ESTA UK is dedicated to the needs of string teachers across the UK and to improving the quality of string teaching at every level, from toddler to conservatoire. 

  • We provide support and professional development through our website and our magazines, Arco and Jesta, and by organising events across the country throughout the year. 
  • We offer generous financial benefits to members, including insurance and legal cover, funding to put on local events and discounts to ESTA-organised seminars.

You can now watch the recent webinar - a discussion of all aspects of ESTA's pioneering accredited string-teaching postgraduate course - on the new ESTA UK YouTube channel, or on Facebook:


Richard Crozier (Course Director), Professor Laura Ritchie (University of Chichester) and Philip Aird (ESTA Chief Executive) will discuss the course and answer all your questions.


  • The UK’s first online PG Cert. (String Teaching) course and qualification 
  • Aimed at raising standards in string teaching and playing
  • Focuses on a reflective, holistic approach to teaching
  • A collaboration with Chichester University
  • Course designed by Richard Crozier, formerly of ABRSM
  • Level 7 qualification

ESTA’s first string teaching qualification was launched this year and has proved to be quite a success, with students enrolling from as far afield as Canada and Australia. Booking is now open for year 2 (commencing Spring 2018). 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. The course offers a well structured programme with mentors who are all highly experienced string teachers.

To find out more and enrol please click here


A new course developed in collaboration with The Strad magazine and Musical Orbit


  • This course provides an opportunity for students to work closely with some of the finest Concert Masters and section Principals in the world. It is a unique chance to explore the nuances of the different audition processes, trial & probation etiquette and an opportunity to showcase playing. Discussion groups will focus on performance anxiety, instrument set up, behaviour in the workplace, job requirements, contract advice and starting out and changing jobs in the highly competitive classical music business.
  • 5th to 11th August 2018 at Chichester University.
  • Full details can be found at