New ESTA string teaching qualification.
ESTA is offering the UK’s first accredited PG Cert. (String Teaching) course and qualification, starting in May 2017.
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 bis 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 skill 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.
For a more detailed over view of the course please visit www.estastringspgc.org.uk but in a nut shell:
Subject to formal approval processes, the course is timetabled over a period of one calendar year and begins in March. There are four units of study which must all be completed in chronological order and, in addition to online working, students are expected to attend specific study days as indicated in the timetable. A further three units focus on:
-safeguarding children and young people in music education.
-equality, diversity and inclusion in music education
-promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour.
These three units are based on the Certificate for Music Educators qualification (CME).