Job & Career Opportunities
English Folk Dance & Song Society
Trainee Music Leader
Location: London
Deadline: 23 June 2022
The English Folk Dance and Song Society is seeking a trainee tutor who would like to develop their skills in folk music education to work with its London Youth Folk Ensemble

EFDSS is offering a freelance traineeship, from September 2022 to July 2023, for a musician wishing to develop their skills in folk music education. Trainees will work with the LYFE tutors, as part of the London Youth Folk Ensemble tutor team.

This traineeship is part of EFDSS’ on-going commitment to developing good practice and skills in folk arts education. Trainee folk music educators will support the delivery of our courses whilst being provided with an opportunity to strengthen their teaching / leading skills. They will receive on-going support throughout the project from the EFDSS Education team.

The appointed trainee will take part in every aspect of London Youth Folk Ensemble, from planning meetings, to rehearsals, workshops, performances, and evaluation sessions, with supervision from the professional tutors.

You will:

  • Gain experience of how to teach folk music in a youth ensemble context
  • Gain an understanding about how to work with young musicians of varied levels of experience
  • Have the opportunity to plan and teach tunes and other elements of the rehearsals.
  • Work with the tutor team and EFDSS staff to develop personal skills in planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation of folk music teaching.
  • Attend all LYFE rehearsal sessions and a selection of performances (to be agreed with Education Manager)

Essential criteria (not the full list):

  • Is a competent and skilled musician.
  • Has experience of learning and playing music by ear.
  • Is interested and enthusiastic about traditional music from England and beyond.
  • Has relevant experience (paid or voluntary) working with children and young people.
  • Is committed to high quality learning and participatory experiences for young people.

Fee: £52.50 per 4-hour half-day session, inclusive of travel and planning. £11.55 per hour, for additional planning / evaluation meetings (as agreed with the Education manager).

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