Opportunity for a Principal Music Leader with CAN

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CAN is seeking an experienced Principal Music Leader who is passionate about encouraging the musicality and music-making of children to lead on our Youth Music-funded Kámoši Roma-heritage Music-making Programme starting in September 2015 through to July 2016.

This new, exciting post will deliver a comprehensive music offer for Eastern European Romani heritage and other local children living in Leigh (Wigan borough). The project aims to build on and develop the children’s music skills, natural talent and enthusiasm.


The leader will have responsibility for planning and leading, (largely) term-time based, group music-making activities for 35 Saturday-morning sessions, and at least 5+ public performances over the course of the year.


We’re looking for a charismatic and enthusiastic sessional Music Leader with a talent/flair for working with and inspiring the musicality of children aged 5-12 years. You’ll need to be musically versatile and have the following essential skills and experiences:


  • Music proficiency in at least two of the following: Piano/keyboard, voice, a string, brass or wind instrument.
  • Proficiency in composition and/or music arrangement.
  • Ability to facilitate music-making across a wide genre of music-making styles; including the following key influences: Eastern-European Folk, Balkan, Gypsy-Jazz, would be desirable, as well as classical and popular music.
  • Ability to facilitate high-quality music education sessions within an informal community context.
  • Proven successful experience of running sustained music projects, workshops and activities with children.
  • Co-ordinating the contributions of guest music artists, other music leaders employed on the project and RNCM student placements as part of the sessional work.
  • The ability to plan schemes of work with a clear sense of progression.


This post will be subject to DBS clearance procedures.


Music Leader freelance fee: £5,000

(Including all planning, lead workshop delivery, composition, artistic direction, performances, evaluation and support for other music leaders/volunteers involved in the project)


If you’d like to apply please send the following information:


  • A letter explaining your skills and experience in relation to the post, using the relevant job description & person specification as the basis for your response
  • Your current CV
  • Where relevant, web links to examples of your previous work (unfortunately we are not able to return CDs or other hard copies of work submitted to us)

You can download the job pack below or visit our website:

Principal Music Leader cover letter

Principal Music Leader job advert

Wigan project overview

Principal Musical Leader person specification

Principal Music Leader job description

Equal opportunities monitoring form

Closing date for expressions of interest: 5pm, Wednesday 15 July 2015
Interviews will be held on Monday 20 July 2015

Many thanks to Youth Music for supporting this project

We positively welcome applications from disabled people and all sectors of the community

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