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Sage Gateshead

Archived: Young Musicians Programme (YMP) Centre for Advanced Training Vocal Tutor (Popular and Contemporary)

Department & Team: Young People’s Programme/Creative Learning

Location: Sage Gateshead / North East

Working Hours: Sunday during term time (hours to be agreed).

Salary: To be agreed

Reports to: YMP Study Leader

Works in conjunction with: Young People’s Programme and Creative Learning teams; Teams and colleagues from across Sage Gateshead.

Introduction to Sage Gateshead
Sage Gateshead is an international music development centre – a new kind of cultural organisation for the 21st century.

From our iconic Foster + Partners building on the banks of the Tyne which opened in 2004, we work across the whole of the North of England. We are home to the UK’s leading chamber orchestra Royal Northern Sinfonia, a multi-genre programme of events & festivals featuring musicians from across the world, a junior conservatoire training the next generation of musicians, an extensive programme of music for social impact, evening and day-time classes for people of all ages and a multi-genre artist development programme.

At Sage Gateshead all genres of music have equal status and we believe passionately in international level excellence and the imperative of inclusion. Some of the musicians we have worked with recently are Kamasi Washington, KT Tunstall, LA Master Chorale, Terry Riley, John Grant, Nightmares on Wax, Maarju Nuut and St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

We present around 400 events and festivals each year for a live audience of 350,000, 6 million people hear our work via stream or broadcast and 500,000 visit our building, often national and international visitors. Each year we support over 100 musicians through our artist development programme and we work with 30,000 children and young people and 20,000 adults in our creative learning programme. We provide employment for over 500 people, lead on Creative Apprentices for the North East and focus our work placements young people and young adults who are NEET. In our first decade, our economic impact was £283 million.

We are for audiences, for artists, for the North and for the long-term. Everything we do is guided by our values: Creative, Leading, Diverse, Responsible, Focused.

The coming five years will be a new era for Sage Gateshead. We have just secured the planning and completed fundraising to undertake capital work within our largest auditorium and on our concourse, with the aim of reaching a wider audience, working with a wider range of musicians and making our building an even better place to spend time. We are also partners in a major development of the site next to our building, which will lead to the creation of a unique cultural, entertainment, business and leisure campus, turning the whole of Gateshead Quays into a high profile destination. Building on 15 years of success, this promises to be a new era for Sage Gateshead.

About the role
There are approximately 250 young people are involved in our Young Musicians Programme each year which combines world class training with opportunity for all. We are committed to ensuring that our programme includes all young people, whatever their personal circumstances. In the next three years we will significantly increase musical inclusion in the programme.

The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) enables young musicians with exceptional potential and passion for music to benefit from specialist training. Our Tutors are outstanding professional musicians and music educators, covering a wide range of genres and expertise. Each student creates their own individual training plan with support from their Tutor and receives advice and guidance from a team of Study Leaders throughout the academic year.

The Study Leader for singing is Mary Hitch. A regular day in the CAT for vocal students includes an individual 45-minute lesson, small vocal ensemble tuition and vocal performances and music language.

Main Duties and responsibilities
Deliver vocal tuition on the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) as part of YMP.
Programme Development: Contribute to the ongoing development of the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Programme as part of Young Musicians Programme.
Programme Delivery: Deliver tuition on the CAT programme.

Programme Development

Contribute to the development of the Centre for Advanced Training as part of Young Musicians Programme.

Programme Design and Planning

  • Contribute to the development of the musical practice, pedagogy and curriculum in collaboration with Young Musicians Programme Management and Delivery team;
  • Liaise with the wider YMP Delivery Team to share information and collaborate on the curriculum being taught, to ensure there is parity of experience for all students;
  • Develop relevant materials or resources to support teaching

Programme Delivery and Leadership

Deliver training on the Centre for Advanced Training


  • Deliver high quality, inclusive vocal tuition within YMP
  • Prepare, plan and teach young people in one-to-one and/or group sessions, working on appropriate technique and repertoire;
  • Plan, prepare and manage resources as appropriate;
  • Work with the Young Musicians Programme Coordinator to manage timetables, resources and report any issues;
  • Lead the young people in any end of term performances and sharing’s where applicable.
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care to children and/or young people;
  • To advise and prepare students thoroughly for instrumental exams as appropriate.

Evaluation and monitoring

  • Make continuous assessments of children and/or young people’s progress;
  • Comply with quality assurance procedures, in collaboration with the YMP Management and Delivery Teams.

Please click here to view the Young Musician, Centre for Advanced Training Vocal Tutor- Maternity Cover job description for full role details including person specification.

Terms and Conditions
We believe Sage Gateshead is a great place to work – an innovative and friendly environment, where no two days are ever the same.

Holiday pay is added to salary, therefore there is no holiday entitlement for this post.

We also offer subsidised parking for staff members, as well as a discount in our café, and access to a voluntary health cash plan, bike to work scheme, travel ticket scheme and auto-enrol pension.

How to Apply
Applications must be made on a North Music Trust application form. Please visit the website for details.

We regret that CVs cannot be accepted. If you have any queries about your application, please contact 0191 443 4624 or 0191 443 4586.

Completed applications should be returned no later than 9am on Monday 25th November 2019. var ClickMeter_pixel_url = ‘//’;