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Applications for our 2018 LEYMN Apprentice scheme are now closed. They will re-open in early 2019.

Now into our fifth year, this specialist development opportunity is a year-long programme of mentoring, workshops, networking and observation visits to develop apprentices’ skills and career pathway. We’re pleased to announce that this year we are offering more places than we have offered in previous years – 8 places in total.

Who should apply?

You might be a teacher, student, music leader or volunteer already working with children and babies; you might only be working with older children or young people at the moment; or you may be a musician or arts practitioner looking to widen your skillset by expanding into working in early years.  This past year, we have had apprentices interested in healthcare, opera and developing Early Years music in a range of formal and informal settings. Some apprentices work in schools, others have their own businesses, or are on the way to setting up their own ventures – whatever your experience, if you want to work in the exciting and varied world of music making with babies, then this opportunity is for you. If you’re interested and feeling hesitant for any reason, please get in touch to have a chat with us.

How the programme works

Each apprentice will be assigned an expert mentor from the Early Years world, and we try to pair you with a mentor who shares your interests and whose specialisms can help you develop your practice.

Over the course of the year, through a range of partners (in the past this has included London Symphony Orchestra, Spitalfields Music, Wigmore Hall Learning, Creative Futures and Music House for Children amongst others) we offer shadowing and training opportunities. We host intimate specialised salons with leaders from across Early Years, and group catch-ups that foster a sense of community with your fellow apprentices for sharing and learning. You will also have a small grant to attend courses or to use for relevant resources.

What last year’s Apprentices say

“I applied for the Sound Connections LEYMN Apprenticeship because I’d reached a plateau in my career. Almost a year later, I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in the last five years.

I wanted to expand my knowledge of early years child development and observe a broad range of music practitioners in a variety of settings. I didn’t feel confident enough about early years development to “teach” music to this age group, and thought the apprenticeship would help.

For me, the most important take-away to date has been the realisation that there isn’t one right way to make music with little humans. There are hundreds of ways, all rich and valuable in their own right. For those considering the apprenticeship this year, my advice to you is . . . apply! The experience has connected me to a vibrant and thoughtful community of musicians and early years professionals. It has given me permission to dedicate time to explore new concepts and ideas, opened doors, and pointed me towards articles and research I would otherwise not have discovered’.”

                             – Clare Shaw, founder of Little Opera and LEYMN Apprentice 2017/18

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