FAIR ACCESS AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME
September 2022 through to Summer 2023
⭐️ Applications are now open for our Fair Access Ambassador programme ⭐️
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is an inclusive and diverse environment. We want to encourage as many people as possible, regardless of their background, to get involved with the performing and production arts. The Fair Access department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland run two programmes – Transitions and WACI – alongside our Fair Access Outreach and Partnership programme. 📽 Watch more here.
The work of Fair Access Ambassadors
Our Ambassadors work alongside our staff to help promote and provide information on opportunities around entering into the performing and production arts and our Fair Access activities and events within their local schools and communities. In return, our Ambassadors gain experience within the arts sector, working with people, and developing teamwork and communication skills alongside bespoke training opportunities.
The Ambassador programme is aimed at those aged 16+ who are passionate about the performing and production arts. You will meet the WACI eligibility criteria or be a current Transitions student. Checking your emails regularly, having good knowledge in social media, clear communication skills and being comfortable in social situations are an advantage.
When will I need to be available?
Aside from normal Ambassador activities, you will be available to attend our Ambassador meetings either at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland or via Zoom:
▪️ Residential Weekend: 2 – 4 September
▪️ Meetings: 20 Nov 22, 18 Feb 23 and 17 Jun 23.
Sounds good, where / how do I sign up?
Our application form will ask you to fill in your personal details and write a short response to the following questions:
▪️ Why are the arts important?
▪️ How would you promote the arts within your community to young people?
▪️ Why and how would you commit to being a Fair Access Ambassador?
*Alternatively, you can attach a short video (2-3 mins) that answers the questions above.
Completing you application
To complete your application we ask that you provide a reference from someone you know who is involved in the arts. This can be a teacher, tutor, community practitioner etc.
Get in touch
If you require further information or have any questions, get in touch with the team at: email@example.com
Fair Access at RCS are planning two clusters of creative activity for Spring 2022, in Ayr and Easterhouse, Glasgow. Our Easterhouse Creative Cluster will be based at Platform, and see workshops delivered for young people in partnership with GMAC Film and an RCS CPP artist. This will provide participants with a taster of both artforms and offer opportunities for continued activity with Fair Access.
We hope to work in partnership with local community organisation FARE and to offer pre-projects tasters at Lochend Secondary School.
For our Ayrshire Creative Cluster, we will offer local people a project exploring spoken word and sound design / production. We hope to work once more in partnership with the Gaiety Theatre, South Ayrshire Champions Board and the music departments of local secondary schools.
For further information regarding these Creative Clusters you can contact our Fair Access Outreach and Engagement Officer, Louise Brown, on: L.Brown5@rcs.ac.uk
Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours:
Inspiring tomorrow’s teaching
Application deadline: 15 Jan 2021
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:
“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.
The WACI Team are delighted to announce the launch of the third in a series of online toolkits, Learning Scots Song
If you have ever wanted to learn to sing in Scots but didn’t know where to start, this project is for you! We’ll take you through the steps in learning to sing ‘Sands o’ the Shore’ featuring video tutorials from folk singer Josie Duncan with downloadable resources to help you along the way.
Our toolkits are open for anyone to use, so whether you’re a teacher looking for new resources to share, a young person at home who is keen to learn Scots Song, we really hope you will enjoy learning with us.
If you’d like to send in photos of you practising or videos of you singing what you’ve learned, we’d love to see them! We are hoping to choose some of them to feature on our social media and Vimeo page. Also if you are sharing any photos or videos on social media be sure to tag us @RCSWACI and use the hashtag #WACILetsSingInScots
To get started click here!
Calling all WACI Schools!!
Teachers can now apply to become a participating school in our Shakespeare in Schools activity. Places are limited on a first-come-first-served basis. Not sure if your teacher knows about it or if they have applied? Let them know and get involved in spreading the word!
Who it is for: Those interested in performing arts.
When: Wed 30 Oct – Fri 1 Nov, during school time.
Where: In participating schools OR in-house at RCS
The Shakespeare in Schools initiative is offered in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA Acting programme. BA Acting students are invited into participating schools to work with pupils on a piece of Shakespeare. This opportunity will give participants a greater understanding of Shakespeare’s text and help to foster an interest in his work.
Shakespeare in Schools includes:
- Workshops on the themes of a Shakespearean play (Macbeth)
- Observation of scenes from the play performed by BA Acting students
- A devised performance based on the themes of the Shakespearean text by BA Acting students and your pupils
- Tickets to see a performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in January/February
Shakespeare in Schools framework:
- 9am – 3pm
- Maximum number of 30 participants
- Suitable for Nat 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Drama students. Also suitable for English classes with students happy to get involved in a drama style workshop.
- A drama space or assembly hall is required to work in
*Update: Sign up for this has now closed.
WACI and Transitions would like to thank everyone who came along to our Family and Carer Day. We had a packed house where parents, pupils and carers fully embraced the interactive workshops, asked wonderful questions with the feedback so far being extremely positive. Once again we’d like to thank all the performers, WACI Ambassadors and panellists.
Our Event On Social Media
You can find photo’s on our social media pages that you can tag yourself in and live streams of the day on Twitter by searching #FamilyandCarerDay
Family and Carer Day is a joint event run by WACI and Transitions.
Do you go to one of the 37 FOCUS West schools?
Interested in a career in the creative industries?
Want to develop your skills in a chosen field?
We’re able to offer up to 10 fully-funded places on one of the Summer Schools taking place here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland throughout the 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 within a variety of art forms.
From dance to drama to filmmaking, there’s something for everyone with an interest in the performing and production arts – why not click here to have a look at the Lifelong Learning Summer School’s programme and see if there’s a course that appeals to 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 you can to avoid being disappointed!
* Update: Bookings have now closed.
If it would be easier for you to provide a voice recording or video statement in support of your application, or you require some help filling in this form, please do not hesitate to be in touch:
☎ 0141 270 8319
DEADLINE: Monday 15th April, 10am
When: Sunday 24th March, 11am – 4pm
Where: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew St, Glasgow G2 3DB
We know how daunting it can be pursuing a career in the creative industries, especially when no one you know has done it before.
If you’re a current Transitions student or a pupil from a WACI/FOCUS West school, you and your family or carers are warmly invited to our Family and Carer Day.
Family and Carer Day is a chance for pupils with their families or carers to come along to:
- meet and hear from people already working in the creative industries
- chat to students currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- watch performances
- explore different pathways and routes into Music, Dance, Drama, Film and Production
- find out from SAAS what funding is available for Scottish students
Siblings and other family members are welcome. Lunch will be provided.
*UPDATE: PLACES ARE NOW SOLD OUT
We look forward to seeing you all there!