The Fédération Internationale Willems® offers three training courses, depending on your situation and your experience:


> Your activity has an educational and/or teaching aspect: you can consider taking the training leading to "Certificat d'Initiation Musicale Willems®;


> The "Diplôme Pédagogique d'Education Musicale Willems® is for musicians and instrumentalists involved in music schools
or conservatories
            

 

> The "Diplôme Professionnel Didactique" is offered for experienced Willems Diploma holders wishing to invest in the training of teachers.

Training courses international calendar

Vous pouvez télécharger les informations, programmes et formulaires d'inscription
en cliquant sur le pays concerné :

You can download information, programs and registration forms by clicking on the concerned country :

 LYON-FR : Sensitization TrainingDiploma 1 / Diploma 2 

 PARIS-FR : Diploma 3

 MADRID-ESP : Diploma 1 / Diploma 2 / Diploma 3

 BARCELONA (Spanish)-ESP : Diploma 1 / Diploma 3

 BARCELONA (Catalan)-ESP : Diploma 1 / Diploma 3


Calendrier international 2017-2018 / Calendar international : Google agenda / PDF

Calendriers pour chaque pays Calendars for each country :  BARCELONAITALY  /  FRANCE  / MADRID / SLOVENIA

The Willems® Introductory Musicianship Certificate

 

You are an active educator and would like to integrate more music and-or you love music but have little personal musicianship and an interest in pedagogy: you can consider taking the course leading to the Willems® Introductory Musicianship Certificate:


This course takes place over 3 years, each year comprising:

  • seven weekends;

  • an intensive course.


Admission requirements:

These courses are accessible with entrance examination.
Tests and advisement take place at the end of the first year.


Musical and pedagogical content of the two training-courses open to all:


Musicality:

  • participation in all aspects of music (immersion, improvisation, memory) involving the body, the voice, and sensitivity toward;

  • auditory development (attributes of sound, directionality, intervals, 3- and 4 note chords, and intratonal space);

  • rhythmic and metric sense, polyrhythmicity, carriage, physical movement and rhythmic improvisation;

  • vocal development, singing, acquisition of a song repertoire, melodic sense, free modal and tonal improvisation;

  • aural multitasking, tonal sense, simple harmony, primary harmonic functions, improvisation over cadential progressions;

  • rudimentary solfège: reading notation in relative and absolute (keys) systems, simple rhythmic and melodic (diatonic and chromatic) dictation;

  • melodic composition in one- and two voices;

  • musical listening and the beginnings of orchestral score reading.


General and musical pedagogy:


Developmental psychology, practice teaching (in person and on video), introduction to music pedagogical sequence (three levels), deeper investigation of the 5 pedagogical themes in correlation to actual practice.

Mentoring, tests, examinations . . . ?

This is and will always be a delicate question. How reasonable is it to mentor, to verify, to test adult participants who have willingly and for often very diverse reasons come searching for an opportunity, an enriching experience . . . and not an ordeal to endure(!)

Such training cannot be scholarly. The degree of assimilation must be in proportion to each one's motivation, receptivity, and willingness.

Therefore, different kinds of examinations (oral or written, collective or individual, written work done at home . . .) are assigned as options during the educational process.

The culminating certificate and diploma are optional..

 

The Pedagogical Diploma in Willems® Music Education

 

You are a musician, you play an instrument and-or you already have some musical training and an interest in pedagogy: you can consider taking the course leading to the Pedagogical Diploma in Willems® Music Education

See the training plan

See the rules of procedure


This course takes place over 3 years, each year comprising:

  • seven weekends;

  • an intensive course;

  • individual mentoring as needed


Admission requirements:

These courses are accessible with entrance examination.
Tests and advisement take place at the end of the first year.


Musical and pedagogical content of the two training-courses open to all:


Musicality:

  • participation in all aspects of music (immersion, improvisation, memory) involving the body, the voice, and sensitivity toward;

  • thorough auditory development (attributes of sound, directionality, intervals, 3- and 4 note chords, clusters, and intratonal space);

  • rhythmic and metric sense (all symmetrical and asymmetrical meters), polyrhythm and polymeter, physical movement and rhythmic improvisation, and harmonic rhythm;

  • vocal development; singing, acquisition of a song repertoire; melodic sense ready for modality, free modal and tonal improvisation, ornamentation, absolute hearing in the 24 keys, transposition, chromaticism and modulation, written melodic invention, choral conducting;

  • practical vocal and instrumental harmony (piano or guitar) in 2-, 3- or 4 voices, harmonization within a given scale, songs and melodies, harmonic cadences, harmonic improvisation and written inventions;

  • solfège and progessive rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation;

  • musical listening and reading orchestral scores according to the evolution of musical language.


General and musical pedagogy:


Developmental psychology, various twentieth-century teaching methods, Willems practice teaching (in person and on video), introduction to music pedagogical sequence (three levels)up to living solfège and beginning instrumental study, mastery—whether practical or basic—of the 14 pedagogical themes in correlation with this material.

Mentoring, tests, examinations . . . ?

This is and will always be a delicate question. How reasonable is it to mentor, to verify, to test adult participants who have willingly and for often very diverse reasons come searching for an opportunity, an enriching experience . . . and not an ordeal to endure(!)

Such training cannot be scholarly. The degree of assimilation must be in proportion to each one's motivation, receptivity, and willingness.

Therefore, different kinds of examinations (oral or written, collective or individual, written work done at home . . .) are assigned as options during the educational process.

The culminating certificate and diploma are optional..

 

The Professional Teacher Education Diploma


Concerning the Pedagogical Diploma in Willems Music Education: admission requirements and openings


In view of the variety of social contexts within which musical and instrumental education take place these days access to the course is open and therefore without entrance examination. There one will find participants—whether teachers, therapists, students of music or musicology, psychomotor specialists, or musicianship and instrument teachers from music schools or conservatories— who love music and who wish to educate, improve and devote themselves full- or parttime to the imparting of living musical education to children (from the youngest ages and up), adolescents, and adults.

From the beginning, their motivation and their ideal take priority over their technical qualifications. By the end of the introductory stage, participants are in a position to decide whether the following three-year course is the best route for them to take. The musical and pedagogical requirements increase in the course comprising about 350 hours.

This is punctuated by two tests at the end of the first and second years and by final examinations. Each school year includes seven intensive weekend courses plus internships or Willems international congresses.

Specific progressive homework is assigned to cause participants to improve vocally, rhythmically, melodically, harmonically, and pedagogically.

In case a candidate does not achieve the necessary level for fulfilling the requirements of the Willems diploma because of its technical requirements, he-she will be advised to take the Willems® Introductory Certificate tests, for which the oral and written musicality curriculum is more accessible (as far as the hearing, musical dictation and written and practical harmony tests are concerned). Therefore this Certificate represents a preparatory stage before mastery of the Professional Diploma.

The "Pedagogical Diploma in Willems® Music Education" offers numerous prospects according to individual capacities and tastes in all aspects of musical activities and for all age groups, from the cradle, to nursery school, to elementary school, to various settings, to cultural centers, and to public and private music schools. For conservatories, the "Willems Diploma" —which is often much valued and required by administrators—is usually a complementary element to other certificates or other qualifications.