QUOTE(Sylvia @ Jul 27 2012, 11:21 AM)
I've been looking into various music teaching qualifications and I've come to the conclusion that the ALCM in teaching would be the best one for me. The only problem is I'm not sure how to get started. Is it something you do alone (enter yourself, work on it alone etc) or are you supposed to have a teacher prepare you for it. I've been looking at the LCM website and syllabus, but I can't find any reference to my question. Can anybody help? Thanks.
The short answer is that there's no 'requirement' for you to have a teacher to prepare you for it. My advice with the teaching diplomas is that it's always worth having someone who's prepared to help, guide and support you as you prepare: that might be your own instrumental teacher if you have one, or it might be a teacher who specialises in providing diploma support (either face-to-face, or at a distance). It's likely that you'll be completing a good amount of the work alone but some input from a teacher would be very valuable; the question you're asking about how to get started is just the sort of thing a teacher would help you with.