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Project Musician: Intermediate and Themed Ukulele

Posted on 8 August 2017

Application closing date: 9am on Friday 18th August 2017

Introduction to Sage Gateshead

Founded in 2004, Sage Gateshead has an international reputation as a new centre for music combining performance, education and participation working across a wide range of musical genres and reaching a broad audience. Founded with a mixed business model, the charity’s turnover of £15million combines, box office, commercial, fundraised income with public subsidy.

Sage Gateshead runs:

  • One of the largest Music Learning & Participation Programmes in the UK
  • A Performance Programme of events and festivals across musical genres (folk, classical, rock, indie, jazz, electronic) for 360 days of the year
  • One of the biggest conference and events businesses in the region
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full time contract chamber orchestra
  • A folk development agency, Folkworks
  • An iconic visitor attraction, designed by Foster + Partners on the banks of the Tyne with a large public space, three auditoriums and 25 learning spaces

In 2014/15 Sage Gateshead delivered:

  • 623 performance events
  • 13,045 courses, classes and workshops
  • 64 conferences
  • 22 premieres and commissions
  • 105 broadcasts

In 2014 Sage Gateshead completed its first decade. During this period the charity had:

  • 6 million visitors
  • 1.5 million participants
  • 1000 conferences
  • 4000 concerts
  • £283 million of economic benefit to the region

Overall purpose & nature of the role

We are looking for an experienced Ukulele player to lead our Adult Intermediate Course and our Adult Themed Ukulele Course. The tutor will devise and deliver sessions to help improve Ukulele playing in a fun and supportive environment as well as devising a new theme each term for Themed Ukuleles.

Intermediate Ukulele is a one hour class designed for intermediate players who have the basic chords down and are interested in progressing to a higher level. Participants will learn new repertoire and continue to develop technique and grow in confidence. Participants will enjoy a wide range of repertoire, improve chord knowledge and learn crucial short cuts to accelerate playing.

Themed Ukuleles is a one and a half hour class for intermediate players who are keen to try new and existing repertoire. Each term will explore a different theme, previous themes have included Simon and Garfunkel, Buddy Holly and Disco music.

As Project Musician you will be interested in leading a regular adult course, with knowledge about how to bring adult participants on a learning journey through music and signpost on into other areas of musical learning.

You will have proven experience of playing ukulele and leading group sessions as well a good understanding of ukulele repertoire and good interpersonal skills.

As Project Musician you will be involved in regular creative planning sessions with other musicians and project partners, as well as meetings as necessary with the appropriate task manager. There will also be occasional workshops and training events with other artists.

Work will be arranged in line with the needs and demands of the programme.

Job Information

Job Title: Project Musician: Intermediate and Themed Ukulele Classes on Adult Programme
Department & Team: Public Engagement Programme
Location: Sage Gateshead
Working Hours: 2.5 Hours for 30 weeks a year on Wednesday evenings during term time, 6:30 -9pm
Salary: £22,999 – £24,652 (SCP 26-28) pro rata
Duration of role: Fixed term until 31st August 2018

Position in Organisation

Reports to: Adult Programme Leader
Responsible for: None
Works in conjunction with: Other members of Public Engagement Team and Young People’s Programme
Budget accountability: None

Main Responsibilities

  • To lead regular classes at Sage Gateshead and other venues as directed.
  • To work with the programme leader to plan termly repertoire for participants.
  • To collaborate with programme leader, other musicians and partners as directed on planning music activities and projects across a diverse age range.
  • To devise and run agreed music activities.
  • To devise a new and exciting theme each term for Themed Ukuleles.
  • To plan, prepare and manage resources as appropriate.
  • To plan and lead the training of apprentices and volunteers with others as directed.
  • To work with other musicians and programme leaders on the development of creative resources where appropriate.
  • To participate in Sage Gateshead evaluation, networking and development as agreed.
  • To report on progress of work as agreed.

Knowledge, experience and skills required to do job

Essential (required):

  • At least 1 year’s relevant experience, demonstrating excellence as a performer/practitioner in one or more of the following areas:
    - Instrumental skills
    - Singing and leading singing activities
    - Song-writing, composition
    - Music making delivery
  • Proven, effective and appropriate group work skills.
  • Music facilitation.
  • Knowledge of current debates around music education and community music.
  • Knowledge of current developments in chosen musical field.
  • Effective, articulate written and oral communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • An appropriate attitude.
  • Commitment to team work and collaboration.
  • Commitment to work with a variety of different groups from the under 5’s to over 50’s.
  • Passion about music

Desirable (optional):

  • Qualification in music or teaching.
  • Knowledge of general social issues faced by participants.

Terms and Conditions

We believe Sage Gateshead is a great place to work – an innovative and friendly environment, where no two days are ever the same.

The salary for this post is £22,999 – £24,652 pro rata (SCP 26 – 28).

We also offer subsidised parking for staff members, as well as a discount in our café, and access to a voluntary health cash plan, bike to work scheme, childcare vouchers and travel ticket scheme.

How to Apply

Applications must be made on a North Music Trust online application form.

We regret that CV’s cannot be accepted. If you have any queries about your application please contact 0191 443 5259

Download the job description

Completed applications should be returned no later than 9.00am on Friday 18th August 2017.