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Head of Instrument - Music Production, with Guitar & Percussion

Oundle SchoolNorthamptonshire

Oundle School is one of the country’s leading co-educational boarding and day schools, with 860 boarding and 250 day pupils. A further 250 day pupils attend Laxton Junior School.  

Oundle School enjoys a strong reputation for academic excellence as the core of an all-round education and supported by outstanding pastoral care. It is renowned for the quality of its teaching of music, and for being one of the leading and largest departments in the country.  Developments over recent years have sought among other things to support the love of learning in all pupils by developing the non-examined curriculum. 

In addition to the Director of Music, Head of Academic Music & School Organist, and Academic Music Teacher, this role is one of five full-time Heads of Instrument: Wind & Brass; Strings; Singing; Keyboard; Music Production with Guitar & Percussion.  The department is supported by a large team of part-time visiting music teachers and two Administrators. 

Music is taught in classes to all first and second forms (11 – 13 years). Pupils in the Third Form choose to study the subject as one of three practical choices out of six. GCSE and A Level Music courses are offered, along with a 6th form Diploma course option.  The Music School has good facilities for technology in music and these play an important part in studio work, the music production academic options and compositional work for GCSE/A level.  There are weekly classes in theory and aural training. 

The school is developing its strong music production tradition further with the creation of this new post. We are seeking to appoint a Head of Instrument for Music Production with responsibility for the Guitar and Percussion departments to start September 2021. 

The successful candidate will be an outstanding music technician with experience of studio set-ups and different software platforms. In addition to teaching an allocated number of pupils a key part of this role will be to record, edit, master and render to digital formats our school performances and work with our Marketing Department on visual content. This post will suit a musician of the highest calibre who will relish the responsibility for creating new opportunities encompassing recording environments and techniques for groups of interested pupils. They will demonstrate a positive working style with enthusiasm and commitment, leading their team by example. They will be responsible for ensuring that the education of pupils is upheld as a priority and that the highest possible standards in work and conduct are achieved throughout the department. The Head of Instrument will advise the Director of Music on specialist issues and developments relating to the teaching of lessons in their department, including the suitability of music for concerts, conservatoire entrance, Music Scholars, and any other matters the Director of Music may seek assistance.

Applicants must have a Music degree or equivalent, previous teaching experience of 1:1, fluency in leading music software programmes, and experience of running concerts.

All members of the academic staff contribute to the School’s extensive co-curricular provision and are expected to fully participate in the boarding school life that encompasses some evening and weekend duties. 

An application pack and job description is available on the School website here. 

Application closing date: Friday 16th April (9am)

Interview dates: Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th April

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

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