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ESTA MA Music – Brass

About the course

The instrumental teaching profession demands constant reflection and improvement from its practitioners. This course will help you to validate your personal development and formalise your academic qualification to teach.


Our programme of study is designed to enable you as an instrumental or vocal teacher to progress from the stage you are in your career and to take a fresh look at the way you approach your teaching.


Your studies will be online, engaging with tasks including webinars, meetings with your mentor, taking part in discussion groups, reading, making videos. You will reflect on and develop your teaching focusing on the context in which you work. This 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.


You will be assigned a mentor who shares your specialism (e.g. brass, bowed strings, piano, voice, woodwind, percussion, plucked strings) and your mentor’s job is to guide you through the course, lead study sessions and feedback on your work and progress.

Being a student on this course is all about developing as a reflective practitioner, someone who is willing to stand back and look at their work and contemplate changing aspects if both you and your students will benefit. 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.


To gain the maximum benefit for 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 – and then please take notice of them.


This programme is delivered by ESTA and validated by the University of Chichester.

Who is it for ?

Moving on from the ESTA PG Cert in Teaching, the ESTA MA (Brass) Practical Teaching provides students with the opportunity to reflect more deeply and demonstrate the application of learned theory in their own personal teaching setting.


The instrumental teaching profession demands constant reflection and improvement from its practitioners. This course will help you to validate your personal development and formalise your academic qualification to teach.


Participants will:

  • Develop practical skills in teaching musical and technical material, fostering an engaging and student-appropriate approach to music learning and performance

  • Foster an investigative and inquisitive approach to teaching by developing skills in both research and reflection

  • Actively develop communication skills to enable effective teaching

  • Develop skills in curriculum planning that are highly relevant in the profession.

Who
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Who teaches the course

David Barnard

Head of Department – Brass

David Barnard

BA (Hons), ARCM, PGCE, FRSA

David Barnard is CEO of Resonance (a multi-million-pound music centre in the Black Country), a part-time education official for the Musicians’ Union and a freelance consultant specialising in music education.


His clients have included Roland Europe, I Like Music, Music for All and a number of music education hubs and co-operatives. He holds a first-class honours degree in music, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, a Performance Diploma from the Royal College of Music, and a Diploma in Management from Leicester University.


He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Chartered Institute of Management. David’s professional career has included a number of senior positions, including: Director of Education for Roland UK; Course Leader for the ABRSM’s professional development programme; Director of Swindon Music Service; Head of Music Centres for Kingston Music Service and Enfield Arts.


He has also worked as a professional trombonist, conductor, lecturer (Middlesex University), publisher and examiner (Guildhall School of Music), and was founder of the Swindon Music Co-operative. David is Chairman of the Music Industries’ Association education committee and is a trustee of the Ernest Read Music Trust.

Course content by unit




Unit 1: Teaching brass instrument technique to children and young people learning brass instruments 

  1. Physiology & posture

  2. Breathing & breath control

  3. Embouchure formation

  4. Articulation & tonguing

  5. Tone quality

  6. Developing tonal and dynamic range

  7. Mouthpieces

  8. Effective practice routines

  9. Repertoire

  10. Problem-solving strategies



Unit 2: How children and young people learn to play brass instruments

  1. How learners learn

  2. Simultaneous Learning

  3. Learning spiral

  4. My learners now

  5. Understanding, assimilating and consolidating skills, knowledge and understanding

  6. Learning music musically

  7. Developing aural awareness/perception and acuity

  8. Pupil/teacher relationships

  9. Learning scales and studies

  10. Starting a lesson



Unit 3: Teaching strategies for brass instrument teachers working with children and young people

  1. Understanding my teaching now

  2. Preparation for teaching

  3. Expectation of teaching outcomes

  4. Diagnosis of learners’ needs

  5. Audio-Visual-Kinaesthetic learning

  6. Aptitude for learning

  7. Motivation for learning

  8. Simultaneous learning

  9. Assessment

  10. Exams/Festivals/Competitions

  11. Tutors/methods

  12. Teaching whole classes/small groups/individuals

  13. Proactive and reactive teaching



Unit 4: Developing a brass instrument teaching curriculum for children and young people           

  1. Understanding what is meant by a curriculum and a syllabus

  2. Preparing and implementing schemes of work

  3. Short/medium and long term planning

  4. Personalising learning

  5. Becoming a reflective practitioner

  6. Communicating as a musician

  7. Playing and performing

  8. Chamber music

  9. Special Needs

  10. Schools of Brass playing



Unit 5: Teaching Individuals

This module covers a solid base of teaching and learning theory and introduces students to core concepts in psychology having to do with learners as individuals, self-belief, motivation, and thinking processes. The structure of a private music lesson and methods for engaging learners as creative individuals are presented. Students explore various traditional and innovative music teaching methods and consider how these can be adapted for a range of learners.


This module challenges students to focus on the differences present in individual pupils. Students consider their choice of repertoire and how that relates to their critical approach to teaching each individual student. Topics to be covered include:

  1. Skills in written communication when articulating and planning teaching content

  2. Collecting and organising musical materials to support targeted strategies for teaching different learners

  3. Comparative analysis of learners’ progress over time

  4. Scholarly presentation and referencing

  5. Experience with private teaching in a variety of settings



Key Skill

  • Autonomous learning required for managing complex tasks

  • Psychological, imaginative, and intuitive understanding

  • Development and sustaining arguments to solve problems

  • Use research and extend current teaching methods to broaden understanding



Unit 6: Creative Repertoire

Throughout the semester, students explore various core pieces of technical and performance repertoire for their instrument. The focus is on the learning concepts in these pieces and how to address these concepts by engaging students and incorporating elements of creativity and fun.


Students are assigned pieces of music to examine and identify other pieces as models from within their traditional teaching and performance repertoire. They then create new purpose-designed repertoire for teaching using various structures and styles.


This newly created material can include adapted versions of existing material, use theme and variations, include duet or multi-player parts and /or be interactive repertoire. Students will explore creating repertoire in diverse styles (other than the original) such as using pop, jazz, blues, and classical models.



Key Skills

  • Autonomous learning required for managing complex tasks

  • Creative problem solving

  • Use of research tools in extending knowledge and understanding

  • Skills in music arrangement / composition to address musical and technical learning

  • Awareness of the needs of individual learners (their pupils)

  • Strategies for teaching technical / musical content



Unit 7: Dissertation – Teacher and Student learning process (double module)

This module focuses on a holistic understanding of the learning experience, from both the teacher and the student point of view. The student view is authentic as learners on the MA become first-hand students as they undertake new learning experiences. The fresh look at learning and teaching prepares students to write a considered dissertation that reflects a current knowledge and understanding of aspects of practical teaching in the field.


Semester 1 focuses on the student perspective/experience with the students each receive weekly lessons (as if they were a beginner/student) with course mentors/professor which are video recorded.


Semester 2 delves into planning, reacting to, and working with different students. In this semester students will observe the recorded lessons, including observing each other being taught as well as lessons with different students (children and adults). The focus is shifted from the student experience to shadowing course mentors/staff in order to observe their teaching methods.


The first semester allows the students to get used to the teacher and make progress on particular repertoire and techniques. This also gives the student time to reflect on their learning processes before turning to focus from the teacher’s perspective on planning and methods.


It is understood that when joining the course, students agree to be observed by their peers. Written consent is obtained for videos to become part of future course materials.


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Course structure

This part-time course is timetabled over a period of two calendar years with the next intake beginning in August 2024.


There are 7 units of study which must all be completed in chronological order. A further three additional units focus on: safeguarding children and young people in music education; equality, diversity, and inclusion in music education, and promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour.


The course is delivered online plus 4 days summer residential study at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, UK. The course is delivered in English.*


* Travel costs from the student’s location to Cheltenham are not included in the course fee

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Fee

Course fees

£12,950.00


*Fees include full board and accommodation at the ESTA Summer School.

** Travel costs from the student’s location to Chichester are not included in the course fee.

*** The summer school is a mandatory element of the course.

Entry requirements