Certification in the Roskell Method

in the Roskell Method

Teachers of Elementary Level Students (Beginners to Grade 3)
Completion Requirements

Minimum pre-requirements

a) Completion of at least ONE of the following courses:

  1. ‘Teaching healthy, expressive piano technique’ Online Course 
  2. ‘Foundations in Piano Technique’ Online Course
  3. An equivalent 1 day Essential Piano Technique live workshop with Penelope

b) Teaching at least two students, one with Essential Piano Technique Primer A and the other with Primer B/Level 1.

To be submitted in advance:

1. Two written case studies (of 500-1000 words each) of students of contrasting age/level/learning style whom you have taught using some of the Roskell technique methods and material from the Essential Piano Technique series or the Foundations in Piano Technique course.

Please note that these case studies will be assessed on the quality of the ideas expressed, not on accurate use of English language. 

  1. Name of student (can be a pseudonym)
  2. Age of student
  3. Level
  4. How long have you taught the student for?
  5. What were the student’s main difficulties?
  6. What additional material did you use? Eg tutors/ method books, theory books or repertoire
  7. Which exercises did you find most useful for this student? And why?
  8. Which exercises did they find most difficult? Why do you think that was?  Did you manage to resolve those difficulties?  If not, how do you plan to work on these techniques in the future?
  9. How did you put these techniques into practice in a musical context? Did the exercises benefit the student musically as well as technically?
  10. Did the student enjoy working on the techniques?
  11. Did the student give a performance or enter an exam? Were they pleased with their performance?
  12. What might you achieve better next time?

2. A video recording
(preferably in English, French or Italian) of part of a lesson (or up to two lessons) with a student or students of Elementary Level Students (Beginner – Grade 3) level in which you teach relevant technique (approx. ten minutes in total).

3. A video recording of a student playing one or two of the pieces discussed in your case studies (maximum 5 minutes).

The video recordings must be uploaded at least as a private video to YouTube. Please ensure that you have written and signed consent from the adult student or parent/guardian for under 18s to use the video for this purpose. Public videos are also accepted but please ensure you have the necessary additional consent. For guidance on uploading videos to YouTube please click here. If you need additional help please contact [email protected]. You will need to provide links to the recordings. 

4. Evidence of advanced qualification (Grade 8 upwards), or a recording of a performance by you of a Grade 8 (or higher) level piece (up to about five minutes)

The Assessment:

A 30 minute online live interview with Penelope Roskell. 

You will be asked to:

  • Demonstrate teaching three exercises chosen at random by Penelope from the Essential Piano Technique series.    
  • You will be asked to answer questions on aspects of teaching (at beginners level) discussed in the online course and in your case studies.
  • Candidates will be expected to have print copies or access to online copies of each book available during the interview.

The online assessment with Penelope can take place at any time, at a date and time to suit both (at least one month’s notice is required).  Recordings will need to be submitted at least one week prior to the assessment date.


On successful completion of this assessment, you will receive a written report and a written and digital Certificate confirming your qualification to teach the Roskell method at Elementary Level.  

Your name and contact details will be include in Penelope’s public list of Certified piano teachers for the specified level. 

A digital Certification Logo with your name and Certification Level will be provided for you to use on your website/in marketing as you wish. 

You will receive exclusive discounts for future Roskell Academy Events and Courses. 

Fee for assessment: £125. 

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