Musician Wanted

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Musician Wanted

Job description

Multicultural Music Making Mentee

Fixed term, freelance contract: 9 hours per week, October 2016- August 2017

Friction Arts and Natalie Mason are seeking a mentee who can support the delivery of music making workshops for groups of young people in Birmingham. The workshops are funded by the Youth Music Network and are part of a pilot project testing a new methodology in music education, exploring different international musical traditions as a basis for ensemble repertoire and composition. This is a paid, fixed-term development opportunity for a freelance musician who is both committed to delivering a great music-making experience for young people, and interested in contributing to the development of a new working method. The successful applicant will receive on-going mentoring from Friction Arts’ lead artists, learn leadership skills and gain first-hand experience of developing and delivering workshops in school settings. You will meet guest musicians who deliver on this programme, as well as being introduced to Friction Arts’ wider programmes and opportunities.

Sessions: min. 80 sessions (potentially more). Sessions are 3 hours each on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time.

Rate: £45/session

To apply: Submit a one page CV and letter of no more than two pages about why you would like this role to by 5pm on Thursday 22nd September. Interviews will be held on Monday 26th September, and potential mentees will be invited by Wednesday 28th September to assist at a trial workshop in school on Tuesday 4th or Thursday 6th October. The successful applicant will be notified on Friday 7th October, to start assisting sessions in schools the following week.


The successful candidate will:

  1. Support the lead musician delivering workshops in musical performance and composition to groups of young people age 8-11, some of whom may speak English as an additional language. Some sessions will also involve parents and other family members.
  2. Provide administrative support, completing registers, maintaining records, and uploading media to the project website and server after each session.
  3. Contribute to evaluating the success and challenges of each session, providing a critical perspective.
  4. Participate as an assistant to the lead musician in CPD sessions for teachers.
  5. Document sessions using camera, video and audio recorders.
  6. Bring their own musical identity to workshops.

Person specification

The successful candidate will:

  1. Be a passionate music maker with instrumental and/or vocal ability.
  2. Have previous experience working with young people in an education or youth leadership context.
  3. Be interested in the development of a new music education methodology, and able to articulate their thoughts, responses and ideas on activities and how they reflect the ambitions for the programme.
  4. Be willing to undertake a DBS check.
  5. Be committed to supporting equal opportunities for all people, and promoting diversity of expression.
  6. Be competent in the use of computers, digital cameras, audio recorders, and willing to learn to use new technology.

Desirable characteristics include:

  1. Strong interest in international music and research.
  2. Experience working with young people with English as an additional language.
  3. The ability to speak more than one language.
  4. The ability to drive.

You will need to be able to attend an interview on Monday 26th September, and a practical assessment on either Tuesday 4th or Thursday 6th October. The successful candidate will be notified on Friday 7th October to start in the week beginning 10th October.

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