Shooting Roots is all about learning through doing, so over the years our tutor scheme has developed so we can pass on workshop leading skills in the most fun way: by running workshops. To do this, we have four kinds of tutor: demis, trainees, cores and leads. With the safety net of other more experienced tutors in charge, our newer recruits can hone their skills, and many people who have started out with us have gone on to work professionally as workshop leaders and teachers.

Read on for more detail on each role…

Lead Tutors:

Lead tutors have the most responsibility, and are the keepers of “The Grand Plan” for a workshop series. Their main task at a festival is to keep things ticking along and facilitate teaching by the cores, trainees and demis. They are also the figurehead of the workshop for participants, the go-to person for questions and queries. In return Lead tutors get a festival ticket and a small fee.

Core Tutors:

Core tutors are the backbone of a Shooting Roots workshop. They contribute repertoire and ideas to the Grand Plan, with responsibility for a small group piece or performance. They also have the opportunity to run warm ups or lead an arrangement for the whole group in discussion with the lead tutor. In return, Core tutors get a festival ticket, plus a contribution towards travel expenses.

Trainee Tutors:

Being a Trainee tutor is an opportunity to learn and build up your tutoring experience, and your role is mainly to assist the core and leads. You will likely get to teach a skill, game or part of a performance piece, as well as being there for any participants who might need a bit of extra help. To get the most out of being a Trainee, attending the Tutors Weekend is a must – to get a head start on tutoring skills and meet the Shooting Roots summer team. To be a Trainee tutor you must be over 18, and in return for your commitment you will receive a festival ticket.

Demi Tutors:

If you’re 16 or 17 and want to get involved as a tutor, then being a Demi is a great way to find out if tutoring is for you.  You may get the opportunity to teach a small group, contribute to the workshop repertoire, or attend tutor briefings to see what sort of planning goes into a workshop. If you would like to get involved then email us or come along to a Shooting Roots workshop and let a tutor know that you’re interested in being a Demi tutor. You must already have a ticket for the festival or workshop in order to be a Demi tutor.