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Foundation and Step Up Strings Tutor

Posted on 13 July 2017

Application closing date: 9am on Thursday 27th July 2017

Introduction to Sage Gateshead

Founded in 2004, Sage Gateshead has an international reputation as a new centre for music combining performance, education and participation working across a wide range of musical genres and reaching a broad audience. It is also one of the region’s leading conference centres. Founded with a mixed business model, the charity’s turnover of £15million combines, box office, commercial, fundraised income with public subsidy.

Sage Gateshead runs:

  • A Performance Programme of events and festivals across musical genres (folk, classical, rock, indie, jazz, electronic) for 360 days of the year (1700 seater and 600 seater venues)
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full time contract chamber orchestra
  • One of the largest Creative Learning Programmes in the UK
  • One of the biggest conference and events businesses in the north
  • A folk development agency, Folkworks
  • An iconic visitor attraction, designed by Foster + Partners on the banks of the Tyne with a large public space, three auditoriums and 25 learning spaces.

In 2015/16 Sage Gateshead delivered:

  • 623 performance events
  • 16,045 courses, classes and workshops
  • 84 conferences
  • 22 premieres and commissions
  • 105 broadcasts

In 2014 Sage Gateshead completed its first decade. During this period the charity had:

  • 6 million visitors
  • 1.5 million participants
  • 1000 conferences
  • 4000 concerts
  • £283 million of economic benefit to the region

About the role

Each year Sage Gateshead has over 500,000 people come into our building, 50,000 people attend live events beyond our building and 2 million people engage with our work via digital and broadcast content. Our audience is diverse and has both a high level of new attenders each year and a core of extremely frequent attenders.

We are 12 years old and have a new vision for the next phase of our life, working together with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts and 8 other venues in NewcastleGateshead to increase cultural engagement, establish the region as a great place to be an artist and build social and economic value for the North of England.

Sage Gateshead is a unique place in the UK to study music. We have world class concert halls and learning facilities under one roof, we are home to the UK’s leading chamber orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, a hub for folk music and have a worldwide reputation for our Creative Learning programme. We are not simply an education organisation, we are a place where artists come to perform, develop work, teach, where audiences from a wide range of backgrounds come to hear, make and participate in all genres of music and we are an active participant in communities in the North.

Our Young Musicians Programme is the leading musical training in the north for young people aged 4 – 18. It helps young musicians to develop skills and confidence and reach their musical potential, through world class specialist training and tuition and inspirational opportunities to work alongside international visiting artists. The Young Musicians Programme has four strands:

  • Centre for Advanced Training is part of a national intensive music programme for 8 -18 year olds who display exceptional potential and passion for music;
  • The region’s leading Youth Ensembles: Young Sinfonia, Jambone, Folkestra and Quay Voices;
  • Foundation and Step Up Strings for 4 -16 year olds providing an exciting and comprehensive approach to learning for the complete beginner;
  • Folk and Jazz Training Ensembles, which give a taste of ensemble playing to younger musicians

Our Young Musicians Programme combines world class training with opportunity for all. We are committed to ensuring that our programme includes all young people, whatever their personal circumstances.

Job Information

Job Title: Foundation and Step Up Strings Tutor
Department & Team: Creative Learning – Young People’s Programme
Location: Sage Gateshead
Working Hours: Saturday in school term time (hours to be agreed)
Salary and Scale: SCP 37 (£17.06 per hour, £31,936 pro rata per annum) with additional prep time
Duration of role: Fixed term contract until 31st August 2018

Position in Organisation

Reports to: Foundation and Step Up Programme Leader
Responsible for: N/A
Works in conjunction with: Young Musicians Programme, participants and colleagues in the wider organisation
Budget accountability: N/A

Overall purpose of the job

The Foundation and Step Up Strings tutor will be part of the Foundation and Step Up Strings team within Young Musicians Programme. The role will involve teaching students on Saturdays in term time at Sage Gateshead. The Saturday programme provides an exciting and comprehensive approach to learning for the complete beginner, including instrumental lessons, ensembles and musicianship classes.

Main Duties and responsibilities

  • To teach young students a stringed instrument (Violin/Viola/Cello/Double Bass) on the Foundation and Step Up Strings Programme on Saturdays in term time
  • To deliver some small group lessons on Saturdays during term time
  • To plan, prepare and manage resources as appropriate
  • To work as part of a team and attend relevant meetings and training
  • To contribute to ensuring quality and best practice and participate in Sage Gateshead’s Quality Framework, as required
  • To contribute to ensuring appropriate safeguarding and pastoral care for participants, working closely with relevant colleagues to maintain consistency and high standards


  • To accept appropriate individual responsibility for the observance, promotion and implementation of Health & Safety, Child Protection, Customer Care, Equality and Diversity, Dignity at Work and other policies with the Trust
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the post and in line with the needs of the organisation

Knowledge, experience and skills required to do job

  • At least 2 – 3 years relevant experience, demonstrating excellence as a musician on a stringed instrument (Violin/Cello/Viola/Double Bass).
  • Have at least 2 – 3 years experience teaching children aged 5 – 14 year olds.
  • To have an understanding of Kodaly and Dalcroze.

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.

The salary for this position is SCP 37 (£17.06 per hour, £31,936 pro rata per annum) with additional prep time.

We 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, childcare vouchers and travel ticket scheme.

Please note that successful applicants for this post will require an Enhanced Level DBS check. This is due to the fact that the post works directly and regularly with children.

How to Apply

Applications must be made on a North Music Trust online application form.

We regret that CV’s cannot be accepted. If you have any queries about your application please contact 0191 443 4624.

Download the job description

Completed applications should be returned no later than 9.00am on Thursday 27th July 2017.