Care Experienced and Estranged Focus Group

 Care Experienced and Estranged Focus Group 

Mon 8 Nov + Mon 4 Apr, 5pm-6pm

Are you care experienced or estranged? Do you attend WACI or Transitions? If so, we would love you to join our Fair Access Care Experienced and Estranged student focus group. Help us in learning about how we can support you better – come along and share your views and opinions.

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Dates: 8 November 2021 & 4 April 2022
Times: 5-6pm
Location: Online

Sign up here: bit.ly/CareExp-Est-FG
Booking Deadline: 25 October, 12 noon.

#YourVoice #FocusGroup #CareExperienced #Estranged #FairAccess #WideningAccess

 

Audition and Interview Prep Workshops: Drama and Music Teaching

WACI are delighted to offer new workshops in November for those who are thinking about applying to study at college, university or conservatoire for drama or music teaching:


Monologue Audition Prep

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-17 November,  6-8pm
Who: For pupils who will be required to perform a monologue as part of an audition process when applying for a higher education course in drama.

Our audition prep will:
Yellow star Help you select monologues
Yellow star Prepare you for the audition scenario
Yellow star Receive performance feedback

Fill out our booking form here to secure your place. 
Booking Deadline: 28 Oct

 

BEd Audition and Interview Prep

When: Tue 2 Nov and Thu 4 Nov,  6-8pm
Who: For pupils who are thinking about studying to become a music teacher

Our audition and interview prep will:
Yellow star Give you an understanding of the BEd course at RCS
Yellow star Prepare you for the audition and interview scenario
Yellow star Receive feedback on your audition pieces

Fill out our booking form here to secure your place. 
Booking Deadline: 28 Oct


Does it cost anything to attend?

All our workshops are fully-funded opportunities for those in the West Coast of Scotland who are:

Contact Us

📧 WACI@rcs.ac.uk
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Fair Access Expo 2021

We’re excited to announce that bookings for our upcoming Fair Access Expo are now open!!! 

Come along and join us on Thursday 4th November for open discussions around Widening Access to the Arts. 

We are delighted that the wonderful screen actor Julie Hesmondhalgh will be opening the Expo, sharing her passion for the arts and its power to transform lives and communities. We will also be sharing stories and flagging up opportunities for people interested in a career in Dance, Drama, Music, Film, Production, Theatre and the Performing Arts. 

This year, the main discussions that you can take part in are:

 Young People as Champions of Widening Access to the Arts 
A group of young people will come together to share their experience of choosing the arts as a pathway. We’ll delve into what it’s been like and how they see themselves moving forward.    

 Where Theatre Meets Film 
In this discussion we will hear from theatre-makers and filmmakers and people who do both – we will explore the many varied opportunities that are available in Film and theatre and how both practical and creative disciplines can straddle both art forms.   

 Being Working Class in The Arts 
A career in the arts is not always celebrated as a life choice or even as an option at all – in this panel we will hear from a panel of speakers from working-class communities who have forged creative careers, often against the odds.   


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Attention all teachers and community groups:

If you would like to make a day of it and are able to host the event streamed live into your classroom/space, we have goodies!!! Register your interest in hosting a live stream of the Fair Access Expo to your young folks and we will send you through a box of goodies to give out on the day. Request your pack in Question 4 of the form by telling us roughly how many young people you are hoping will attend. The event will run from 12noon – 3pm. 

Audition Skills: Creative Conversation

Are you going to be applying to a music course soon? Or have you applied to a course where you have to attend an audition? Or are you interested in writing, telling stories, and making your own theatre or film?
WACI have a selection of workshops and short courses that are now open for booking:
🎺 Music Audition Prep
🎭 Audition Skills: Creative Conversation
Head over to our Bookings Page to find out more and to book your free place.

Contact Us
If you have any questions contact WACI at 📧 WACI@rcs.ac.uk

Focus Group: Fair Access Black and/or Global Majority

When: 4 October 2021 and 7 February 2022, 5pm-6pm
Where: Online
Who: Transitions and WACI young people who identify as black and/or global majority

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We would like to invite young people who identify as black and/or global majority to join a focus group that will be chaired by a black and/or global majority artist. The purpose of the group is to hear and share views and lived experiences in relation to being a participant at RCS and interested in the arts. This focus group will take place twice a year in October and February.

To book your place visit: bit.ly/BGMFocusGroup

Booking Deadline: 20 September

WACI Scholarship: Online Summer Schools

Now open for applications

WACI are pleased to be offering fully-funded places for WACI pupils on one of the Summer Schools taking place here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Taking place throughout the summer school holidays these courses offer an opportunity for you to try something new, develop your existing experience and/or gain a more in-depth understanding in a variety of art forms.

Available Summer Schools 

There are a variety of summer schools to choose from in:
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Film
  • Music
  • Production
Click here to have a look at the Short Courses Summer School’s programme to help you figure out which course is the right course for you. Some of the courses are very popular, and spaces will fill up quickly – we’ll be assessing applications as and when they come in, so get your application in as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed!

How to apply

All you need to do is fill out the application form below telling us:
  • a little bit about you
  • why you would like to do the course you’ve chosen 
If it would be easier, you can provide a voice recording or video statement in support of your application.

Apply now!

*Applications now closed*

Apply Now for the Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours at RCS

Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours:
Inspiring tomorrow’s teaching
Application deadline: 15 Jan 2021

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The Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is the only undergraduate programme in Scotland dedicated to teaching the next generation of music teachers within a conservatoire setting. This vocational programme offers musicians an alternative to a performance career – where they can study their passion for music and education for four years at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and then progress to inspire and nurture young people in classrooms.

Why choose RCS?

• Study at one of the world’s top 10 performing arts education institutions (QS World University Rankings 2020)
• Inspire and nurture young people in classrooms
• Guaranteed probationary year of employment (Scottish, UK and EU students)
• Starting salary is approx. £27K
• 100% of graduates are in employment (HESA, 2017/18)
• Gain provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland
• Have the choice to balance a part-time career in teaching with a freelance career in music

What’s it like being a Music teacher?

RCS Graduate Claire Friary tells us:

Teacher at front of the class with hand gesture towards class.“I graduated from the BEd Music course in 2017. I completed my probation year at Coatbridge High School and I was lucky enough to be kept on after this year and eventually made a permanent member of staff in early 2019. I am now in my 4th year of teaching at Coatbridge High and I absolutely love every single day of my job as a music teacher!

The BEd Music course leaves you well-equipped with all of the necessary tools to become an excellent music teacher. I undertook 5 different placements during my undergraduate degree (1 in primary, 4 in secondary) which gave me a magnitude of experience across schools with all ages and abilities.

Last year, I was appointed the Musical Director of our annual school show. I have also been involved in plenty of whole school initiatives outside of my subject, such as organising the S5/6 Winter Wonderland Ball and supervising in the Pupil Support Base and Learning Zone.

The best part of my job is watching pupils grow and flourish in music. I have witnessed so many young people come through the ranks in my department now and it is so rewarding to see their enthusiasm, determination, and progress over the years.”

Bookings are now closed.

Audition and Interview Prep Workshops

WACI are delighted to offer a range of workshops in November and December for those who are thinking about applying to study at college, university or conservatoire:

Person singing words saying 'Singing Audition Prep'

Two people holding paper, smiling. Words saying 'Filmmaking Interview Prep'

You’re eligible if you live in the West of Scotland are one of the following:

  • attending a FOCUS West School
  • living in an SiMD1 postcode
  • are Care Experienced or Estranged

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Bookings are now closed

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#GetReady #FocusOnFutures

Watch Our Fair Access Expo Live Sessions!

The Fair Access Team would like to extend a warm thanks to everyone who virtually attended our recent Fair Access Expo.

It was a bit different this year –  however, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re glad so many of you found it useful. For those who couldn’t make it along on the day, our microsite contains a recording of the live sessions ready to watch back. 

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Have you ever wanted to know more about Fair Access at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, including information on the Transitions and WACI Programmes? Are looking for advice in studying or working in the performing arts?

Why not head over to our microsite now to watch back our live sessions:

  • Meet The Teams, Transitions and WACI
  • Industry Interview, with Laura Waddell and Graeme Smilie
  • Student Life, a showcase and Q&A (Content Warning! Swearing)

You can also: 

  • watch pre-recorded videos from students and professionals 
  • hear from the Assistant Principal and Fair Access Manager at RCS
  • watch our Fair Access Virtual Band perform
  • find links to information on UCAS and UCAS Conservatoires, 
  • links to funding information from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
  • direct links to our programme websites

Again, thanks to everyone from all the team!

Visit the Fair Access Expo microsite here:

🌐 rcs.ac.uk/fair-access-expo