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Instrumental Teacher

  • Employer: London Borough of Havering
  • Reference: LBH02229
  • Published: Thu 07/11/2019, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sat 16/11/2019, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 per week
  • Salary: £0 - £9,999
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Havering

Havering Music School is the Local Authority Music Service for the borough. We provide instrumental and vocal tuition in primary and secondary schools and colleges in the London Borough of Havering.  Our team of over 70 teachers deliver some 750 hours of tuition per week in schools and there are currently over 3,000 students learning to play instruments with HMS.

As well as tuition in schools we offer a wide range of out-of-school-hours activities. These include lessons, opportunities to play or sing with other musicians in ensembles and to perform in our many concerts.  We have a very large and successful Saturday Music Centre as well as a variety of activities at the Weekday Music Centres.

We have a full range of bands, choirs, ensembles and orchestras that rehearse weekly at our Music Centres and perform regularly in local venues e.g. the Queen’s Theatre and at other venues locally and across London.

Our reputation for producing excellent players is growing across London and, as a result, our students are regularly invited to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and BBC in various educational projects.

Instrumental  Sessional Teacher

The posts currently pay £27.92 per hour

We have several vacancies for instrumental tutors. Hours are variable and there are opportunities to take on additional work as it becomes available, particularly for candidates who can direct ensembles, teach musicianship and/or lead whole-class ensemble teaching.

Brass tutor – required January 2020

We are looking for an enthusiastic tutor able to teach across the range of upper and lower brass. We have some peripatetic work available in the week plus teaching and ensembles at the Music Centre on Wednesday evenings (up to 8pm) and Saturday morning (8.35 to 12.35) during term.

We would love to rebuild our Youth Brass Band, which was previously our flagship ensemble and rehearses on Wednesday evenings. The right candidate may also be able to take on our Youth Orchestra, which rehearses after Brass Band.

Cello tutor

We are looking for an inspiring cellist to take on peripatetic teaching in schools.  At present, students are predominantly key stage 2 (age 7-11), taught as individuals and groups of two or three.  There is room for growth in cello teaching in the borough and we will support you to achieve this.

Ideally you will also be available to cover at our Saturday Music Centre at short notice. This runs 8.25am to 12.35pm during term.

Oboe tutor

We have oboe students – including a grade 7 – who need a specialist tutor at Weekday Music Centre on Wednesday evenings. There are opportunities to start building oboe teaching in schools as well, in which we can support an enthusiastic candidate.

It would be helpful if you could also offer Saturday morning cover, sometimes at short notice.

Clarinet tutor

We need an additional clarinet tutor to take on tuition at our Wednesday Music Centre. Initially it is just a couple of hours from 4:30pm but there is potential to build this to 3½ hours’ work on a Wednesday and to take on work on Tuesday evenings and peripatetic work in schools.

All applications must be made through the Council’s online recruitment portal and we require a full education and employment history for Safer Recruiting.

If you can offer more than one instrument, please apply once for your main specialism and mention your other instrument(s) in your personal statement.

We often have vacancies for ensemble leaders and teachers for musicianship classes too.  We offer a regular CPD programme and project opportunities through our wide partnership of world-class, professional organisations, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and Wigmore Hall.

The successful applicant will have recognised musical qualifications or demonstrate evidence of equivalent experience.  Experience of instrumental teaching in small and large groups will be an advantage.

You will need to be energetic and full of enthusiasm and in return you will find the experience of passing on your expertise enormously rewarding.  You will also need to be resourceful and organised.

We have a supportive management team and regular in-house training.  Through our wide partnership links we can also offer frequent and varied additional CPD opportunities.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The London Borough of Havering is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.

Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Havering Redeployees.

The London Borough of Havering is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Help Desk on 0203 373 0909.


For an informal discussion about these posts, please contact Gary Griffiths or Karen Tweddle on 01708 450313.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15th November 2019.

You will be notified if your application has been successful. Interviews will be held in mid-November, at which you will be required to play.

Havering Music School – Additional Information

Instrumental / Vocal Tutor:

Lessons are normally taught in groups (usually 2-3 students) and the post holder will need to demonstrate a wide range of teaching styles and approaches to suit the needs of schools and students. Many students in Havering take graded music exams at the Music Centre. They are also encouraged to join our many ensembles and perform regularly at concerts. A car is helpful for weekday teaching, although a number of our staff travel by public transport and lack of own transport is no disadvantage.

Duties will include any or all of the following as appropriate:

• Individual and small group instrumental teaching at our Saturday morning or weekday evening Music Centres and/or in schools as specified.

• Conducting groups and ensembles or tutoring them alongside a director.

• Travelling between schools. Travel time is not paid for, but travel expenses (i.e. fares/petrol costs etc) can be claimed for between schools.

• Pay and travel expenses are claimed monthly in arrears.

Saturday Music Centre / Weekday Evening Music Centre:

Saturday Music Centre and Weekday Evening Music Centres (Tuesday and Wednesday) take place weekly during term time (36 sessions per year). Teaching is usually one-to-one or groups of two and takes place at Havering Music School and at the adjacent Havering Sixth Form College site. Conducting or tutoring ensembles is sometimes an additional requirement of the post, as is attendance at evening concerts.  Dates are published well in advance.


  • Employer: London Borough of Havering
  • Reference: LBH02229
  • Published: Thu 07/11/2019, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sat 16/11/2019, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 per week
  • Salary: £0 - £9,999
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Havering

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