Teacher of Musical Theatre and Musical Director

Day School and Sixth Form
Reports to
Head of Musical Theatre
Working pattern
Full Time (A part time post might be considered for the right candidate)
40 hours Monday to Friday
£30,000 - £36,000
Application deadline
Interview date
Start date

Summary of the role

The successful candidate will be joining a highly talented Performing Arts Team many of whom bring industry experience to the department of 26 teachers and 11 peripatetic staff.  Working as part of this team, you will support the Head of Musical Theatre in the planning and delivery of the musical theatre curriculum; this includes Key Stages 3 and 4, and 6th Form. An integral part of this is the planning, preparation, rehearsal and performance of large and small scale productions within the Performing Arts.

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • To plan and teach Musical Theatre classes to students on the KS4 and BTEC Musical Theatre Pathways and assist with Musical Theatre department productions.
  • To direct and accompany vocal groups at rehearsals, and in both live and recorded performances.
  • To prepare students for external auditions for H.E. Conservatoire training, NYMT, and agreed professional work.
  • To coach and prepare cast members for performances.
  • To participate in the ArtsEd audition process including accompanying candidates.
  • To work with the Head of Musical Theatre on unit delivery and execute suitable schemes of work across the department within the curriculum and framework of the examination boards.
  • To write vocational subject reports and keep records of internal vocational assessments.
  • To contribute to the Musical Theatre assessment calendar.
  • To mark work set in relation to the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 course mark scheme.


  • A relevant Degree or Diploma
  • QTS (Desirable)


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

  • An excellent knowledge of Musical Theatre (current trends and historical context) with a clear ability to teach and inspire using a range of teaching strategies relevant to the subject.
  • An excellent knowledge of Musical Theatre repertoire.
  • Significant and up-to-date knowledge of a variety of technical singing pedagogy.
  • A firm understanding of how to enhance the vocal skills of students ranging from Y7-13
  • Confident keyboard skills
  • Familiarity with current best practice.
  • A good knowledge of assessment procedures relating to the specialist area.
  • A sound knowledge of the Edexcel BTEC Performing Arts specification is desirable but not essential.


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.
  • Relevant experience of musical direction including leading a band for performance.
  • Relevant experience of nurturing young voices.
  • Professional vocational experience is desirable but not essential.

Skills and abilities

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

  • Excellent and experienced teacher of Musical Theatre in both one-to-one and group classes.
  • Experienced and confident Musical Director.
  • A skilled pianist with the ability to sightread to a high standard.
  • Ability to organise and integrate own specialism into the study of relevant units withing the BTEC performing arts specification and the KS4 Musical Theatre pathway.
  • Ability to design and implement an exciting and creative Musical Theatre programmes for Y7-13 students.
  • Ability to inspire and develop young students.
  • Evidence of first-class teaching skills.
  • Effective classroom/studio manager.

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 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.

ArtsEd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. Successful candidates will undergo child protection screening, including, but not limited to, an Enhanced DBS check (including Barred List Information), an online search, employment history check covering any gaps and two professional references.