Mull music makers

Tutor Training Programme

Our Mull Music Makers programme is investing in the next generation of islanders by creating musical opportunities.

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Mull Music Makers has been running successfully for 10 years and has inspired hundreds of young people to play the violin in both classical and traditional styles.

We are also committed to encouraging and supporting the music tutors of the future. We provide up to six trainee places on our bespoke tutor training programme, Soar, which runs within our 5-day summer school.
Trainees have a unique opportunity to work alongside our highly experienced lead tutors, Patsy Reid (violin/fiddle pedagogy) and Vanessa Edwards (Dalcroze-inspired musicianship), as well as special guest tutors.
We are looking for people who are aspiring to develop their skills in teaching children and young people violin/fiddle and/or general musicianship. Although previous experience of being a tutor is helpful, it is not essential.

You will be:

  • keen to learn from experienced professionals
  • motivated to improve your tutor skills through ‘doing’ and then reflecting on what you did and continuously seeking ways to develop and improve – action learning!
  • good at communicating with the young people, the tutors and your fellow trainees
  • open to new ideas and new ways of doing things and always looking for creative solutions to any challenge that presents itself

We will provide:

  • support and encouragement from professional tutors with a wealth of experience
  • opportunities to discuss your tutoring style and how it can be improved
  • practical, hands-on experience of being a tutor in
  • teaching violin to groups of young people (ages 5-15) through a broad range of experience levels (beginner to advanced)
  • delivering associated skills such as reading music notation, learning by ear, theory and musicianship
  • using our specially tailored arrangements to help embed and memorise parts through creative movement and rhythmic activities, engaging the whole body
  • a structured process to record your progress and learning points
  • informal conversations on the ins and outs, and ups and downs of teaching

There is no fee for the trainee programme

We provide (shared) accommodation for trainees, a travel allowance to get to Mull and a daily subsistence allowance.
In 2024 the Summer Week’s dates are Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August.
Workshops take place from 10am to 4pm in Salen (Monday - Wednesday) and Tobermory (Thursday & Friday). There is a tutor concert and cèilidh on the Thursday evening which trainees always find to be a great performance opportunity.

You will be expected to attend for the whole of the programme and participate in Zoom meetings with the lead tutors in advance of the time on Mull.

You will need to travel to Mull on Sunday 28th July to be available for a meeting with the other trainees/tutors in Salen in the afternoon.

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Please complete the application form.
Priority will be given to applications from Argyll and Bute.

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Closing date for applications 30th June.