Musician in Residence, Moray

Closing date:Expiring soon


Date posted:
Start date: 1 September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Gordonstoun Salary Scale
Contract term: Fixed Term

Broader experiences, broader minds


Contract term: Fixed Term to 31 August 2021

Gordonstoun is seeking an enthusiastic and talented Musician in Residence to join the Music Department. The Musician in Residence will bring a range of musical skills to the school and the Head of Music will seek to build aspects of the position around the skills that the successful candidate possesses. The Musician in Residence will work across the whole age range, spending equal time in both the junior and senior schools; he/she will be involved in the unique Gordonstoun Junior Music Curriculum and take part in appropriate ensembles in the senior school. Some individual instrumental/singing/music technology/theory lessons will form part of the duties, as appropriate to the individual skills of the successful candidate. The successful candidate will be resident in the school: accommodation and all meals are provided.

Music at Gordonstoun

The Music Department works across the range of both Junior and Senior Schools and seeks to encourage music making and performance at all levels. The junior school instrumental curriculum ensures that all pupils have the chance to learn an instrument and, as a result, a large number of individual music lessons are taught each week. Concerts of all kinds are staged regularly: the senior school has two informal lunchtime concerts each week to enable pupils to give a first airing of a new piece and to practice performing in front of a small friendly audience; there are more formal evening concerts most weeks, usually on Thursday evenings and the Junior School Chapel on Friday evenings will often involve a performance in addition to other junior concerts. Music-making also takes place outside of school: in the present year, Gordonstoun musicians have performed at the Highland Tattoo in fort George; competed in the Scottish Concert Band Festival in Perth; and sung at Crathie Kirk in Aberdeenshire for a service attended by HM the Queen.

Instrumental and singing lessons are taught by a team of specialist staff, who prepare pupils for performance exams and other performances; many of them also direct ensembles.

Music is taught to GCSE and A level. Currently we have a number of GCSE students and A level students. In recent years, several students have gone on to study music at university or conservatoire: we currently have former Gordonstoun pupils studying composition at the Royal Academy in London and the Royal Northern College of Music; others are continuing their studies at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow and Leeds College of Music.

To find out about the main activities and responsibilities of the Musician in Residence please download the job description below.

The salary will be at an appropriate point on the Gordonstoun salary scale and accommodation on site will be provided.

Candidates wishing to be considered for this post should complete the school’s application form which can be found on and submit a letter of application outlining why they feel they are suitable candidates for this post to the Headmaster or email to

More about Gordonstoun
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 6 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 5RF, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1343 837837
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The School
Gordonstoun is known for the wide range of activities that it provides for girls and boys throughout the School's 6-18 age range. It has first-class facilities for these activities which include, in addition to all the normal subjects an...