History of the Relationship between The PTC UK and EPTA UK

The PTC UK had its origins in the EPTA UK Pedagogy Course which began in the 1990’s. This was a part time-course, held in London and taking place on Sundays between January and May each year. Notable former Directors include Dr Patricia Powell, Penelope Roskell and Heli Ignatius-Fleet. In 2007 Lucinda Mackworth-Young was appointed Director. At the same time, William Fong, Head of Keyboard at The Purcell School offered the school as the course venue. This opened up many possibilities: residential weekends throughout the year, use of a vast fleet of Steinway and Fazioli pianos, and expertise from The Purcell School Tutors. It also came with separate administration. All of these elements combined to mark the beginning of The PTC UK in its current form.

Now running independently of each other, The PTC UK and EPTA UK continue to have a mutually supportive relationship. The PTC UK Tutors are highly valued and respected EPTA UK members who teach in line with EPTA UK’s mission statement and abide by the EPTA UK Code of Conduct. The EPTA UK Management Committee continues to take an interest in The PTC UK’s continuing development within the UK and Overseas.


EPTA UK – The European Piano Teachers Association UK Ltd – was founded in 1978 by Carola Grindea, who also founded the Europe-wide co-ordinating body, EPTA. It now has Associations in almost every European country, and an International Conference of all EPTA Associations is held in a different country each year.

The aims of EPTA UK are to promote excellence in piano teaching and performance, to bring teachers and performers together and to raise standards within the profession.

EPTA UK members should adopt the highest standards of professional integrity in all their contacts with students, pupils, parents, colleagues and other professionals, at all times and in all places. 

EPTA UK membership for PTC UK students

New PTC UK students are entitled to one year of free EPTA UK Associate Membership, which includes an entry in the annual EPTA UK Handbook. Should you achieve the Cert PTC you automatically upgrade to Professional Membership for the following year. Once a Professional Member you have the option of being listed on the EPTA UK website in the Find a Teacher section. Should you wish to do so, you will need to provide a current DBS form. EPTA UK Membership runs annually from April to March. For PTC UK students, EPTA UK membership commences in October, to align with the start date of the course.

Bursaries for PTC UK students

The Mark Ray Memorial Fund provides limited financial support to EPTA UK members for CPD – Continuing Professional Development. Those wishing to enrol on The PTC, who are seeking financial support to help toward the course fee, can apply for a bursary through this fund. Applications from non EPTA UK members are equally welcome.

Application forms are available from Carole Booth, The Administrator EPTA UK at: admin@epta-uk.org or to download here:-

The closing date for Bursary applications is Monday 18th June 2018. The decision will be made during the following week and announced on Monday 25th June. The closing date for the PTC UK early bird discount is Friday 29th June

Please note that the application form is in Word. Please would you fill it in on-line, rather than by hand – and email it. 

EPTA UK Website

Click here to view the new EPTA UK website for all event and membership information














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