept equivalent experience or certificates; however this must be approved by Trinity before commencing the course.  Some experience of teaching is desirable but not essential. Before enrolling on this course please contact me to discuss your individual circumstances.

Further Information: Please contact me before enrolling on this course. Students will prepare all of the elements of the written submission. You will then need to enrol as a candidate with Trinity College London for Unit 1 to be assessed. Fees for the written submission can be found on the Trinity website

Lesson descriptions
There are 4 tasks to prepare as part of this submission. Each task will be organised into lessons which apply to the 4 tasks. Each lesson will cost $85 and includes marking of the homework.

Task 1
Analysis of Experience as a learner (500 words)

Lesson 1 – By the end of the lesson the student will be able to:
Understand the written task; devise a suitable strategy in organising the observation of other teachers; what to identify when observing teachers as part of the ‘Observation of other teachers’ submission

Task 2
Observation of other teachers (1,000 words)

Lesson 2 - By the end of the lesson the student will be able to:
Plan a lesson using suitable aims and objectives as well as using/devising a lesson plan template; plan and organise suitable case studies for the ‘teaching experience’ submission.

Lesson 3 - By the end of the lesson the student will be able to:
Understand learning and teaching styles; devise approaches in motivating their students when teaching.

Lesson 4 - By the end of the lesson the student will be able to:
Analyse piano pieces using a template titled ‘Repertoire building’ and how this impacts on positive teaching strategies; the basics of essay structure as applied to the Unit 1 submission.

Lesson 5 - By the end of the lesson the student will be able to:
Know how to develop ways of integrating various skills within a lesson or as Keith Swannick describes “Teaching music musically”.

Tasks 3 & 4
Case studies of teaching experience and original teaching resources
Candidates should submit case studies based on two teaching environments in which the candidate has worked as a teacher, typically in a support role. This could include deputising to cover a teacher’s absence, coaching a small ensemble, leading a sectional rehearsal or creative session or working as part of a team (as directed by the syllabus).

Lesson 6 – During this session we will:
Discuss syllabus requirements and ideas on preparing an original resource for each case study.

Lesson 7 - By the end of the lesson the student will be able to:
Identify and recognise a range of teaching methods and their application; various forms of assessment and when they are used in the context of teaching.

Lesson 8 – By the end of the lesson the student will be able to:
Understand learning difficulties and how to adapt one’s teaching so students can access learning.

Lesson 9 - By the end of the lesson the student will be able to:
Critically evaluate the Observation on of a taught lesson followed by discussion (the student will need to watch the session before the lesson).

Once the submission has been completed, I will evaluate student’s work to ensure that it is ready to be handed in to Trinity College London. One hard copy and one electronic copy will be required by the exam board.



I moved to Marseille, France to study piano where I achieved Gold Medal status under the supervision of Pierre Barbizet and was awarded a Master of Music degree. In 1989 I commenced my studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London where I received a postgraduate certificate in Piano Accompaniment. In 1999, I began researching the works of the French composer, Henri Dutilleux, and completed my PhD in 2006,at the University of Roehampton.
Following my studies I was employed at Kensington and Chelsea College for nine years as Music Coordinator. My experience at Kensington & Chelsea included developing the music programme for family learning. I then worked at the City Lit as Head of Music until 2012. Teaching children and adults from diverse backgrounds and abilities continues to be a rewarding experience. I teach piano and other music skills privately and in schools.
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