Senior Music Tutor

Department: Musical Theatre
Reports to: Head of Music
Working Pattern: Full Time (approx. 33 weeks per annum)
Hours: 16 hours per week
Salary: £35000

ArtsEd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff (permanent and visiting) and volunteers to share this commitment; all staff are required to undergo background checks in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 regulations and to hold an enhanced DBS.

Background to ArtsEd

ArtsEd originated from two schools, one founded in 1919 by Grace Cone and one founded in 1922 by Olive Ripman. These two educational pioneers believed passionately in the value of combining a general academic education with specialised training in dance, drama, music and art. They were committed to preparing young people for professional careers in or related to the theatre.  In 1939, Grace and Olive joined forces to create the Cone Ripman School, subsequently named the Arts Educational Schools. Dame Alicia Markova and Sir Anton Dolin drew almost exclusively on ArtsEd students to help them create their revolutionary company London Festival Ballet, which eventually became the English National Ballet. Ballerina Dame Beryl Grey became Director of the Schools in the 1960s. ArtsEd continued to innovate, introducing both professional acting and musical theatre courses and in I986 moved to its present home in Chiswick.  In 2007, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber became President, heralding an auspicious new era for ArtsEd.  The School of Musical Theatre and School of Acting offer full-time BA and MA courses. Our Musical Theatre course is recognised as the best in the UK, while the Acting course is praised for its innovative 50:50 split between stage and screen acting.  Our outstanding record of graduate success sees nearly every one of our Musical Theatre graduates and over three-quarters of our Acting graduates make their professional debuts within six months of graduating.

Summary of the Role

You will demonstrate a balance of professional and teaching skills to ensure that ArtsEd remains a leader in the world of professional Musical Theatre training.

The School of Musical Theatre currently offers a BA (Hons) and Cert HE which are validated by City, University of London. The current intake is 50 BA (Hons) & 30 Foundation students per year, with some funding via the Dance and Drama Awards scheme. There is also an active programme of outreach and short-course activity.

You will teach a range of classes from the current music and singing curriculum and contribute towards maintaining the highest quality teaching of singing and music and associated subjects throughout the School of Musical Theatre.

Key Responsibilities

  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
  • Contributing towards the efficient, safe, and effective provision of high-quality Musical Theatre training.
  • To teach a range of classes from the current music and singing curriculum, further details of which are outlined below.
  • Contributing towards maintaining the highest quality teaching of singing and music and associated subjects throughout the School of Musical Theatre.
  • Contributing towards curriculum review processes, as appropriate.
  • Participation in the audition selection process, where necessary.
  • To mark and assess student progress through classwork, projects, and performances as necessary, and during the assessment period at the end of the academic year.
  • Monitoring student attendance and maintaining discipline amongst the student body.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues and members of the singing and music department and beyond, to adhere to the aims, objectives, and priorities of the School of Musical Theatre.
  • Implementing resources to achieve departmental plans, ensuring that you are acting within the budget and strategic aims.
  • Being familiar with and compliant with equality legislation, in addition to promoting equality and diversity amongst both the staff and student body.
  • Providing excellent support to help students perform at their best, through motivating and developing them to achieve high performance.
  • Effectively communicating and attending regular team meetings and one-to-ones to ensure understanding of and engagement with student matters, activities, priorities, progress, and problems.
  • Providing clear guidance, instruction, advice, and coaching to students
  • Developing effective teamwork e.g., effective communication, consulting on shared aims.

Teaching Responsibilities

As advised by the Head of Music, to teach/MD a combination of:

  • Ensemble singing classes
  • 1-2-1 repertoire lessons
  • Song & Dance projects
  • Singing & Music projects
  • Song Workshop classes

Across the Foundation Cert H.E. Course and B.A. (hons) course.  This list is not exhaustive;  there may be additional requirements from time to time and the post may evolve in line with the strengths and ambitions of the employee, in agreement with the Head of Music and Course Director.

This is a full-time post with most working responsibility taking place during term time, but with other duties which occur throughout the year, including team meetings, auditions, events, assessments and training.

All Staff

  • All staff must promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for who you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
  • All staff must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to all ArtsEd policies and procedures, ensuring inclusivity, equality of opportunity, and compliance with Health and Safety in the workplace.
  • All staff must respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means in line with the Data Protection Act.
  • All staff must adhere to the staff Code of Conduct.
  • All staff are required to regularly undertake Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Prevent, and GDPR training and to maintain their own professionalism and job-related knowledge through ongoing CPD.
  • All members of staff are required to be professional, co-operative, and flexible in line with the needs of the post and the school.
  • All Job Descriptions are reviewed annually and will change to reflect the needs of the School and the post.
  • ArtsEd is committed to the safety, wellbeing and safeguarding of all pupils and students and expects all staff to share this commitment. Staff in all posts are required to hold a clear, enhanced DBS.
Person Specification Assessment Method

Application/ Interview/ Interview Task


A relevant degree

Commitment to continuing professional development


Accreditation requirements of the BA and Foundation Course Programmes

Curriculum and course structure of the Degree, the National Qualification, and the professional accrediting bodies.

Understanding of the requirements of the QAA Quality Code

Understanding of equality legislation

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Professional references


Teaching at BA Level, or higher

Working with students in a similar environment

Working in a professional capacity and using professional connections to develop students and provide opportunities


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Professional references

Skills and Abilities 

Excellent piano accompaniment and sight-reading skills

Experience as a Musical Director in the industry

Experience in writing musical and vocal arrangements


Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Persuasiveness and a willingness to take artistic risks

Self-motivation and the ability to motivate and inspire others

The ability to work as part of a team

An awareness and understanding of technical issues, the workings of a theatre and the process of performance

The ability to develop innovative ideas and to solve problems creatively and practically

Organised and efficient

Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation and procedures

Dedication and enthusiasm

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Skills assessment at interview

Professional references

Personal Competencies 

Motivation to work with young people.

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

Emotional resilience.

Positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline.

Commitment to continued professional development of both self and others.

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Professional references