ESTA Postgraduate Certificate (ESTA PG Cert)
The ESTA PG Cert was launched in 2017 and represents a partnership and collaboration with the University of Chichester in the UK. This international course is at Masters Level (level 7) and is delivered online, beginning with one week of residential study at the University of Chichester campus.
Enrolment is now open for 2019, and applications are invited from teachers of either bowed string instruments (violin, viola, cello and double bass), or the piano.
The course will begin with its residential week in August 2019, at the University of Chichester in the UK. All students are supported throughout the course by a subject specific mentor.
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 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 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.