Fellowship in Music Education Project Management

Do you…

  • have the vision and ambition to be a leader in music education project management?
  • seek to have a positive impact on the way professional music organisations connect with the society around them through music?
  • already demonstrate the potential to succeed in the field, even though you are at an early stage at your career?
  • have the drive and commitment to pursue your professional development ambitions in the arts through practice-led study, guided by mentors from the professional music, operatic and academic sectors?

If so and you have:

  • A minimum of 2:1 at honours degree level.
  • Evidence of musical understanding and experience.
  • An active interest in the arts, music education and their place in society.
  • EEA or New Zealand citizenship.

Then this Fellowship could be for you.

Fellowship framework

The Pettman Dare Fellow in Music Education Project Management is registered at the University of Leeds, at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries  in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

The majority of practical research is at Opera North, where in addition to observation the Fellow gains hands-on experience of developing, managing and administering live projects, and learns about Music Education and Engagement in the context of a large arts organisation.

At the University of Leeds the Fellow explores topics relevant to Music Education and the arts in the UK, studying for a Post Graduate Diploma.

The Fellow: –

  • Has a personal Development Plan, agreed in advance of starting, with objectives, projects, training and targets.
  • Is mentored by specialist academics and practitioners.
  • Attends relevant events and training courses.
  • Keeps a record of your activity and reflect on your learning.

During a minimum of two days per week at Opera North The Fellow acquires skills and experience in activity including: – 

  • Learning about each function in the thirty-person Education team of project managers and music deliverers.
  • Supporting the management of projects in schools and communities, such as the Introduction to Opera and Schools Matinee programmes in Leeds and on tour, and In Harmony.
  • Working towards project managing specific initiatives, such as the Opera North Orchestra Camp, Opera Challenge, and European Opera Day.
  • Learning about budget preparation, undertaking event management and contributing to project evaluation.
  • Collating evaluation data and preparing project documentation.
  • Assisting in maintaining relationships with stakeholders including schools, teachers and project participants.
  • Attending communication, planning and development meetings with other staff and company representatives.

For two days a week at the University of Leeds during term time, the Fellow: –

  • Studies and is assessed in MA modules appropriate to a PG-Diploma.
  • Undertakes a compulsory 120-credit MA Personal Practice-led Research Project, with a designated supervisor, on a topic relevant to your learning at Opera North.
  • In the first semester the Fellow studies one 60-credit module: – Arts Management and Cultural Leadership
  • In the second semester the Fellow studies one 60-credit module: – Audience Engagement and Impact
  • Continues private study during University holidays.
Benefits to the Fellow
  • The potential for an accredited award at Masters level, which supports career development in Music Education.
  • The opportunity to be immersed in the artistic and operational culture of a leading UK opera company.
  • The opportunity to be immersed in the research and educational culture of a leading UK University.
  • Practical experience of managing or supporting the management of music education activity in the communities.
  • Knowledge of the roles, skills, processes, methodologies and evaluation needed to ensure music engagement projects  of the highest quality.
  • Understanding of the social role of music organisations and engagement with young people in the UK
  • The chance to work with leading music professionals and academics.
  • Enhanced personal and professional skills  to develop career opportunities.
  • A network of contacts for future career development.
  • Keep a record of your activity and reflect on your learning.

The Scholarship is fully funded through the generous support of Professor Barrie and Mrs Maureen Pettman through the Opera North Future Fund. In 2015 this includes: –

  • Tuition and training fees.
  • A bursary of £1,300 per calendar month cover accommodation and living expenses for the period.
  • Return travel from New Zealand for the Fellow from New Zealand.
To apply


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The programme is delivered through DARE, a unique collaborative partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds in the UK.  For the Pettman Dare Scholarship, DARE is joined in the delivery by New Zealand Opera and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

The Fellowships are fully funded through the generous support of Mrs Maureen Pettman and the late Professor Barrie Pettman through the Opera North Future Fund.

For further information or to register an interest please contact DARE manager Lesley Patrick, Lesley@dareyou.org.uk