The PG Cert. (String Teaching) programme is at postgraduate level and is 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.
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 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. 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 Postgraduate Certificate (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 from 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 meet them!