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Train to be a qualified Violin Teacher

Train to be a Qualified Violin Teacher with Pro-Am Strings

The 2017-2018 course has now started. Registration for the 2018-2019 course will open in January 2018.


Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for advanced players of the violin and viola. Most students will be music degree graduates, but those not in possession of a degree from an established musical institution are invited to apply and may be allowed on the course after they have demonstrated a sufficient level of playing on their instrument in other ways.

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How long does this course take?

This is a part time course and it is assumed that most students will take this course alongside work commitments. As a part time course, the course will take about 10 months to complete. 

How many hours per week should the student set aside for this course?

Most students will spend about 5 hours per week on this course.

 What will this course lead to?

This course will lead to the Pro-Am Strings Certificate of Teaching.


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Interested? Please read on for specific information and registration details 


Course dates 2017-2018:

The course will run from 25th September 2017 to 29th June 2018.



There will be three course modules, each lasting 11 weeks:

  1. 25 September 2017 – 8 December 2017 “Psychology of Learning and Motivation”
  2. 8 January 2018 – 23 March 2018 “Psychology of Teaching”
  3. 16 April 2018 – 29 June 2018 “Pedagogy of violin and repertoire knowledge”



Course certificates will be issued on 13th July 2018.


Course content:

Each course module will consist of a theoretical and a practical element.

The practical element:

The student teacher is expected to take on a violin pupil of their choice at beginner or intermediate playing level. Each week, the student is expected to submit a teaching video of the student teaching this pupil. The video will be assessed and feedback given.

Theoretical element:

During each course module the student will study books and articles from a recommended list for 8 weeks, and then write a 2500-word essay as an end of module task.

The third module will be concluded by a 5000-word essay, which shows how all aspects of learning during the year have become integrated in the student’s teaching. The student will also submit a repertoire list, which will have been developed over the year, containing the student’s choice of violin methods, study books, sonatas and concertos, as these may be used in future teaching.


The student must pass all aspects of the course before the course can be successfully completed.

The practical component of the course will be scored on different aspects of teaching and suggestions for improvements will be given. The student will need to demonstrate that satisfactory improvement has been made on a week-by-week basis for the practical component to be signed off. If the pupil who is being taught gives up playing, it is the student teacher’s responsibility to find a new pupil in time, so that the requirements of the practical component of the course can be met.


Course cost 2017-2018:

The course fee for this course will be £1399.

A non-refundable deposit of £399 is required by 1st September 2017, with the remainder of £1000 due on 15th September.

Fees my also be paid in instalments:

£ 387 on 1st September 2017 and 1st December 2017 and £361 on 1st March 2018. The total fee when paying in instalments will be £1534.


How to enrol for this course?

Before you can enrol as a student on this course, we will need to assess your own playing ability.

You can demonstrate your playing ability in different ways: 

  1. You have a Certificate from a Conservatoire or Music College.
  2. You can send us a recent video of your playing, showing two contrasting pieces, each one lasting no longer than 10 minutes.
  3. Please email us on info@proamstrings.com if you want to show us your playing ability in a different way.

If you have any further questions, or if you would like us to keep you informed about when registration opens for the next course, please email info@proamstrings.com