Trainee Music Leader Diary: Amy Doyley

We’ve just rounded off our final project with out 2014-15 Trainee Music Leaders. Before they head off for good we’ve been asking them about their time at Spitalfields Music and what they’ve gained from their placements. In the hot seat today Amy Doyley talks about her year with us:

What have you most enjoyed about your year as a Trainee Music Leader?

It has been great having the opportunity to lead and try out new ideas in a supportive environment. Without the Trainee Music Leaders scheme, I feel it may have taken me longer to make the step from planning on pieces of paper to leading real life groups.


How has your year as a Trainee Music Leader shaped your personal practice and future career moves?

This year has made me so much more ambitious as well as more focused and grounded. Not only do I have a better understanding of my personality as a leader but also a clearer understanding of who I am as a musician and creator. I have learnt a lot about how to play these discoveries to their strengths both in and outside of leading situations, as well as what it really means to ‘be yourself’.


What’s the most valuable piece of learning that you will take from the past year?

Having the opportunity to both observe and lead on song-writing projects has given me the confidence to do more and seek similar opportunities. I’ve also learnt that it’s important to talk – the freelance world can be a busy but lonely place sometimes so it can be really worthwhile making space in your diary for this.



What’s next for you? Have you got any exciting projects coming up?

This summer I will be performing at my first big festival in Birmingham supporting some great artists, I’ll be working with The Mix Tape Project‘s songwriting strand as a vocal leader/facilitator at the end of July and then starting to lead workshops for the Song Academy in September.


If you could offer three pieces of advice to anyone thinking of applying for next year’s scheme, what would they be?

  • Say ‘yes’ to as many projects as you possibly can – you won’t regret it!
  • Start thinking about where you excel and where you can use these skills to your advantage. If you feel there are weaknesses in your skill-set, use the year to do some brushing up of these skills. I decided to take some time to familiarise myself more with music theory and have found these skills to be invaluable.
  • Enjoy yourself! The year will fly by and before you know it it’ll be over, so make the most of it – connect with people, swap details where you can – try to think long-term.

Applications for next year’s Trainee Music Leaders scheme are now open. Find our more information about how to apply on our website.


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