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DipABRSM Teaching – Teaching Skills Support


Four months of support (from date of purchase) for the DipABRSM Teaching Skills section of the diploma exam by Susan Leigh MA LRSM LLCM DipABRSM ALCM(TD) FISM. Please see below for more details of what is included.



The Teacher

I am a music teacher of over twenty years experience and very much enjoy mentoring for music teaching diplomas.  This package offers support for the Teaching Skills section of the diploma exam (please visit here if you would like to purchase the discounted full diploma support package).

My specialisms are flute, piano, clarinet and saxophone teaching (please contact me to discuss if you teach another subject) and I have guided students through both teaching and performance diplomas with the ABRSM, London College of Music and ICMI examination boards. I have also successfully completed five different music teaching diplomas myself (plus a performance diploma at licentiate level). More about my teaching can be found here.

Comments from students

I have received many lovely comments from students over the years (more can be found here) and below are a few from those who have taken music diplomas with me.

“Just a little something to say a BIG thank you for all the help you have given me during the past months. I have really enjoyed the experience” ABRSM diploma candidate

“Thanks so much for your excellent advice that enabled me to get a distinction in my DipABRSM. I still can’t believe it!” ABRSM diploma candidate

“Your patience, encouragement and teaching has taken me from first trying to get a note out of a saxophone, through all the grades, including music theory to a diploma! You have been so lovely to have as a teacher. I genuinely appreciate you. Your help with my compositions also meant a lot! I think where you have musically got me to is a big achievement and I will miss my lessons. You only ever had a smile and warm words to offer and I will remember that if I ever go into teaching myself” London College of Music diploma candidate

What is included

This support package is for a maximum of four months (starting from the date of purchase) and if you need further help after this time we can organise an extension package. If you have any questions before taking out this package please feel free to contact me at any time.

A major part of the exam is the Viva Voce or discussion with the examiners about your approaches to teaching. I offer guided research and support as follows.

  • Music pack full of materials:

Six months access to my online materials pack which is designed to help you think about topics related to the Teaching Skills section of the exam. It includes diploma style questions to help you explore the subject of music teaching, suggested reading and tips as a starting point for your studies.

Topics include repertoire and resources, practice, motivation, lesson planning, forms of assessment, learning styles, style and interpretation, professional values and practice, and much more.

  • Help with your grade 6 pieces:

You are also given access to my grade 6 resource in the online pack which is designed to help you think about teaching aspects relating to the three pieces you choose for the exam. It includes general diploma style questions to help you focus your research.

  • Online or in person sessions:

As part of the package we can arrange a session to focus on each of your three grade 6 pieces in detail. I will prepare beforehand diploma style questions for you to answer on the spot and afterwards offer any feedback. This is best done in person, but if you are not able to visit me for a lesson then alternatively if you are able to contact me by Facetime or Whatsapp video call feature we can set up a suitable appointed time (alternatively if these aren’t possible then by email, using a messaging feature of some kind, or we can arrange a time for you to phone me).

You are asked to take a selection of teaching books and materials into the exam. We can arrange one further session either online or in person which lasts 30 minutes to discuss your choices.

  • Email support: 

I may also ask you to send me certain parts of your research by email for the duration of 16 weeks of support. Part of this might include recordings of sight-reading (if you are willing!) to help you prepare for the quick study test.


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