New ESTA string teaching qualification.
ESTA is offering the UK’s first accredited PG Cert. (String Teaching) course and qualification.

Whether you’re looking to strengthen the foundations of your string teaching work, or to discover useful new strategies, or if you need a refreshing and inspiring boost to your teaching, the course is designed specially for you.



This 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.


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 skills 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.


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 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 PG Cert. (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 for 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 please take notice of them!


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.


Course structure

For a more detailed over view of the course please visit 


How to Apply and course fee

Please visit to complete the on line course application.

The 2018 course fee is set at £2,999.00 and includes full board and accommodation at the summer school.

Bursaries are available for the summer school to ESTA UK members.

Closing date for applications: March 31 2018



ESTA members can apply to the Nutshell fund for a bursary towards the summer school element of the course. For help with general fees we advise using the funding wizard



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).