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ALPHA Youth Choral Leader

£30,000 – £42,000 per annum

ALPHA Choral Courses seeks an ambitious and dynamic choral tutor to lead our up-and-coming feeder choir programme (ages 3 – 6 and 6 – 10) in Shenzhen, China. This role will ideally run from March 2019, although candidates who are able to start in July or September 2019 will also be considered.

ALPHA Choral Courses (Shenzhen, China)
Shenzhen, China
Contract Type
Fixed-Term Contract
Closing Date
21st October 2018

ALPHA is a pioneering youth music organisation based in Shenzhen, China. ALPHA seeks to open the door for young people to explore their musical potential via a range of exceptional choral opportunities designed to promote and nurture enjoyment of music making. This is achieved through exposure to a wide range of international choral methodologies and curriculums, delivered in fun and interactive sessions by a team of top-class international tutors.

These opportunities include:
• On-campus choral rehearsals and after-school choral classes
• Winter and summer choral courses
• Weekly rehearsals for the ALPHA Youth Choir (ages 3 – 15)
• Choir conductor training

Within the ALPHA Youth Choir, there are three subdivisions according to age and ability: ALPHA Zero (feeder choir), Alpha Original (general choir) and ALPHA Plus (performance choir). Each group participates in public performances on both domestic and international stages.

We are seeking a passionate and dynamic choral leader to join the ALPHA feeder team (ages 3 – 6 and 6 – 10). The appointed person will be responsible for the delivery of a Kodaly-based music education programme to local children in Shenzhen, via choral courses and weekly choir rehearsals.
This is a 3-month*, full-time post (40 hours per week), that can be extended up to either 6 months or 1 year.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Planning and delivering lessons in accordance with the syllabus, for students aged 3-6 and 6-10 within Shenzhen (focus on Kodaly method)
• Programming and conducting performances for the ALPHA Youth Choirs, including involvement in related promotional campaigns
• Helping to programme and lead ALPHA choral courses

Further Responsibilities:
• Monitoring and recording students’ progress
• Communicating with parents regarding student progress in person and via written reports, with the help of local staff
• Establishing and maintaining standards of student behaviour
• Liaising with ALPHA’s UK music director regarding the ongoing development of the curriculum
• Acting as an advocate for the work of ALPHA


• University education (or equivalent) in a music-related subject
• Fluent English speaker
• Experience teaching primary and/or early years
• Experience in choral leadership (e.g. conducting, workshop leading)
• Experience in repertoire planning
• Excellent leadership skills
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
• Understanding of vocal technique
• Knowledge of the Kodaly method

• Professional teaching and/or conducting qualification
• 3+ years teaching experience
• Experience in parent/teacher communication and reporting
• Familiarity with Microsoft and Sibelius software
• Piano competency
• Familiarity with Chinese culture

£30,000 – £42,000 Per Annum, (in accordance with experience)

Additional remuneration:
• Return flights from your home airport to Shenzhen (start and end of contract)
• Hotel accommodation for the first week of the contract
• Provision of housing, if required (to be negotiated against salary)
• Visa application fees and application support

How to Apply

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to: by 5pm GMT on Sunday 21st October.

ALPHA is committed to promoting the welfare of all students. As such, all posts are offered subject to the receipt of two references, and the successful application for a VISA, which involves a criminal record check

International applicants are welcomed.

Closing Date:
21st October 2018
w/c 22nd October (via Skype)
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