The Glasshouse International Centre for Music
Tyne & Wear
£11.83 per hour
Closing Date
30/06/2024 - 09:00
Employer The Glasshouse International Centre for Music

Make Music Trainee

Deadline for applications: Sunday 30th June 2024, 9am
Reports to: Traineeship Programme Leader
Location: The Glasshouse International Centre for Music
Working hours: 95 contracted hours plus an additional 150 hours available to claim for observations and reflective conversations.
Salary: SCP 20 £11.83 per hour

Duration of role: September 2024 – April 2025

About The Glasshouse International Centre for Music 

We’re a place where you can hear rock legends or pop icons on the same night as folk trios or opera singers. Where new musicians are nurtured and showcased on the same stages as platinum- selling performers.  And where youth choirs and tambourine- shaking toddlers practice in the same spaces as our acclaimed orchestra Royal Northern Sinfonia. 

Whether you’re front of house, waiting in the wings or keeping things running behind the scenes you will be part of a team that means 2 million people enjoy top – notch gigs, concerts and classes in our own venue at Gateshead Quays, out in communities across the North East and through live- streamed performances and digital lessons. 

About the role of Make Music Trainee

Trainees will be supported to develop their music leadership skills and inclusive practice through paid, on-the-job training and shadowing opportunities across The Glasshouse’s Make Music Programme.

The Traineeship will take place between September 2024 and April 2025. Successful applicants will be required to attend an introductory training day on Friday 13th September 2024. 

About Make Music

Make Music is the name for all of The Glasshouse’s music making classes, groups, ensembles, and activities for schools and music educators. People of all ages, experience levels and backgrounds sing, play, and create with us. Whether starting from scratch or polishing some skills there’s a class, choir, band, or studio to suit everyone. 

Make Music: Adults and Families fun, informal classes, and groups suitable for people of all abilities – including those who like a bit of a challenge. Daytime and evening classes to enjoy at The Glasshouse or online at home. 

Make Music: Young People supports any young person aged 4 to 25 find their voice, learn a musical instrument, write, and produce their own songs, meet others to play and sing with, build their confidence, and take part in exciting performances. 

The Glasshouse runs a leading musical training that supports young musicians aged 4 – 19 to develop the skills and confidence to reach their musical potential. We encourage applicants from the most diverse backgrounds, making sure that everyone has the chance to study with us. Financial support is available through grants and bursaries. 

Make Music: Schools activities and events invite school groups into the building to experience exhilarating live music. In Big Sing and Big Sing for Mini Singers children aged 5-11 learn new songs and sing with a live band along with hundreds of other children their age. School groups are also welcome to explore our fantastic building and watch our Royal Northern Sinfonia rehearse. 

The Glasshouse understands that people learn in different ways and have different musical interests. We have come up with ways of teaching music that support people’s personal development as well as musical, designed around the needs of the person learning. We have written this down in our Inclusive Music Making Guide and everything we do is based on that.

Through all this we connect young people with visiting artists, and we work with Music Hubs and other partners to support young people to grow in the Northeast. 

About you  

Are you self-motivated, happy working in a team environment and flexible enough to adapt to a changing environment? If this sounds like you, here are some specific types of experience that will help you hit the ground running. 

It would be great if you had experience in: 

  • Playing/practicing/performing as a musician
  • A flexible approach
  • A motivation to develop your creative practice
  • A passion for inclusive music-making
  • An enthusiasm for learning
  • Self-motivation
  • Good communication skills with people from a diverse range of backgrounds

Skills and knowledge of: 

  • Competent musical skills and knowledge across one or more areas. 

You’ll be responsible for: 

  • Attending an introductory training day on Friday 13th September 2024.
  • Participating in weekly group meetings on Fridays, 10am – 12pm over 21 weeks during term time.
  • Being allocated a mentor to meet with regularly.
  • Observing and reflect on between 4-6 hours of musical activity per week, led by an experienced Glasshouse Music Leader.
  • Attending 3 training sessions – to be negotiated on induction.
  • Attending a graduation event
  • Providing feedback about your experience. 

Trainees will be contracted for 95 hours September 24 – April 25, to include:

  • 25 hours training time (introductory training plus 3 further training days)
  • 42 hours attendance at Friday group meetings (21 sessions)
  • 10 hours mentor meeting time 
  • 10 hours self-directed time to research and develop resources and repertoire
  • 4 hours 1:1 line management time
  • 4 hours graduation/evaluation time

In addition to contracted hours, Trainees will be able to claim up to 150 hours for observing sessions and having reflective conversations with Music Leaders. 

You will be also be responsible for making sure to follow The Glasshouse’s Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Customer Care, Equality and Diversity, Dignity at Work and other policies.

But don’t worry If you’re not a perfect match for the job description and criteria, we’d love you to apply anyway. We are more interested in your determination, positivity, and willingness to get stuck in.

Our commitment to your development

At The Glasshouse, we’re always learning. And we know that when it comes to training, everyone is different. So you’ll work closely with your manager to identify what your training journey will look like. If you have a specific interest or you would like to develop your skills in a certain area, we want to hear about it.

This may be through gaining a qualification, on-the-job training or learning within your team, but whatever path you take, through training and support, we’ll help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in your role.

Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion

At The Glasshouse, we encourage a working environment that’s welcoming, inclusive, and diverse. Different backgrounds, views and experiences are valued so everyone can be themselves. 

Our venue and programmes are for everyone, so we want to make sure this opportunity is available to everyone, no matter your background or the challenges you’ve faced.

For example, we would love to hear from you if you: 

  • Are D/deaf. Have a disability, learning difficulty or significant long -term health condition which affects your daily life
  • Describe yourself as neurodiverse (this might include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autistic spectrum, and others) 
  • Grew up in a family receiving Universal Credit or state benefits
  • Have ever lived in council or social housing or been on the housing register
  • Have ever lived in sheltered accommodation or experienced homelessness
  • Experienced being in care at any point in your life
  • Have been a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Are from the African, South, East and South–East Asian, Middle East, Latinx or North African diaspora, or have experienced racism 
  • These are some common examples of challenging circumstances but there may be others.   Everyone is welcome to apply. 
  • We do not discriminate because of race, colour, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or expression, age, disability or any other protected characteristic as outlined in the Equality Act 2010. 

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all of those that work with us to share this commitment. We operate a robust safeguarding framework and continuous assessment and development to support safer working practice across out workforce. Our roles are subject to a safer recruitment process which includes relevant background checks and the disclosure of criminal records, sanctions, and investigations where appropriate. 

Our application process

Closing date for applications: Sunday 30th June 2024, 9am

Interview date: Wednesday 17th July 2024

We understand that interviews can be a nerve-racking experience. We want you to feel comfortable so you can be yourself and shine, so If you have any questions about the role or the application process, please contact Lois, People Coordinator at recruitment@theglasshouseicm.org