ESTA (European String Teachers Association) is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1972 in order to promote the highest standards in teaching and to enable the sharing of ideas among string teachers and players of all distinctions throughout Europe.

In the UK branch 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 membership benefits as listed opposite, and support our members with personalised help and advice.

We believe in the possibility for music to change lives; that every child has the right to learn music; and that as teachers we are responsible for the future generations of musicians and music lovers.

Teach smart. Join ESTA UK today!

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Membership benefits include

Professional Development
  • Discounts at events organised by ESTA UK
  • Arco, our highly regarded quarterly journal for string teachers, which includes reviews of new repertoire
  • Jesta, our magazine for young string players
  • Repertoire database for finding and suggesting repertoire suitable for students at all levels and searchable by musical and instrumental technique
Insurance and Legal Cover
  • Public Liability
  • Employers Liability Insurance
  • 24-hour Legal helpline
  • 24-hour Tax helpline
  • Legal cover including legal defence costs in cases of Allegations of Abuse
DBS Checks
  • ESTA UK provides a DBS Disclosure service for our members. If you meet the eligibility criteria set by the UK government, you can apply for a DBS check via ESTA UK
  • Current legislation does not permit self-employed individuals applying for an enhanced level of DBS check, except if a third party, such as ESTA UK, requests the check on their behalf
  • Unlimited copies of Jesta magazine for your students
  • 24/7 access to the Members’ Area of the ESTA UK website
  • A customisable online profile page you can use to promote your teaching, playing or publishing
Financial benefits
  • Nannie Jamieson Nutshell Fund for assistance with short courses relating to teaching string instruments
  • Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund for help in introducing young players to chamber music


Who’s who?

the people behind ESTA UK

Worldwide partners

branches in Europe & beyond

Corporate members

Businesses that support ESTA UK