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Trainee Music Tutor Scheme



Herefordshire has a wealth of fantastic young musicians. Some of these have ambitions to work towards some form of portfolio career in music, whilst others will use music and the skills learnt to support other careers and also to enjoy music outside of the world of work.


In 2021 Livewire became part of Encore. There is now a broader range of experiences for people to see the wider scale of a cultural organisation. There will be opportunities for trainees to learn & develop skills alongside professionals. This will include tutoring skills, working with others, business support & administration, performance/concert organisation & management, etc. These are skills that are able to be used not just in the world of performing arts, but across all aspects of adult life.


Encore wants to make sure we are able to nurture our young musicians and support the above. We are particularly keen to support those who may wish to gain experience in teaching, leading workshops and working with young people. Therefore, we should offer opportunities & training to do so! This will not only support our young people, but it will broaden the number of tutors and support to offer but it will enable our sessions to run more smoothly & to achieve more in the sessions. Workforce development is essential to providing an ongoing, developing and sustainable service


The Opportunity


Trainee’s will have the opportunity to work with young people who are developing popular music making skills (song writing, lyric craft, band development, rehearsal & performance techniques). They will be working alongside experienced Encore freelance artists who will have the opportunity to advise and share their practice during sessions. This may include the opportunity to support young people with performances/gigs in the community


1.     Trainee Tutors will attend approximately 6 to 10 Tuesday Sessions or 6 to 10 Saturday Sessions, gaining experience of being a Tutor.


2.     Trainee Tutors will then tutor on one of the full Livewire Central week (Oct half term, Feb half term, May half term or last week of August tbc). This placement will include an opportunity to deliver/lead an aspect/session. This will be agreed with the Trainee Tutor in advance.


Training & Support


The personal development training is just as important as the opportunity to work with young people. Therefore, Trainee Tutors will receive:


  • Regular verbal self-reflective feedback.

  • Targeted support and mentoring from Encore’s experienced Popular Music Leader.

  • Occasional feedback from the wider Encore staff team.

  • One 1:1 meeting (approximately half way through) where formal written feedback is given.

  • One final 1:1 meeting when training completed – to evaluate the trainees placement.

  • When sufficient experience gained, the opportunity to lead a session.

  • The opportunity to create their own “one hour” workshop to be included within the timetable of a project. The trainee would be supported to plan resource and deliver a suitable workshop. 


Further Training will include:


Encore in-house Safeguarding Training (compulsory)


Dedicated training sessions tailored to your development. The following are examples:

  • What is a music workshop/practitioner & An Overview of ALL Livewire sessions.

  • Safeguarding.

  • Inclusivity in Music.

  • Music Making Activities: Warm up games/song writing tips/song materials.

  • Approach and techniques.

  • Skills & Knowledge to pursue a career in music.

  • Planning a session.

  • Finance/Insurance.

  • Reflective Learning.

  • Career development meeting with Encore’s Managing Director.

  • Opportunities to observe other areas of Encore and learn about the wider workings of an arts organisation.


Expectations from You


  • Reliability & commitment to this high quality and heavily funded unique training opportunity.

  • Reliable and good time-keeping.

  • Hard working, including supporting setting up and packing away at rehearsals and performances.

  • Attendance at training sessions.

  • Attendance at course prep meetings.

  • Commitment to the safeguarding, wellbeing and development of young people.


Skills & Experience required to apply


  • Ability to play or sing to proficient level on main instrument.

  • Experience of popular music in practice & performance.

  • Ability to CREATE independently as well as within a team.

  • Not required, but desirable - to have knowledge and/or ability on another instrument.

  • Not required, but desirable - experience in original songwriting / composition.

  • Good interpersonal skills, including ability to connect and engage with YP.


Terms, Benefits & Remuneration


This is a freelance Trainee Tutor position, giving you the experience of being a freelance tutor. This programme is designed to be a bridge between volunteering into the world of paid freelance work. There are thus non-financial and financial benefits.


Non-Financial Benefits:

  • The opportunity to gain experience of a recruitment process, including interview

  • Significant advice, support and mentoring from experienced freelancers and staff

  • Dedicated 1:1 meetings

  • Individual/Small group Training Sessions for Trainee Tutors

Financial Benefits:

  • £600 on completion of the Trainee Tutor Scheme


Recruitment Process


This post is funded by Youth Music and is therefore open to people of ages 17 to 25.


Apply through the Encore’s Safer Recruitment process. This will include the requirement to have an Enhanced DBS check to ensure that you are suitable to work with children and young people.


We know you may not be able to complete all areas of the application or that you may feel daunted by the process below. However, the whole point of the project is to give you the opportunity to gain experience of an interview process. Please be assured that Encore has trained interviewers who fully understand and support the Trainee Tutor scheme……it’s not like The Apprentice interviews! We offer constructive feedback to all candidates who have attended an interview.


Stage 1 – Application Form Submitted


Stage 2  – Invited to interview (if shortlisted)

 At the end of the above, the trainee will be allocated to a specific area of delivery (e.g. Livewire Tuesdays).


Closing Date for Applications: 9am Friday 28th June 2024

Interviews: Tuesday 11th July (If the interview date is a problem can you please say at the point of application.)


Start Date: Likely September 2024, but to be discussed with successful candidates.


If you would like further information or an informal discussion, then please contact:

Chris Butts (Popular Music Leader) –

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