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Head of Centre

£37,388 (HMS pay scale level 14)

Hertfordshire Music Service has a vacant post for Head of St Albans Music School. This post will oversee and develop both tuition and ensembles in this Centre, working closely with the Area Head and instrumental teachers. The successful applicant will have the opportunity and scope to build on their own personal strengths and interests which could attract additional responsibility time.

Hertfordshire Music Service
St. Albans
Contract Type
Full-Time Permanent
Closing Date
12th May 2017


Job Title: Head of Centre

Base: St Albans Music School
Minimum of 0.5 time allowance

Required from September 2017

Responsible to: Area Head – West

Job Purpose:

To oversee and develop the Music Centre provision in St Albans Music School

Principal Accountabilities:

  • To provide operational management of the Music Centre.
  • To work with the Area Head to maintain and improve standards in tuition and ensembles.
  • Contribute to Performance Management of instrumental teachers and music staff.
  • To have overall responsibility for the Heath and Safety of the Music Centre.
  • Contribute to district partnerships and networks, including music and arts provision in extended schools and communities, and other teams within Children’s Services.
  • To assist the Area Head in teacher recruitment, selection, welfare, induction and CPD including INSET programme.
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the Music Service and whole-service initiatives as necessary.
  • Undertake teaching and leading ensembles as required.

Knowledge, Experience and Training


  • Graduate status or equivalent
  • Qualified Teaching Status desirable



  • Experience as a teacher, either instrumental or classroom
  • Experience as a performer and musician
  • Experience in team leadership
  • Management experience would also be advantageous



  • Knowledge of current music education practice.
  • Understanding of how music fits into the broader educational picture, including ‘Every Child Matters’
  • Knowledge of a wide range of musical genres and approaches to making music



  • High standard of musical competence
  • Proven excellence as a music teacher
  • Management and leadership skills or clear potential to gain them
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Competency in ICT and familiarity with music ICT applications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: emotional intelligence, empathy and self-awareness which would be required for working with a wide variety of people.

How to Apply

In order to apply you should have experience as a teacher, either instrumental or classroom, and experience as a performer and musician.  Experience in team leadership and management would also be advantageous.
To apply please send a letter outlining why you think you would be suitable for this post together with your CV to:


This post is subject to safe recruitment practices.

Closing Date:
12th May 2017
To be confirmed
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