We all know that instrumental teaching can be quite an isolated job. Whether you teach from your own home, hire a studio or work in education establishment you are likely in most instances to spend lots of time without the support of other professionals that teach your discipline. Many are also in teaching not by design but merely because they stumbled into the profession via a multitude of routes. As a result, quite a few professionals involved in the mixed world of instrumental teaching find themselves badly prepared and resourced for the very job thing they are doing on a daily basis.
Music College can be a great place to hone your skills on an instrument, university can also provide that opportunity and develop your broader musical skills to a higher level too. Both provide a great grounding for various aspects of the music profession, but few seem to prepare their alumni to teach instruments effectively. Indeed some provide weekly input in how to teach the rare students that can be categorized within the gifted and talented spectrum of the instrumental world, yet very few cater for teaching those to whom both musicianship and learning in a specific way does not come naturally. This leaves many graduates entering the world of portfolio careers where an element of teaching is bound to be encountered, inadequately prepared for the job at hand.
Others entering the complex world of instrumental teaching may not have even come to it with the educational advantages that the conservatoires and universities can offer. Many stumble in to teaching from other careers; perhaps due to redundancy, having a family or possibly the search for a less stressful way of life – best forget that, there must be easier and more secure ways to earn a living!
Instrumental teachers from either of the above categories may have come into the profession under the misapprehension that the only skill you need to be able to teach an instrument effectively is the ability to play it well yourself, or not so well in some cases! How wrong can they be!
Therefore it is vital that opportunities exist for high quality training of inexperienced teachers. It is with this in mind that ESTA Education have developed their suite of professional qualifications directly beneficial and specific to instrumental teachers.
The first of these qualifications is the ESTA Education Certificate for Music Makers.
The Certificate for Music Educators (CME) is a programme of professional development aimed at anyone teaching music. It is validated by Trinity College London, at the standard of GNVQ level 4. The ESTA Education CME is specifically tailored to the needs of the instrumental teacher, making it very different to other CME courses available in the UK.
It is essentially a one year course with the provision of an extension of up to two years, if needed. For further details on the course including course dates and costs visit https://estaeducation.co.uk/esta-cme/
The ESTA Education CME is currently only open to music teachers’ resident and practicing within the UK.
The second of these qualifications is the ESTA Education Post Graduate Certificate.
The ESTA Education PG Cert. (String or Piano Teaching) programme is at postgraduate level, being mainly taught online. Designed to fit alongside other teaching commitments, it will enable you as an instrumental teacher, to take a fresh look at the way you approach your work, no matter the context. Applicants should have at least a couple of years teaching experience and a range of students that they are currently teaching. The awarded level seven Postgraduate Certificate is a unique qualification for the teaching profession.
For further details on the course including course dates and costs visit https://estaeducation.co.uk/esta-pg-cert-course/
The ESTA Education PG Cert. is open to music teachers’ across the globe but the course is delivered in the English language, so a high proficiency in English is essential.