Fellowship in Music Education Choral OR Instrumental Delivery

Do you…

  • have the vision and ambition to be a music education deliverer?
  • 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:

  • Evidence of being a musician (choral or instrument) of professional performance standard.
  • Have excellent communication skills in the English language.
  • A minimum of 2:1 at honours degree level in music or equivalent course of study at a music conservatory.
  • A demonstrable 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 Choral or Instrumental Delivery is registered at the University of Leeds, at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries.

The majority of practical research is at Opera North, where, in addition to observation, the Fellow gains hands-on experience of supporting the delivery of activity in schools and communities and learns about Music Education and Engagement in the context of a large arts organisation.

At the University of Leeds  the Fellow studies for a PG-Diploma, exploring topics relevant to Music Education and the arts in the UK.

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 reflects on learning.

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

  • Shadowing the relevant team of music practitioners in schools and communities.
  • Supporting the delivery of relevant Opera North Education activity, working with participants from zero to ninety years old. For instrumentalists this would include In Harmony; for choral specialists this would include delivery in schools and early years settings such as Little Voices and the Opera North Children’s Chorus.
  • Subject to skill level, the opportunity to conduct choirs and groups of participants at rehearsals and performances. Further training in this area may be provided.
  • Working closely with the ON Education Choral/Instrumental Programme Leaders to select repertoire and develop the curriculum.
  • Engaging in the monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning methods
  • Assisting in maintaining relationships with stakeholders including schools, teachers and project participants.
  • Attending communication, planning and development meetings with other staff and company representatives as required.

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 learning at Opera North.
  • In the first semester, studies one 60-credit module: – Arts Management and Cultural Leadership
  • In the second semester, studies one 60-credit module: – Audience Engagement and Impact
  • Continues private study during University holidays.
Benefits of the Fellowship
  • 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.
  • Attend relevant conferences and symposia.
  • 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 20117/18 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


See here for Pettman Fellow New Starter Information.

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