ESTA UK to pioneer string-teaching accreditation course

ESTA is to create the country’s first dedicated string-teaching qualification, in partnership with Chichester University, where it held its Summer School for the first time in July.
Chichester University has one of the largest music programmes in the UK, with 800 students following performance-focused courses, of which 150 are on four-year conservatoire-style programmes. It is currently undertaking major expansion of its facilities and resources.
University of Chichester campusFormer Chair of ESTA Council John Shayler said of his first visit to the campus: ‘When Philip Aird and I visited Chichester University on a chilly September day in 2015, we weren’t sure what to expect. It soon became apparent that all we had been hoping for was not only possible, but that Chichester was as keen to partner us as we were to partner them. We are looking forward to our continued collaboration with Chichester University’s Music Department and are very excited about how it is already shaping up. Together, we are assuredly stronger.’
The course is being created Richard Crozier, former Director of Professional Development at ABRSM, who will be Course Leader for the first year. Laura Ritchie, Teaching Fellow in Music at Chichester University will act as advisor. It is planned that the first intake will be in January 2017.
Ritchie commented: ‘This new course is the only one of its kind. It allows experienced teachers to develop their skills and deepen their own teaching practices while gaining a post-graduate qualification specifically in string teaching.’
Describing the course, Crozier said: ‘The new ESTA course is designed to enable teachers to be more creative in the way they approach their work and to understand thoroughly all the aspects of string technique that they have to cover. It will refresh end re-energise teaching and learning. Perhaps the most important thing for teachers of all instruments is to keep a focus on their teaching, to ensure that for all their students learning is effective and pleasurable. It’s often quite easy to teach students who find learning easy, but as teachers we should aim to make learning as easy as possible for everyone we teach. This may mean creating our own teaching materials and does mean personalising the curriculum for each individual student.’
The new course will include four main units: Teaching strategies for string teachers: Working with children and young people; Learning to play bowed stringed instruments; Developing effective curricula for string teaching; Teaching effective technique for playing bowed stringed instruments. There will also be three additional units from the Certificate for Music Educators: Promoting children and young people’s positive behavior; Equality, diversity and inclusion in music education; Safeguarding children and young people in music education.
To express interest in the new course, contact Philip Aird: