ESTA’s accredited Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching


Saturday, 31st October 2020-11.00am-11.30am

The ESTA PG Certificate is a unique qualification for the teaching profession. The course has a duration of 12 months and it is specifically designed to fit around and complement your teaching schedule. Delivered mainly online, with a week’s face-to-face summer school, its focus is on the specific instrumental techniques and strategies and it will encourage you to develop a broader perspective of teaching in music education.

This is an opportunity to take a look at your own teaching technique and reflect on the 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.

· Develop practical skills in teaching musical and technical material, fostering an engaging and student-appropriate approach to music learning and performance.

· Adopt 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 to the profession.

The course offers a well-structured programme with mentors who are highly experienced teachers, and a blend of face-to-face and online learning that results in a master’s level qualification which is fully accredited by the University of Chichester (UK).

There are four mandatory units of study:

Unit 1: Teaching strategies for string teachers: Working with children and young people

Unit 2: Teaching effective techniques for playing bowed stringed instruments

Unit 3: Learning to play bowed stringed instruments

Unit 4: Developing an effective curriculum for string teaching

A further three additional 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

“Being part of the ESTA PG Cert as a mentor has given me the opportunity to evaluate, research and discuss aspects of teaching with a team of passionate strings teachers. It has been wonderful to sense developments in my own teaching practice as well as helping to guide course participants on their own learning journeys and discoveries. The collective experience and varied approaches of the PG Cert course leaders, mentors and participants guarantee an enriching experience for all.” Sarah Crooks, Young Strings Senior Tutor, Royal Northern College of Music.

“Very positive experience – especially reflection and taking time to think. In our busy lives, there isn’t time for reflection.” David Novalbos Muela (violin teacher, UK)

“The course has given me confirmation that I’m doing things right – as well as exploring new ideas. I’m thoroughly enjoying this new learning journey.” Heather Lander (cello teacher, Australia).

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About the speaker

Philip Aird

After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Philip completed his Post Graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Philip now enjoys a career in music with roles in senior management, performance, and education. He is currently CEO of the European String Teachers Association, Director of Young Grittleton Chamber Music Courses, Joint Managing Director of PartPlay LTD and a member of the 1st violin section of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

His playing career has included guesting with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Philip loves musicals and has played frequently in London’s West End for shows such as Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, Showboat and West Side Story. His studio work includes numerous recordings for film and TV, including Harry Potter (The Half-Blood Prince) and several drama series for the BBC and ITV.

As an educator, Philip has held teaching posts at several independent schools and also lectured at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In collaboration with Thomastik-Infeld, Philip as co-founder of PartPlay has launched a free app and online resource for students wishing to study chamber music.

In his role as CEO of ESTA UK, Philip has developed the strategic pathway for its professional development courses and accredited programs. Philip is also in demand as a consultant and works closely with the music industry. Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, String Ambassador for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has an MBA from Aston Business School.

Hobbies include supporting Welsh Rugby Union, cooking and collecting (and drinking) vintage port.