Meeting professionals in a variety of fields in the music industry has made me question where I would like my own career to take me.
The most enjoyable part of my current job is organising the family concerts and events. As well as the organisational side, I like the interaction with the children as well as demystifying music and making it fun.
Consequently, I am considering whether to move out from my administrative role down the animateur/workshop or music teacher route. In an ideal world, I would like to use animateur techniques in a more stable position within a school or organisation. I have started researching career options and found musicleaders website very helpful as well as a document published in 2004 called Teaching Music, which sets out all the career options.
I spoke to my Arts Advisor, Philippa who suggested the following plan of action:
1. Get some training as an animateur
- London Arts Centre – advice/training
- Morley College music courses don’t include workshop leadership
- Birkbeck College – evening and weekend courses
- City Lit
- London metropolitan university
- FS-introduction to teaching
2. Contact schools to observe classroom lessons
3. Contact schools to see if they take GTP students
- teacher recruitment – ask if any local schools offer GTP
- look for schools with specialism in music
- try local authority
- CPD – contact school achievement – primary division – CPD
- pop into local schools
4. Look also at Advanced fast track programme
- PPA cover – go into primary schools as an arts specialist
- music coordinating in primary school
- teacher training is good to have