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Teachers: why not take a look at the benefits of an ESTA membership?

The European String Teachers Association is accessible to all teachers of violin, viola, cello and double-bass, anywhere in Europe.

ESTA’s aims & objectives:

ESTA Postgraduate Certificate
  •        To promote the highest artistic and pedagogic standards among string teachers and students
  •        To promote lifelong high-quality learning of stringed instruments
  •        To provide a professional association for string teachers and players
  •        To sponsor the study of all aspects of string playing and teaching
  •        To provide local and national forums for the exchange of ideas
  •        To provide information, support and guidance for all string teachers, at all levels of professional development
  •        To promote conferences, workshops, lectures, discussion and collaborations with other organisations
  •        To sponsor publications supporting ESTA’s wider aims

Benefits on an ESTA membership:

There are many benefits to becoming part of this large family of musicians. Whether you are looking to share your personal experiences or difficulties as a teacher, or looking for new ways to teach, new material, or professional insurance, ESTA will be able to provide you with an array of stimulating life and career-enhancing services.

Professional Development

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  •        Discount at events organised by ESTA
  •        Subscription to the magazine Arco ESTA(UK), highly regarded quarterly journal which includes reviews of new repertoire
  •        Online technique videos with David le Page (violin); Steven Doane (cello) and Cathy Elliott (double bass)
  •        Online forum where you can ask for and offer advice
  •        Access to specialists in Rolland, Suzuki, Colourstrings, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Alexander Technique and Neuro Linguistic Programming
  •        Reference videos, books and reports, including the Paul Rolland films available on loan
  •        Insurance and legal cover

Insurance and Legal Cover

  •        Public Liability
  •        Employers Liability Insurance (excluding residents of the Republic of Ireland)
  •        24-hour legal helpline
  •        24-hour tax helpline
  •        Legal cover including legal defence costs in cases of allegations of abuse


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  •        JESTA website and an unlimited number of copies of JESTA magazine for your students
  •        24/7 access to the Members Area of the ESTA website
  •        Repertoire Database for finding and suggesting repertoire suitable for students at all levels and searchable by musical and instrumental technique
  •        Forum to ask questions and give answers
  •        Job vacancies
  •        Access to the online register of ESTA(UK) members

Financial benefits

  •        Nannie Jamieson Nutshell Fund for assistance with short courses relating to teaching string instruments
  •        Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund for help in introducing young players to chamber music
  •        Elspeth Iliff Fund to foster international exchange of string pedagogy
  •        Strad subscription discount
  •        Discounts on instrument insurance

Join or read more about ESTA here

Exclusive Service Available To UK ESTA Teachers

One of the responsibilities of a teacher is to help their pupil source and select an instrument.  In the absence of a local string specialist, this can be a time consuming, costly and frustrating process.

We stock a wide range of instruments catering to everyone from beginners to professionals, and we are now offering UK ESTA members a 2 week trial delivery service, where we will send a number of instruments to your home to try for 2 weeks.  The return and collection of the instruments or bows is organised by Cardiff Violins free of charge*.

We can send you a pre-selected range of the following instruments (from our intermediate level upwards only):

  •        up to 4 violins or violas
  •        up to 4 bows

We will select the instruments based on the pupil’s level of development and desired tonal qualities, appearance etc. This is normally discussed during a telephone conversation and supported by a questionnaire.

* late returns will incur charges.

Terms and conditions apply. Please contact us on 029 20 22 77 61 or at