Professional Diploma Course in Violin

Our Part-time PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA course is a Professional qualification for students who have attained  Grade 8/level 8 standard in Violin and who wish to embark on a career in Music. Acceptance on the courses is by interview & audition.

Prospective Students 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                                                                       
Minimum Age : 15 years
Main Instrument : Grade 8 or Level 8 (Violin) or equivalent in Violin
Theory of Music : Grade 5 or equivalent
Language : English language proficiency to secondary 3 level OR C6 at GCE O level OR Grade 5 at N level OR equivalent

NB : AUDITION / INTERVIEW : In all courses the prospective students must attend an audition and interview with the Directors of the School for which an audition fee is payable. They will be required to perform two contrasting solos in their main discipline and undertake various tests in Musicianship to assess their suitability for the course, and discuss their reasons for applying, general interests

The Professional Diploma Course consists of one year’s part-time tuition on a modular basis involving 36 hours individual tuition on the main study, and 36 hours group tuition in supporting subjects. The final performance examination carries 70% of the overall assessment, with the remaining 30% being made up from examinations and assignments during each of the three modules, Foundation, Development and Performance Modules each module being complete in itself.

The First Module is a( ''Foundation'' ) Module .
1. Focus  on choice of  Programme of candidate's two final recitals, one for school children and one for a musically aware audience.
2. Supporting group tuition will be on spoken dialogue/introductions, presentation and use of visuals, and the students schedules/scheme of work.

The Second Module is a (“Development “) Module
1. Aims to progress from technical to artistic considerations in the development of their recital programmes.
2. Supporting group tuition will be on historical studies and the production of programme notes/ biography for the recitals.

The Third Module is the The Final (“Performance”) Module
1. Aims to bring together the candidate’s technical & artistic skills in a typical “lunchtime” or evening recital and a lecture-recital for a school audience .
2. Supporting group tuition in Music will be on aural training and programmes, advertisements, visuals, & presentation of final recitals.

At the conclusion of each module the candidate’s progress will be assessed in a series of viva voce examination and an appraisal of a the candidate's scheme of work/schedule.

Students may opt to take Diploma Examinations of other recognized institutions during the course with the approval of the Directors. The fees and applications are the responsibility of the student.

In all courses candidates must obtain a minimum of 65% in the work through the year, and demonstrate satisfactory attendance ( 85%minimum ) and behaviour.
The final “Performance Module” examinations carry 70% of the total assessment , the remaining 30% being made up from examinations & assessments made at the end of the two earlier modules.
Professional Diplomas will be awarded as follows :-
Pass    ……………………………………........…65% to 74%
Pass with Credit…………………………………75% to 84%
Pass with Distinction………………….........…85% to 100%

Those receiving less than 65% will be entitled to appeal to the Academic Board which has the final say in all cases.
The Board will determine which modules/ examinations can be re-taken to secure a pass.

Teacher - Student Ratio (Individual) 1:1 Group 1:4

Tutors: Andrew Wilkinson / Margaret E Park
Violin: Andrew Wilkinson

Fees for Professional Diploma Courses:
(Performance - Violin) $7790 (includes registration, assessment, audition, miscellaneous).
Final exam fee $1100 (accompanist required at students own expense for violin).