Postgraduate courses

    03 Apr

    Birmingham, United Kingdom

    3 April 2018 To 31 March 2019

    9:00 am To 5:00 pm

    Your Course Leader: Richard Crozier MA BA Hons PGCE

    Richard Crozier studied music at university and, having completed a BA Hons degree and PGCE, taught in secondary schools as Head of Music before becoming Area Music Co-ordinator in the County of Avon.

    He was appointed County Music Inspector in Bedfordshire in 1991 and was Director of Professional Development at ABRSM from 1995 – 2012 where he led many professional development courses.

    Richard is a co-author of Carousel, a primary music scheme (Ginn 1996); and with Paul Harris of The Music Teacher’s Companion (ABRSM 2000); co-project director, with Nigel Scaife for the publication All Together! (ABRSM 2004); author of Musical Instruments for Children (Hamlyn 2007), and co-author with Paul Harris of Improve your Piano Grades 1,2,3 (Faber 2014).

    Who are the mentors?

    The mentors have been drawn from the 1500 strong ESTA membership and have been selected for their specific expertise and experience in relevant areas. They are all distinguished musicians, with long-standing teaching careers and many of their own students have gone on to become esteemed string players.

    Welcome to the ESTA Post Graduate Certificate for String Teachers.

    The course:

    • is designed to fit alongside your other teaching commitments and enable you as a stringed instrument teacher, to take a fresh look at the way you approach your work.
    • gives you the opportunity to take a look at your own teaching technique and specific strategies
    • offers a well structured programme with mentors who are all highly experienced string teachers
    • enables you to take a fresh look at the way you approach your work

    About the course

    The PG Cert. (String Teaching) programme is at postgraduate level and is taught mainly online. It’s designed to fit alongside your other teaching commitments and will enable you as a stringed instrument teacher, at whatever stage you are in your career, to take a fresh look at the way you approach your work, no matter what the context of your work is.

    What does the ESTA PG Cert. (String Teaching) course offer?

    This course gives you the opportunity to take a look at your own teaching technique and the specific strategies and techniques you use, in addition to standing back and developing a broader perspective on teaching and learning and music education in general. The course offers a well-structured programme with mentors who are all highly experienced string teachers and a blend of face-to-face and online learning that results in a level 7 qualification from a well regarded higher education institution. Being a student on this course is all about developing as a reflective practitioner, someone who is willing to stand back and look at what they are doing and contemplate changing aspects if they need to. The awarded Postgraduate Certificate (String Teaching) is a unique qualification for the teaching profession.

    You will be assigned a mentor from the ESTA mentor panel. Your mentor’s job is to guide you through the course, lead study sessions and assess the work you submit. Your studies, be they online through webinars, one-to-one meetings with your mentor or course leader, discussion groups, reading, making a video, or reflecting on practice, will focus on every aspect of your teaching with particular relevance to the context in which you work. This work will help you to question things you may have taken for granted, explore work with and without notation and develop a holistic approach to your teaching.

    Your course leader will provide an overview of the whole course, lead study sessions, and also make assessments of all students’ work to ensure fairness.

    In order to gain the maximum benefit from your investment in this programme of study you should plan your diary carefully to make sure you have all the deadlines for completion and submission of work highlighted – and then meet them!

    Who is the ESTA PG Cert. (String Teaching) for?

    The ESTA PG Cert. (String Teaching) course is for all teachers of bowed stringed instruments and aims to:

    • develop practical skill in teaching musical and technical material, fostering an engaging and student-appropriate approach to
      music  learning and performance
    • foster an investigative and inquisitive approach to teaching by developing skills in both research and reflection
    • actively develop communication skills to enable effective teaching
    • develop skills in curriculum planning that are highly relevant in the profession.

    About the course

    Please visit the course website for full information.


    Rachel Hall

    Rachel Hall: ‘This course has enabled me to thoroughly reflect on approaches to string teaching and improve my own teaching skills whilst studying for a specific qualification.’





    Danielle Jones

    Danielle Jones: ‘I’d say something along the lines of gaining more confidence in my teaching.. its such a unique course, I’d been looking for relevant professional development opportunities for a while and this was the first which seemed specifically tailored to me as a cello teacher. The tutors are inspirational and I have made great friends from all over the world, all of us share the same passion for teaching string instruments!’




    David Novalbos Muela: ‘The PGCert is allowing me to improve my teaching further through self-reflection and sharing ideas with a lovely team of mentors and colleagues. It’s being just what I needed at this point of my teaching career!’





    Julie Robinson: ‘The ESTA PGCert has given me the tools to analyse my own technique, helping me to become a better player and teacher.   I have enjoyed being able to exchange ideas with colleagues outside of my immediate circle, including our excellent mentors.





    Sharon Griffins: ‘I am loving expanding my knowledge of violin teaching, which is something that can only benefit my pupils.’

    Posted In  Postgraduate courses