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Train to be a qualified Violin Teacher

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

Registration for starting in September 2019 is now open.


Do you teach a few violin students and would you like to know more about

  • what to teach at which stage in a student’s learning

  • how to teach the different techniques

  • why you teach something

  • how to keep your students motivated?

Are you perhaps a performer or orchestral player wanting to go into teaching properly? Are you keen to make your hobby into a well-thought out career? Then this might be the course for you!


Who is this course for?

This Masters-level 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 having 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 I 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 2019-2020:

The course will run from 23rd September 2019 to 26th June 2020.



There will be three course modules:

  1. 23 September 2019 – 13 December 2019 “Psychology of Learning and Motivation”  12 weeks
  2. 13 January 2020 – 20 March 2020 “Psychology of Teaching” 10 weeks
  3. 20 April 2020 – 26 June 2020 “Pedagogy of violin and repertoire knowledge” 10 weeks



Course certificates will be issued on 17 July 2020.


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 2019-2020: 

The course fee for this course will be £1499.

A non-refundable deposit of £499 is required by 1 September 2019, with the remainder of £1000 due on 20 September.

Fees my also be paid in instalments:

£499 on 1st September 2019 (non-refundable deposit) and £612.45 each on 1st December 2019 and  on 1st March 2020. The total fee when paying in instalments will be £1723.90.


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 use the form below if you want to show us your playing ability in a different way.

To enrol, or for any enquiries, please use the form below. Be aware that this is a bespoke course. After submission of the form, we will contact you to discuss your individual requirements. Thank you. 



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