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Conductor and Instrumental Music Tutors

£24.36 – £34.71 per hour

Conductor and Instrumental Tutor Vacancies – September 2021
Kingston Youth Concert Band
Kingston Youth Big Band
Woodwind Tutor
Piano Tutor

Kingston Music Service
Royal Borough of Kingston
Contract Type
Part-Time Permanent
Closing Date
5th July 2021

Kingston Music Service currently has vacancies in the following:
A dynamic and experienced band leader to direct the Kingston Youth Big Band and Concert Band. (Thursday Afternoons)
Piano/Keyboard Tutor (After school and Saturday Music Centres)
Woodwind Tutor (Whole Class, Group and Individual Lessons School and Centres)

Kingston Youth Concert Band and Big Band
The Kingston Youth Big Band and Concert Bands are ambitious flagship ensembles with an excellent local reputation. Membership comprises advanced players of Grade 6+. The groups perform at least once per term at venues around Kingston and beyond – including The Rose Theatre – and have undertaken various video and audio recording projects. A concert in the Royal Festival Hall and a European Tour involving the bands is scheduled for Spring 2023. Examples of recent video recordings by the bands can be found on the Kingston Music Service YouTube playlist.

Big Band and Concert Band rehearsals are held back to back on Thursday nights at Tolworth Girls’ School in Surbiton. The combined running total is 2.5 hours per week, and for 30 weeks per annum.

Although the bands are currently conducted by one individual, we will consider applications from individuals who want to conduct only one of these groups, e.g. a jazz specialist for the Big Band role.

The successful candidate for the band leader role must commit to weekly rehearsals.
Candidates must have a musical or teaching qualification to diploma level but preferably beyond and:
– be an experienced wind/brass player
– be an experienced musical director
– have worked previously in music education

An ability to create bespoke band arrangements of existing musical pieces is an advantage.
Suitable candidates may also be invited to join our wider tutor workforce which provides individual, small group and class-based tuition both online and in person.
The hourly rate for an ensemble leader is between £28.79-£32.34 per hour based on experience – and ensemble leaders are paid for preparation time in addition to rehearsal time. Concerts and other events are paid at the same hourly rate.

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Piano/Keyboard Tutor
Woodwind Tutor

We are also looking for committed and energetic teachers who are passionate about delivering high quality education to young people and adults to teach online, in schools and KMS music centres across the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Experience of working with primary and secondary aged children and adults is desirable and teachers will be expected to be qualified to a minimum of Music Diploma. You must be able to teach up to Grade 8 standard and have experience of guiding pupils through graded exams.

Hours are part-time and variable and can be agreed between KMS and the applicant. For these posts you must be able to commit to working for 30 weeks of the year: three terms of 10 weeks during school terms.

Hourly rates of pay are currently between £24.36 and £27.34 for individual/small group tuition, £28.79 – £32.34 for large group tuition and £30.83 – £34.71 for whole class tuition (depending on qualifications and experience).

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KMS tutors and ensemble leaders are salaried and receive their 30 weeks’ pay divided into 12 equal monthly instalments. Other benefits include being able to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

KMS is a local authority music service, and the Music Education Hub for the Royal Borough of Kingston. The Royal Borough of Kingston prides itself on being a diverse, tolerant and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as this group is currently under-represented in our workforce. The Royal Borough of Kingston is proud to be recognised as a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to thinking differently about disability and taking action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake GDPR and safe-guarding training before commencing employment.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday 5th July 2021.

How to Apply

To apply please complete and send the application form to

2021 KMS Tutor Application Form.docx
2021 KMS Tutor Application Form.pdf
2021 KMS Tutor Application Form

Closing Date:
5th July 2021
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