ESTA
Certificate for Teachers course

This is a programme of study run by ESTA Education, a UK accredited organisation offering multi-instrumental courses at various levels.

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 6 full study days (0900-1800hrs) 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 £2,200 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:

  • Early education and approaches to piano teaching Improvisation for beginners
  • Playing by ear
  • Creative teaching
  • Understanding Childhood Psychology
  • Preparation for examinations
  • Preparation for Viva Voce in teaching Diplomas
  • Playing the piano convincingly
  • Piano duets and their value
  • 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
  • Developing good sight reading skills using the Paul Harris method
  • Motivating teenagers
  • Preparing students for competitions
  • Planning student concerts by a teacher
  • 20th Century piano music (Russian, French, American and English music)
  • Jazz (Blues, Ragtime and technique involved in Jazz performance)
  • An exploration of more advanced piano repertoire
  • Teaching Adults
  • Development of a secure finger technique (methods, etudes and physiology of piano playing)
  • Touch and Tone
  • Pedal techniques
  • The Holistic musician

FAQ’s

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Who is the course for?

This course is for piano teachers who want to improve their skills and knowledge, or use it as a stepping stone 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 with 24 topics explored in an interactive way with teachers. 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.

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 6 face to face days with the course leader. Assessment will be based on one 1,500 word written assignment (in English or Chinese).

What qualifications do I need to enrol on the course?

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.

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.

Will I still get the discount if I don’t attend the taster session.

Only teachers attending the taster session qualify for the discount.

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