Head of Music

Department: Day School and Sixth Form
Reports to: Director of Performing Arts
Working Pattern: Full Time
Start date:  September 2023 (but for the right candidate we will consider January 2024)
Salary:  £40,000 – £45,000 per annum

Summary of the role:

All staff at ArtsEd are expected to sustain and improve the quality of training and education that is offered to the pupils in the school.

Our ethos is one of shared responsibility to which all teachers make a significant contribution. You will be expected to generate, along with the other members of successful department, the vision and ethos for the course and work together to develop the most innovative core units for students.


Department specific duties and responsibilities:

  •  To lead the Music Department through effective teaching, professional vision and knowledge
  • To keep abreast of all relevant examination and assessment specifications, meeting all deadlines
  • To maintain and monitor appropriate records of pupils’ learning and achievements, curricular records, and assessments
  • To plan and manage Music productions in school, including the audition process
  • To direct groups at rehearsals, and live or recorded performances, in order to achieve desired quality
  • To write and review the Music Department Development Plan
  • To maintain and develop schemes of work relating to the requirements of KS3 and the Examination Boards at KS4 and KS5, working collaboratively where appropriate
  • To take part in the appointment of staff to the Department and in the drawing up of their job descriptions
  • To appoint and manage the peripatetic teaching team
  • Administration of peripatetic lessons
  • To arrange, in consultation with members of the Department, the deployment of those members in the timetable
  • To support members of the Department in maintaining sound discipline within the school’s agreed policies
  • To monitor the quality of teaching and learning within the Department and to ensure that curricular records are kept and that reports are written
  • To supervise the use and care of the rooms assigned to Music classes, including adherence to relevant Health and Safety regulations in studios and other facilities
  • To devise and implement a rehearsal programme resulting in student productions that meet (and hopefully exceed) the expectations of a specialist school with a performing arts focus. This might result in spending additional time after school, on occasional Saturdays and in the half term breaks
  • Rehearse To students to be confident when performing enabling them to achieve success, be it for an exam or production
  • To co-ordinate backstage support and steward teams for all Music productions

School wide duties and responsibilities:

  • To maintain and monitor appropriate records of pupils’ learning and achievements
  • To ensure that health and safety issues are properly understood, and procedures followe effectively and consistently
  • To maintain effective discipline through implementation of the school agreed procedures
  • To take part in the Performance Management Programme
  • To maintain effective discipline through implementation of the school’s agreed policies and procedures
  • To carry out general school supervisory duties if required to do so
  • To attend Open Evenings, Parents Evenings, School performances and other relevant events
  • To attend and contribute to meetings for the department and others as requested

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Person Specification Essential or Desirable Method of assessment
Qualifications and Knowledge

A relevant Degree or Diploma









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The knowledge required by the Applicant to perform effectively in the role:

A thorough knowledge of all subject areas in order to inform both the curriculum and production work

A sound knowledge of relevant examination syllabuses for GCSE, A Level with a willingness to learn new specifications if deemed appropriate

A deep and developed range of teaching strategies and approaches relevant to the teaching of the subject

Familiarity with current best practice

A good knowledge of assessment procedures relating to the specialist area




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The categories of work or organisations, types of achievements and activities that would be in the role:

Relevant    teaching   experience,   preferably     in    a   co-educational environment

Experience of directing choirs

A firm understanding of how to direct students in a rehearsals

Experience as a facilitator or director in an educational setting








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Skills and abilities

The skills required by the Applicant to perform effectively in the role:

Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with other Departments across the Performing Arts Faculty.

Ability to inspire and develop young students, both vocationally and academically.

Evidence of first-class teaching skills

Effective classroom/studio manager

Ability to design and implement an exciting and effective curriculum

An efficient and effective administrator

Confident keyboard skills




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Personal competencies and qualities
The personal qualities that the Applicant requires to perform effectively in the role and to ensure that the Applicant safeguards and promotes the welfare of children and young people:

Motivation to work with children and young people

Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people

Emotional resilience

Positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline.

A strong commitment to educating young people

The ability to work constructively across a wide age and ability range.

The all-round ability to discharge all professional duties properly

The competence, stamina, and professionalism necessary to discharge all professional duties effectively

A willingness to allocate own time to rehearse productions with students or give additional one-to-one support to students applying to Dance conservatoires

Enthusiasm for the work of this specialist school including a passion for educating through the Arts

Ability to work as part of a small team and communicate effectively





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