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Minster Minstrels Intern (paid)

We are looking for a motivated, professionally-minded individual, with an interest in music education and supporting young people, to join the NCEM's Learning & Participation team, specifically working with the Minster Minstrels (York's youth early music instrumental ensemble, run in partnership with York Music Centre). The role is ideal for a current postgraduate student or a recent graduate seeking fulfilling practical work experience.

Place of work:
York Music Centre, Millthorpe School, Nunthorpe Avenue, York YO23 1WF for weekly rehearsals, with occasional need to travel to other venues for special workshops and rehearsals, performances and educational outings.

Working schedule:
9.15am-1.00pm, every Saturday morning during school term times, across all three terms of the 2017-18 academic year. Full details of York Music Centre term dates can be found here . In addition, the Minster Minstrels Intern will be required to attend performances (and any rehearsals on the days of these performances), as part of the NCEM's Early Music Festivals and York Music Centre events, which may take place on weekday evenings or at weekends.

The Minster Minstrels Intern should:
  • Be punctual, reliable, well-organised and hard-working;
  • Be a good communicator, particularly with young people aged 7-18;
  • Have a genuine enthusiasm for providing excellent educational and musical experiences, and developing skills in ensemble leadership;
  • Be practically-minded, willing to take initiative and equally able to work under instruction from others;
  • Have a passion for early music and some knowledge of performing medieval, renaissance and baroque music in a historically informed way (ideally the Intern will be specialising in this area at postgraduate level);
  • Have, or be willing to obtain, an enhanced DBS check and be able to share additional safeguarding documents (CV, references, recent safeguarding training certificates and details of Public Liability Insurance), as per the NCEM Safeguarding Policy;
  • Be over the age of 18 with the right to live and work in the UK.

Roles and Responsibilities may include the following:
  • Assisting with Minster Minstrels rehearsals:
    • Helping to set-up prior to, and pack-up following, ensemble rehearsals;
    • Playing alongside ensemble members and acting as a positive role model;
    • Encouraging ensemble members to engage fully in rehearsals, ensuring they mark their scores and respond to direction;
    • Supporting individuals with musical  issues (with rhythms, articulation, technique etc);
    • Working with the Minster Minstrels Director and York Music Centre staff to ensure young people are kept safe and appropriately supervised; 
    • Taking on leadership of 'sectional' rehearsals and smaller group work;
    • Being prepared to provide cover leadership in the unlikely instance that the Director is unable to attend a rehearsal.
  • Assisting with workshops, performances and educational outings:
    • Helping to set-up prior to, and pack-up following, ensemble workshops and performances;
    • Playing alongside ensemble members in workshops and performances;
    • Working with the Minster Minstrels Director to ensure young people are kept safe and appropriately supervised (including taking registers);
    • Ensuring adequate refreshments are provided for ensemble members, when working away from the York Music Centre base.
  • Supporting Arts Award provision for Minster Minstrels:
    • Taking initiative to develop a strong understanding of Arts Award Explore and Bronze qualifications and how these can be applied to the Minster Minstrels ensemble;
    • Working with Minster Minstrels Director and NCEM's Education Development Manager to map out Arts Award provision and schedules for the academic year;
    • Supporting in the collection of Arts Award evidence for young people's portfolios and sharing this evidence with NCEM Education Development Manager at regular intervals.
  • Engaging with the development of the ensemble and your own professional growth:
    • Meeting with the Minster Minstrels Director (and, where appropriate, NCEM and York Music Centre staff) to discuss termly goals and objectives and to review progress;
    • Attending relevant training courses to assist with the development of your skills as an ensemble director.

Payment: £750 in total for the full academic year 2017-18, payable in three termly installments. This work is undertaken on a self-employed basis and the intern will need to be responsible for their own tax and National Insurance contributions.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Education Development Manager  Emily Crossland  by 5pm, Friday 8th September 2017.
Selected applicants will then be called to interview.