The ARCO Project is a three-tier pedagogy project that enables students within the strings department of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to gain vital experience teaching.
Each ARCO teacher (RBC student) has mentoring from existing teachers and also staff members involved with with the project. Alongside mentoring, bi-monthly pedagogy sessions are delivered by visiting tutors from the strings department. These sessions are varied, but provide advice and information on teaching methodology, directly linked to the weekly Skype lessons. Each student ARCO teacher works together with their South African counterpart teacher to maximise the learning opportunity of the ARCO student based in Soweto. This communication is key to forging strong teaching principles and superlative communication skills. Each student ARCO teacher will receive the opportunity to attend an ARCO Festival or Exchange held in South Africa, ultimately the most important part of the learning initiative forging and re-enforcing cross-cultural understanding and learning.