Assistant Tutor Job Description
Role: Assistant Tutor (freelance)
Job Summary: Supporting a lead tutor to deliver youth music workshops. These workshops will come together with others across the city to form an exciting and collaborative youth music collective and a unique and contemporary youth orchestra.
- One term between 1st October 2019 and 17th December 2019. Workshops on various days and times, see below for details.
- Training/induction sessions will take place on:
- Tue 1stOct 2019 5-8:30pm
- Tue 8thOct 2019 5-8:30pm
- Other group meetings, workshops, rehearsals and concerts will also be arranged in the course of the project.
- Rate of £35for workshops at the North Edinburgh Arts Tuesday night hub (3.5 hours), inclusive of any set-up time, preparation and admin required for the workshops.
- Any additional tutoring work required will be paid at a rate of £10/hr for delivery/engagement time (time spent actually working with the group).
- Any additional group meetings, admin or preparation work must be agreed with Lead Tutor and will be paid at £10/hr.
Note: Most workshops will be paid at the fees above, and any additional work will be discussed and arranged at the rates described. If there is significant or unexpected extra work (or work of a different nature/timeframe) that comes up during the project we will try to support this within the budget, or help manage the workload using the people and resources we have available.
Application Deadline: Midnight on Sunday 15th September.
You will be responsible for supporting Tinderbox Lead Tutors in the delivery of music workshops with youth and community groups. This may involve leading subgroups or sectional practices, providing some one-to-one support within the group, supporting young people who may be disengaged with the activities, and generally encouraging all of the young people to take part in activities and interact positively with others in the group. We expect assistant tutors to be comfortable working with different groups of young people and able to take initiative, responding appropriately to situations, being sensitive to group dynamics, taking a lead when required and supporting the lead tutor and young people in whatever ways are needed in the session.
You will be part of a large team of Lead Tutors, Assistant Tutors, Apprentices, Youth Workers, and Volunteers, all working together to build an alternative and accessible youth music collective and orchestra, and to inspire young people in music who may not otherwise have these opportunities. This team will be working with several different groups of young people and community groups across Edinburgh. These groups will come together in different ways, performing with and alongside each other at events, and/or combining to form an orchestra playing their music. With each group we would like to work on some original material from the group, as well as teaching some basic parts of one or more pieces so everyone can perform together in the orchestra. The groups have widely varying needs, structures, ages and behaviours, so we will have to be flexible and adaptive to bring to life what the different groups achieve in the best way possible, and in how we bring the different groups together as well.
As an assistant tutor, you will have access to various training opportunities in areas relevant to community music.
Duties & Responsibilities
- To be a reliable and responsible support to tutors during workshops, helping run the workshops effectively and taking on various duties required.
- To give particular attention and support to young people who might be disengaging in group activities.
- To help set up and pack down workshops.
- To help prepare music & activities for each workshop.
- To be on time, responsible and professional in your conduct.
- To keep in contact with the Tinderbox project manager & lead tutor of your group.
- To attend all meetings and training events.
- To complete a short evaluation of each week and update the team and Tinderbox project manager either via the online forum or directly.
- To write a case study of a participant you have worked with to be completed by Tue 17thDecember 2019 (support for this will be provided if needed).
- To write a short personal account of your experience to be completed by Tue 17thDecember 2019 (support for this will be provided if needed).
- To generally contribute to discussion and work as part of a team to build and shape the Tinderbox project as it evolves.
- To keep record of and invoice for all work in a professional and timely manner.
- To sign and familiarise yourself with the Tinderbox Project Child Protection Code of Conduct.
- To be aware of, and comply with, any child-safety regulations and other policies and procedures of Tinderbox and any partner organisations you may be working with.
To be suitable candidate for this post you should be:
- A highly motivated individual with a good level of musical ability and a passion for youth music, community work and education.
- Responsible, reliable and punctual.
- Resourceful and able to adapt to changing plans or circumstances, which is often necessary due to the nature of the groups we work with.
- Friendly and able to communicate well with young people.
- Able to work well in teams, communicate well and solve problems together.
- Work-experience within youth music settings, such as group teaching or group music workshops.
- Work-experience with vulnerable groups and young people with behavioural support needs.
- A good level of musical ability and experience playing with others in bands or ensembles.
Dates and Times:
Term dates and workshop times are outlined below. All apprentices will ideally work at the Tuesday Night hubs at North Edinburgh Arts with the possibility of working at other workshops by arrangement with the Lead Tutor.
- Term 1: Tue 1stOct – Tue 17th Dec 2019
Currently the days/times for the different workshops are scheduled as below, though these may be subject to change depending on the needs of the group. These include set-up time for the workshops.
- Tuesdays, 5pm – 8.30pm– Tinderbox Youth & Community Hub at North Edinburgh Arts
- Other workshops will be arranged throughout the course of the programme.
Collaborating Groups & Organisations:
The core youth and community groups involved in the project are (with other partners/contributors potentially becoming involved as the project develops):
- Kaimes School – working with young people with autism and additional support needs.
- Rock Trust – Charity working with young people around homeless issues.
- Muirhouse Youth Development Group – Drop in youth hubs at Pilton Youth and Children’s Project and North Edinburgh Arts centre.
- Tinderbox Youth & Community Music Hub at North Edinburgh Arts – central music hub for the project.
- Tinderbox Orchestras – Part of the wider Tinderbox Collective, these are contemporary youth orchestras for more experienced young musicians. The groups often collaborate and perform together.
- Craigroyston Community High School.
- Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity – Transforming the experiences of children and young people in hospital so they can be a child first and a patient second.
- Howdenhall Secure Services Music Sessions
- Amazing Harmonies Choir Workshops
- Granton & Ferryhill Primary Schools Project
- Granton Youth Centre
- Seamab School
- Hot Chocolate Youth Club, Dundee
- Sound Cycle, Borders
The key aims of the project are:
- Engaging young people in music who would not otherwise access these types of opportunities.
- Creating opportunities for young people of diverse and often isolated and vulnerable backgrounds to take part in positive activities, meet and work with new people, and engage with wider networks.
- Developing an all-inclusive and contemporary youth orchestra, accessible to young people who do not play any music through to experienced young musicians.
- To build and grow an exciting and diverse creative collective of young people in Edinburgh.
- To build a sustainable and lasting youth music hub in North Edinburgh Arts Centre as a base for Tinderbox Youth and Community, and a place where young people can continue to attend if and when these workshops end.
Applications should consist of a cover letter detailing your experience and interest in the position, and a recent CV including a reference.
Shortlisted candidates may be asked to attend an interview to discuss the project and position.
If you have any questions or for an informal chat about the post, please contact Jed Milroy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07815 901429