Head of Instrument (Keyboard)

  • Organisation: Oundle School
  • Location: Northamptonshire
  • Salary info Competitive
  • Tenure: Full-time
  • Closing Date: Friday 24 February 2023

We seek to appoint a Head of Instrument for Keyboard to start September 2023 to develop our strong music tradition further.

THE ROLE

Heads of Instrument advise the Director of Music on specialist issues and developments relating to the teaching of lessons in their department(s), including the suitability of music for concerts, conservatoire entrance, Music Scholars, and any other matters the Director of Music may seek assistance.

The post-holder will be responsible for all matters relating to Piano, Organ and Harpsichord (presently encompassing 8 Visiting Music Teachers and around 200 pupils) and therefore demonstrate a positive working style with enthusiasm and commitment, leading their team by example. They will teach lessons on a 1:1 basis to around 30 pupils. The Head of Keyboard is the ‘go-to’ for specialist expertise for all matters concerning keyboard provision across the whole School, including advising on and helping organise the purchasing and maintenance of all our keyboard resources. Liaising with the Director of Music and other Heads of Instruments is key in overseeing the delivery of specific piano concerts and masterclasses, whilst organising all accompaniment needs for the many concerts, competitions, exams and ad hoc occasions in addition to being responsible for ensuring that the education of pupils is upheld as a priority.

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, and support trips and tours in both term-time, and occasionally, holiday time.

ABOUT THE PERSON

The Head of Keyboard should be an outstanding pianist, able to sight read to the highest standard, and being an organist would be an advantage, though the school employs a School Organist and a further organ teacher specialist. The postholder must be eager to think of new strategies for developing pupils’ wider musicianship skills, such as sight-reading, technical classes, jazz piano, piano accompaniment, duets and ensembles, organ and harpsichord playing.

Applicants must have a Performance Diploma or Music degree and display evidence of continuing professional development. Specialism in the field of piano performing, be it as a soloist or accompanist, is essential. It is highly desirable that the applicant will have worked in schools before but you must have previous teaching experience of 1:1 and be able to teach beginners through to Diploma standard.

THE DEPARTMENT

The Music Department is housed in an old Georgian Rectory, now the Gascoigne Building, near the centre of the School and the town. The Gascoigne Building provides an attractive and well-equipped environment for music education. The School has a fleet of 54 pianos, its own Music Library, and the chapel has 3 organs: a three manual instrument, built in 1984 by Frobenius of Denmark, a 5-stop continuo organ by Johnson and a Copeman Hart instrument, built in 2000.

The Music Department presently consists of; the Director of Music, Head of Academic Music and School Organist, five Heads of Instruments specialising in Wind & Brass, Strings, Singing, Piano, and Music Production, and an Academic Music Teacher. It is supported by a large team of part-time visiting instrumental teachers and two Music Administrators.

APPLICANT INFORMATION

If you are excited by this opportunity, you can find additional information on the School, the role and benefits on offer including application instructions by following the link below. Please complete and return an application form and the supplement to the application form before the closing date. Please note CV submissions cannot be accepted.

Application closing date: Friday 24 February 2023 (9am)

Interview date: Friday 3rd March 2023

Oundle and Laxton Junior School are proud to be equal opportunity employers and we welcome applications from all. Both Schools are 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.

We seek to appoint a Head of Instrument for Keyboard to start September 2023 to develop our strong music tradition further.


Description

THE ROLE

Heads of Instrument advise the Director of Music on specialist issues and developments relating to the teaching of lessons in their department(s), including the suitability of music for concerts, conservatoire entrance, Music Scholars, and any other matters the Director of Music may seek assistance.

The post-holder will be responsible for all matters relating to Piano, Organ and Harpsichord (presently encompassing 8 Visiting Music Teachers and around 200 pupils) and therefore demonstrate a positive working style with enthusiasm and commitment, leading their team by example. They will teach lessons on a 1:1 basis to around 30 pupils. The Head of Keyboard is the ‘go-to’ for specialist expertise for all matters concerning keyboard provision across the whole School, including advising on and helping organise the purchasing and maintenance of all our keyboard resources. Liaising with the Director of Music and other Heads of Instruments is key in overseeing the delivery of specific piano concerts and masterclasses, whilst organising all accompaniment needs for the many concerts, competitions, exams and ad hoc occasions in addition to being responsible for ensuring that the education of pupils is upheld as a priority.

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, and support trips and tours in both term-time, and occasionally, holiday time.

ABOUT THE PERSON

The Head of Keyboard should be an outstanding pianist, able to sight read to the highest standard, and being an organist would be an advantage, though the school employs a School Organist and a further organ teacher specialist. The postholder must be eager to think of new strategies for developing pupils’ wider musicianship skills, such as sight-reading, technical classes, jazz piano, piano accompaniment, duets and ensembles, organ and harpsichord playing.

Applicants must have a Performance Diploma or Music degree and display evidence of continuing professional development. Specialism in the field of piano performing, be it as a soloist or accompanist, is essential. It is highly desirable that the applicant will have worked in schools before but you must have previous teaching experience of 1:1 and be able to teach beginners through to Diploma standard.

THE DEPARTMENT

The Music Department is housed in an old Georgian Rectory, now the Gascoigne Building, near the centre of the School and the town. The Gascoigne Building provides an attractive and well-equipped environment for music education. The School has a fleet of 54 pianos, its own Music Library, and the chapel has 3 organs: a three manual instrument, built in 1984 by Frobenius of Denmark, a 5-stop continuo organ by Johnson and a Copeman Hart instrument, built in 2000.

The Music Department presently consists of; the Director of Music, Head of Academic Music and School Organist, five Heads of Instruments specialising in Wind & Brass, Strings, Singing, Piano, and Music Production, and an Academic Music Teacher. It is supported by a large team of part-time visiting instrumental teachers and two Music Administrators.

APPLICANT INFORMATION

If you are excited by this opportunity, you can find additional information on the School, the role and benefits on offer including application instructions by following the link below. Please complete and return an application form and the supplement to the application form before the closing date. Please note CV submissions cannot be accepted.

Application closing date: Friday 24 February 2023 (9am)

Interview date: Friday 3rd March 2023

Oundle and Laxton Junior School are proud to be equal opportunity employers and we welcome applications from all. Both Schools are 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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