Sistema Scotland


Temporary Support Musicians (2 posts) (£10.40 per hour)

Sistema Scotland are looking for temporary Support Musicians to work with the Big Noise Torry after school programme:

Ideally working 2:30-5pm, Monday-Thursday in term time only, however this is negotiable.

This pioneering programme drew its initial inspiration from El Sistema in Venezuela and our vision is to transform lives with music. We deliver on our vision through the creation of Big Noise programmes within communities. Since its inception in 2007, the programme has grown and developed into a multi – faceted and immersive music education and social development programme which uses the orchestra as a learning community.

Support musicians participate in all elements of After School Club, including set up, walking lines, supervising snack, and pack up. During sessions support musicians assist the musician delivering the lesson by modelling on instruments or with voices, adjusting children’s posture or hand shape, or delivering 1:1 lessons for children who require more support. Over the course of the year support musicians begin to deliver chunks of lessons and may be asked to come in for additional hours to support or deliver in school sessions as well.

Support: as a member of Sistema Scotland staff, Support Musicians will be line managed by a Big Noise Torry Senior Musician. They will receive support & supervision (regular protected time) with their line manager every 4 weeks during probation and then every 8 weeks thereafter.

Training: in addition to their line manager, support musicians are assigned a Musician mentor from the Big Noise team. This person provides teaching opportunities, opportunities for constructive feedback, and provides guidance on all teaching elements of Big Noise. Support musicians are also invited to many Big Noise training days on topics such as positive behaviour, lesson planning, and the Big Noise curriculum.

This is a temporary opportunity from September 2018 to June 2019 and is open to individuals who are living (or planning to live) within a commutable distance of Aberdeen.

We are also accepting applications for cover support musicians to work as needed when musicians are on leave or unwell.

Selection Process

Application deadline: 10am on Friday 25th May 

Please email to a note of interest and your CV to

The selection process will include:

  • a short interview
  • a short audition on your principal instrument (3 mins, unaccompanied)
  • a demonstration lesson with a group of children

The selection process will be held on 31st May in Torry.
Please specify on your email if you are not available on this date.

For additional information please e-mail or telephone 01786 475349, or if you would like an informal discussion about the post please contact Coralie Usmani at Big Noise Torry on 01224 974707.

The successful applicant will be subject to PVG check.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Friday 25th May.