Teacher of Music
Status of the post
This is a specialist teacher role within the school’s staffing structure, predominantly based in primary but with some Senior school teaching. The post holder is accountable to the Head of Department and Heads of Junior and Secondary School.
The post holder will be required to exercise her/his professional skills and judgement to carry out, in a collaborative manner, the professional duties set out below:-
1. Development of the school
To support the vision and mission, positive ethos and policies of the whole school and raise standards of the teaching, learning and attainment of pupils from Nursery in Music education.
To work with the Music team in achieving the priorities and targets which the school sets for itself in implementing innovative schemes of work.
To support the evaluation of the effectiveness of the school’s policies and developments in Music.
To keep abreast of educational developments in Music in line with the needs of the school.
2. Teaching and Learning
To be an exemplary teacher, clearly demonstrating effective planning, teaching and organisation, and high standards of achievement and behaviour in Music lessons.
To be responsible for the development and on-going review of the primary school’s Music curriculum and related schemes of work.
To support the development of the primary school’s Music assessment procedures in liaison with class teachers.
To work effectively to ensure that there is progression across the year groups.
To liaise with the Head of Department regarding the booking and timetabling of facilities, to keep class teachers fully informed of venue changes when necessary.
To develop the string programme and rehearse and conduct our senior string ensembles
To be able to keep records of pupil progress in line with school policy
To be able to use assessments of pupils learning to inform future planning
To inform and manage TAs in support roles in Music lessons.
To work closely with the Music team to secure and maintain excellent communication and high standards within the department.
4. Other Specific Responsibilities
To participate in continuing professional development (CPD) activities
Participating in arrangements made by the school for the review and management of performance
In liaison with the Music Head of Department, Year Leaders and class teachers, support a programme of performance opportunities to enhance and encourage the Music skills of all pupils.
To contribute greatly to the extra-curricular programme, which includes lunchtimes, break-times, after school and sometimes weekends
To maintain and develop links with parents, other schools, educational institutions and the wider community, including business and industry in order to enhance teaching, learning and personal development opportunities for the Music education of all the pupils.
Have excellent accompanying skills, and ability to teach singing in groups.
Substantial and successful primary teaching experience including Music education.
Have an instrumental/vocal specialism.
Experience of assessing pupil progress in Music in line with the National Curriculum.
High level of personal skill in and passion for Music
Experience of contributing to policy and decision-making.
Disposition – evidence of
Personal and intellectual qualities required to set an example to others.
Ability to work on own initiative and be proactive.
Commitment to excellence and to significantly raise the Music skills and personal achievements of all pupils.
Flexibility, drive, energy and enthusiasm.
Approachability and a sense of humour.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
A thorough knowledge and understanding of the English Music National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and how these can be implemented through realistic and achievable planning.
Ability to be a good team player with a good understanding of how team work contributes to school improvement.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work under pressure, prioritise tasks and manage time effectively in order to meet deadlines.