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ESTA
Certificate for Teachers course

THIS IS A PROGRAMME OF STUDY RUN BY ESTA EDUCATION and endorsed by the university of Chichester and Royal welsh college of music and drama

This course is currently available for teachers based in China, Hong Kong and South East Asia, who teach piano or strings.  

It is designed by Bill Thomson (distinguished musician, teacher and former ABRSM Hong Kong and Singapore Development Executive) and Professor Laura Ritchie  (Professor of Learning and Teaching at University of Chichester) and taught face-to-face by experienced mentors. 

This course is delivered bi-lingually (with resident experienced musician interpreters) and covers the principles of teaching. It is suitable for new, aspiring teachers of piano and strings, as well as those experienced teachers who work in isolation and who would benefit from interacting with colleagues.

The course consists of 5 full study days with the Course Leader, and mentors drawn from the ESTA mentor panel. Minimum requirements for enrolment are a pass in Grade 8 Piano from ABRSM or another recognised examination board and minimum age is 18 years of age.

This course will provide skills and knowledge, as well as a stepping stone for those with plans to take Teaching Diplomas. Equally, it will provide refreshment and new approaches for experienced teachers.

The Course Leader and mentors are British trained, Western music educators who have many years’ experience in supporting music teachers across South East Asia.

Assessment will be based on one 1,500 word written assignment (in English or Chinese) at the mid-way point of the course. Study topics such as: creative teaching processes; methodology; psychology of teaching; examination preparation and ABRSM examination repertoire; improvisation and ensemble playing are all included in this unique course.

Fees for the course are £1,200 per student.

Applications for 2019 are now open

Course topics

On this unique course the following topics will be explored in an interactive way with teachers:

  • Processes of teaching
  • Methodology of teaching
  • Psychology of teaching
  • Examination/Diploma preparation and repertoire.

Detailed content for piano:

  • Early education and approaches to piano teaching
  • Improvisation for beginners
  • Playing by ear
  • Creative teaching
  • Preparation for Viva Voce in teaching Diploma
  • Piano duets and their value
  • Developing good sight reading skills using the Paul Harris method
  • An exploration of more advanced piano repertoire
  • Developing memory skills as a pianist
  • G.6 to G.8 piano repertoire
  • The history of the piano and its development through the last 300 years
  • 20th Century piano music
    (Russian, French, American and English music)
  • Jazz (Blues, Ragtime and technique involved
    in Jazz performance)
  • Touch and Tone
  • Pedal techniques

Detailed content for strings:

  • Early education and approaches to string teaching
  • Improvisation for beginners
  • Playing by ear
  • Creative teaching
  • Preparation for Viva Voce in teaching Diploma
  • The value of chamber music
  • Developing good sight reading skills using the Paul Harris method
  • An exploration of more advanced String repertoire
  • Bowing techniques
  • Developing a secure left hand technique
  • G.6 to G.8 string repertoire
  • Developing memory skills as a string player
  • Vibrato and Tone production
  • Alternate styles
  • Teaching adults

FAQ’s

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Who is the course for?

This course is for piano and string teachers who want to improve their skills and knowledge or use it as a steppingstone when preparing to take Teaching Diplomas. Equally, it will provide refreshment and new approaches for experienced teachers. The Course Leader and mentors are British trained, Western music educators who have many years’ experience in supporting music teachers across South East Asia.

Is the course about one particular method of teaching?

The course covers the principles of teaching explored in an interactive way with teachers. Study topics such as: creative teaching processes; methodology; psychology of teaching; examination and repertoire preparation; improvisation and ensemble playing are all included in this unique course.

What language is the course delivered in.

The course is delivered in Chinese and English.

What language will I have to submit written work in?

Written work can be submitted in either English or Chinese.

How do I apply for the course?

To apply please contact ESTA Director of Development. Ms Madeline Kam mkam@estaeducation.co.uk

How long is the course?

The course consists of 4 days face-to-face with your Course Leader Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, Friday. The Wednesday is designed to be a reflection day.

How will I be assessed?

Students on the ESTA CfT are asked to submit a 1,500 word written assignment choosing from a range of study topics. Students also submit 2 recordings of themselves teaching for comment and feedback

What qualifications do I need to enrol on the course?

Minimum requirements for enrolment are a pass in Grade 8 from ABRSM or another recognised examination board and minimum age is 18 years of age.

How do I pay for the course?

All credit and debit cards are accepted. A payment link will be sent to you once your application has been accepted.

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