Diploma Courses 2022

The Cape Town Academy of Music (CTAM) was founded by Avril Kinsey in January 2000 and offers personalised,  quality music education. CTAM is aligned to the international exam syllabus of Trinity College London, which offers the best in world trends and syllabi for all ages and levels.

Dr Kinsey’s philosophy is to cater to the needs of the individual, offering discipline with creativity, and care for the person as a whole. One on one classes and small classes only. We can custom design to meet the individual’s aims, needs and abilities within the requirements of international graded study.

There are eight grades to music, which under normal circumstances requires between 8 – 9 years. Many of CTAM’s students, due to the personalised level of instruction are able to complete the grades in a significantly reduced time. A student must have completed up to a Grade 7 level to be fully prepared for music at a tertiary University level unless exempt.

Our international level Diploma Courses the MA Dip and PD Dip are designed to provide a practical, highly relevant and professional series of courses that not only offer skills for employment in the industry, and for self employment, but are musically and personally rewarding. Bridge the gap between school music and university, or further your studies in preparation for university or a professional career.  Avril Kinsey, Director TLDM, PDM, MMus (distinction), DMus. 

ASSOCIATE TRINITY COLLEGE OF MUSIC LONDON (ATCL or LTCL) in Teaching or Performance (requires NQF 4 or Grade 8 Practical from a recognised institution)

  1. Teaching or Performance Diplomas (ATCL or LTCL) takes 1 year to complete [start Jan or June] requires a Grade 8 pass
  2. FTCL advanced diploma requires an LTCL pass.

NEW * PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIPLOMA COURSE (PD DIP)

  1. Professional Development (PDip.) takes a minimum of 1 year to complete – accepted after and audition [start Jan or June]
  2. It can be completed online or in person and full time or part time.

PD Dip PRACTICAL SUBJECTS:

  1. Guitar (Classical, Acoustic, Electric), Voice (Rock/Pop incl. Musical Theatre), Piano & Electronic Keyboards and some other instruments depending on demand and availability of teachers.
  2. Songwriting/Composition, Arranging and Orchestration (optional)
  3. Sight reading, Ear training, Score reading and Improvisation
  4. Personal Style and Genre Development with Voice or Own Instrument

PD Dip THEORETICAL SUBJECTS:

  1. Hit Song Study (understand different genres, form, melody, chord structures and prosody)
  2. Entrepreneurship, Marketing and the Business of Music

THE MUSIC ARTIST DIPLOMA COURSE (MADip)

  1. Music Artist (MADip.) takes 1 year to complete – accepted after an audition [start in Jan or June]
  2. Music Artist (MADip. part time), (takes 2 years to complete – accepted after an audition)

 MA Dip PRACTICAL SUBJECTS:

  1. Guitar (Classical, Acoustic, Electric), Voice (Rock/Pop incl. Musical Theatre), Piano & Electronic Keyboards and some other instruments depending on demand and availability of teachers.
  2. Songwriting/Composition, Arranging and Orchestration
  3. Sight reading, Ear training, Score reading and Improvisation

MA Dip THEORETICAL SUBJECTS:

  1. Theory of Music (start at any level and go at your own pace)
  2. Hit Song Study (understand different genres, form, melody, chord structures and prosody)
  3. History of Music (from antiquity to rock and contemporary music)
  4. Entrepreneurship, Marketing and the Business of Music
  5. Music Education (individual and class music teaching options) – optional
  6. Research and writing about music, Music Analysis and Music Pedagogy – optional

DOWNLOAD THE DIPLOMA COURSE DETAILS: CTAM PROSPECTUS 

FEES 2022: 

Associate Trinity College London (ATCL) 1 Years Course (Fees: per term)
Music Education Theory classes R3400. per term x 4 terms
Music Education Observation and Supervision of written thesis R3400. per term x 4 terms
Extras: Books and Trinity Int’l accredited ATCL exam fees.

* NEW – Professional Development Diploma (PD Dip) (Fees per term)
Practical subjects: Voice or Instrumental personal style development: R3400 per term x 4 terms, per practical subject
Practical subjects: Ear Training, Improvisation, Score Reading for optimal studio recording professionalism. R3400 per term x 4 terms
Theoretical subjects: Songwriting and Arrangement, form, lyric, melodic and chordal study including prosody R3400 per term x 4 terms
Business of Music Course includes Proposal Writing, Selling Yourself, Understanding legalities in Music Business, & Own Business plan and Implementation R3400 per term x 4 terms.

Music Artist Diploma (MADip) 2 Years Course (Fees: per term)
Practical subjects: R3400. per term x 4 terms
Theory of music: R3400. per term x 4 terms
History of Music
Business, Entrepreneurship and Marketing of Music = R3400. per term x 4 terms
[NOTE Additional modules are R3400. each per term x 4 terms

Extras: Students may add on extra modules such as teaching, composition/songwriting or producing. Trinity Int’l accredited practical and theory exam fees depend on the grade entered.  80% attendance at classes throughout the year.
Application forms are available on request by completing the form below or by sending an email to akinsey@mweb.co.za.za
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