for instrumental teaching
Structured, meaningful, research-based.
The internship scholarship is a four-five-week program open to undergraduate music students studying piano, violin, or cello and/or master of teaching students and have a keen interest in instrumental pedagogy, have little or no experience teaching, and are Australian citizens or permanent residents.
The internship provides the opportunity for interns to be immersed in instrumental teaching in a structured and professional setting, learn valuable skills, and gain insight into the operation of a music school as a business. Interns will learn will through research, observation and practice.
Upon satisfactory completion of the internship, the participant will receive the Advantage Music Academy Internship Scholarship of $1000.
There are two internships available each year.
November - January (break over Christmas/New Year)
The exact hours will be negotiated with individual applicants before committing, however, as a guide, interns are expected to be available Monday - Friday 2:00pm-7:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm for 4-5 weeks. The days and hours will depend to some extent on the instrument, however, all interns will be required to work with the director irrespective of their instrument and must complete a minimum of 100 contact hours. Some study and lesson preparation will be required outside of contact hours.
Interns will learn through structured input sessions that will centre around different aspects and issues of instrumental pedagogy. In addition to structured input sessions, interns participate in daily informal learning through discussions about pedagogical decisions observed, interactions with other teachers, and study. Interns are required to teach in the final week of the internship. Lesson planning guidance and supervision are provided.
Interns are expected to treat their internship as though they are employed by showing up on time, being professional, and being prepared. By default, interns subscribe to the Academy's philosophy, pedagogy, mission and vision, and are required to uphold our codes of conduct.
Interns will be given two to three tasks to be completed outside of contact hours, for example, a short reading and with questions to answer, and lesson planning, that should take no longer than 1 hour per task. From the second week of teaching observation, interns will be required to take notes and answer questions relating to the input sessions.
Interns who complete our program are considered to be strong candidates for future employment opportunities.
Our internship program is supported by peer-viewed research on education theory and practice, and instrumental pedagogy.