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Director of Music

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We are searching for an energetic and detail focused Director of Music to join our school. The director of music’s responsibilities include (but are not limited to): ensuring our music department strives to be a successful and thriving department, and that all pupils’ interest, proficiency and understanding of music is nurtured and furthered throughout their time with us. You should also be able to work with professionals with various musical backgrounds and differing levels of experience, and also clearly communicate your vision for the department.

Our Director of Music has an important role across the school. They will understand the skills, strengths, and areas of development for the part time music teacher in their charge, and coach and support where appropriate. Following the outbreak of COVID 19 they will be a key driving force within the school to rebuild a strong team of peripatetic musicians who deliver a timetable of 1:1 music lessons and academies throughout the school day as well as featuring heavily in our co-curricular programmes.

Creative intelligence is also required, as well as an ability to work within budgetary constraints, and building professional relationships across our EYFS – Year 8 teaching teams. A willingness to collaborate within the wider community is essential in order to uphold our excellent reputation and commitment to music education.

Responsibilities & Requirements:

  • Understanding of and at least three years teaching experience of National Curriculum music.
  • Ability to coordinate auditions for new musical talent as well as performances; assigning parts to different musicians and ensuring pupils have opportunities appropriate to their ability to perform and celebrate their progress.
  • Ability to assess students work – both academic and practical
  • To be a proficient pianist (minimum Grade 8 standard).
  • The ability to play an orchestral instrument, a range of classroom instruments and have good knowledge of software such as Garageband, Sibelius, Musescore etc.
  • Facilitate and guide pupils wishing to undertake ABRSM examinations.
  • To establish a strong presence within the school by being a role model and excellent teacher within the department, assuming responsibility for teaching music from Year 2 upwards (with an oversight of EYFS schemes of work).
  • Commitment to ensuring the department is busy at break times, before and after school, utilising wider staff where appropriate, to support this aim.
  • Selecting music and organizing interviews and PR opportunities within BSME, COBIS and other organisations.
  • Prepare students for music scholarships and to support pupils applying and transitioning to schools outside of Kuwait and Specialist Music Schools in the UK.
  • Selecting music and organizing interviews, PR opportunities for the school, and performances within our school and wider community.
  • Leading and supervising both smaller scale and whole school rehearsals and performances.
  • Arranging regular maintenance for all musical instruments and taking good care of the music technical equipment within the purpose built Performing Arts Centre in which music studios and classrooms are included.
  • Ensure all music resources are fit for purpose and support a rigorous and exciting music curriculum.
  • Remain up-to-date with developments and trends in the music industry.
  • Coordinate a weekly timetable for our peripatetic staff and communicate this effectively across the school and to parents.
  • Uphold effective overall communication with staff and parents using the google sites platform and other school methods.
  • Produce performances both online and in person for key events within the school calendar – prior notice given.
  • Great organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Strong leadership, time management, and multitasking abilities.
  • Ability to give clear instructions and make decisions under pressure.
  • Work collaboratively with the Head of Theatre and Drama ensuring support is given during school performances.

Other responsibilities:

  • To be a form tutor, or associate tutor to a group in Year 6, 7 or 8, overseeing all aspects of pastoral care
  • Partake in all areas of assessment and monitoring as outlined in the school policy, including report writing and parents’ consultation meetings.

The Director of Music Job Description can be found here and t he Teacher Job Description can be found here.

Interviews: Suitable candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible after an application is received. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to respond quickly in order to avoid disappointment.

The position is full time and the successful candidate will need to be in Kuwait in mid-August 2022. Term begins for pupils on Tuesday, 30th August, 2022.

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