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Teachers: why not take a look at the benefits of a career with ESTA?

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

ESTAs aims & objectives:

  • To promote the highest artistic and pedagogic standards among string teachers and students
  • To promote lifelong high quality learning of stringed instruments open to all
  • To provide a professional association for string teachers and players
  • To sponsor the study of all phases 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, both experienced and less experienced
  • To promote conferences, workshops, lectures, discussion and collaborations with other organisations
  • To sponsor publications supporting ESTA's wider aims

There are many benefits to be 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.



Benefits on an ESTA membership:

Professional Development

  • 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

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


  • 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
  • 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
  • Discount on Strad subscription
  • Discounts on instrument insurance

For more information on ESTA, please visit

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
  • 1 cello, selected by our cellist amongst all the cellos fitting quality and budget requirements
  • 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