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Jane Booth, Neyire Ashworth & Jane Cook

MASTERCLASS (LEARN): Executive Leadership Coaching adapted for practical Professional Development work with an international artist

Session on Wednesday, Apr 24, 09:00
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The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London (UK). A global leader of creative and professional practice it promotes innovation, experiment and research, with over 1,000 students drawn from nearly 60 countries around the world.

Characteristics of Coaching include developing a partnership of equals, creating a supportive, safe space for both exploration and challenge, in which responsibility for the actions rests with the client.

This presentation takes the form of a one-to-one instrumental lesson. It will be modelled by an internationally-active female classical music performer with 12 years of Leadership experience in UK Higher Education who is also a Qualified Professional Executive Coach. The learning process is client-led and follows the OSCAR model (an established coaching tool), enabling the client-learner to discover solutions through a process of critical self-reflection (to some degree unpredictable, as the learning is in real time), within a framework of collaboration and a developing space for shared learning.

Through this practice, a creative pedagogical dynamic is established through which the coach and client-learner develop a robust relationship of trust. Outcomes for the client-learner of the coaching approach include the building of personal resourcefulness and self-worth; enhanced resilience; confidence in own insights; and ownership of responsibility for action and for success.


Jane Booth is the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Coaching & Mentoring Lead and Artist Fellow. Jane is a qualified executive coach, and EMCC Accredited Senior Practitioner Mentor and Coach, specialising in career development, progression and transition issues. Her previous leadership of the Guildhall Historical Performance Department is informed by a coaching approach which facilitates autonomy and resilience. Jane is a specialist in early clarinets and chalumeaux. In addition to her work at the Guildhall School, regular masterclasses and international adjudicating, she has pursued a busy international career, playing all over the world with many renowned ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Tafelmusik and The Academy of Ancient Music. Her repertoire is vast and extends from the works of Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi through to Wagner, Mahler and Debussy, all on historically appropriate instruments.

Neyire Ashworth is a coach and Professor of Clarinet Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Towards a More Flexible Musician of the Future is Neyire’s professional motto inspired by a wish to engage with the world around her whilst developing a form in which instrumental playing and theatre can marry seamlessly and meaningfully.

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