The LRAM stands for Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, and is a licence to teach music in the context of a principal-study discipline, reflecting practices in the state and public sectors and emphasising employability and relevance as key aims.
This is a practical course, informed and supported by pedagogical theory, which will give students an understanding of current national teaching practices, promote reflective teaching and align with national standards. This is a basic, all-encompassing foundation and a basis for growing skills and confidence.
The construction of your teaching skill set begins with LRAM. This six-day intensive course is crammed with subjects for you to engage with and develop. Pedagogical subjects will consist of large cohort lectures featuring important topics such as:
- The power of music
- The beginner
- Special educational needs and music
- Technology in music
- Music in the community
- Teaching form the eyes of an examiner
- Your student, our patient
- Creativity in music
Many valuable pedagogical and practical subjects are introduced to align with current practices in schools and music hubs, to give you as many skills as possible to thrive as a music teacher.
Practical sessions will be split into instrumental groups, largely congruent with the orchestral families, to build a solid foundation and introduce the first few lessons on your instrument and its relatives. We then work in smaller groups to look at more advanced individual instrument techniques.
Six hours of sessions will provide more instrumental parity and wider participation and will include topics such as:
- How the instrument/body works
- Building a strong foundation
- The importance of the first lesson in establishing good playing habits
- Learning the repertoire and evaluating beginner study literature
- Group teaching skills
- Teaching more advanced students
The individual instrumental sessions will feature a more in-depth look at instrument knowledge and technique with experienced instructors.
A keyboard bootcamp is also available for those of requiring help in aural training, basic accompaniment and singing warm-ups.
Reflection is key tool that enables the modern teacher to monitor their skills for constant improvement. You will identify how an individual learns and recognise your strengths and weaknesses, which will in turn enable you to improve your skill set and begin your teaching journey.
Each student will receive a journal that asks pertinent questions about relevant subjects and delves into your ability and personality as they relate to teaching.
A viva voce examination will be a discussion based on the information recorded in your journal.
The journal also contains a teaching toolkit designed to help you in your teaching careers. The bibliography, templates, payment information and tips will help you as you build your teaching portfolio.