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Head of Keyboard / Chapel Organist

DOYRMS Band 7 starting from £29,473 per year (£22,611 pro rata), plus £6,337 per year DOYRMS allowance

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School seeks to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and creative individual to develop and enhance the Keyboard Teaching and Chapel Choir within the Music Department.

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School
Dover, Kent
Contract Type
Part-Time Permanent
Start Date
September 2024
Closing Date
31st July 2024 at 12:00

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School enjoys a generously resourced Music Department, which spans all aspects of school life; academic, co-curricular, military band, as well as supporting dance and drama productions. The 60 strong Military Band benefits from dedicated practice, time, and is at the heart of the School’s ethos, values, and tradition. The Military Band or its Drum Corps perform at numerous events within and outside of the School, providing the accompanying music at our weekly parades. The School’s military history and tradition continue through the advancement of wider music in the School with generous support from our sponsor, the MOD. The School invests in three instrumental staff teaching woodwind, percussion, and piano/organ.

We run a successful Military Band project, giving all Year 7 students the opportunity to learn how to play a military instrument for free. For students demonstrating great promise and expertise, we offer scholarships for the duration of Year 8, which present a pathway to join the Military Band at a minimum Grade 3 entrance level.

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is looking to appoint a well-qualified and experienced instrumental music teacher for this term-time only post (37 hours per week, paid for 40 weeks of the year). Proficiency in teaching piano, playing the organ, accompanying and working with choirs, and supporting instrumental music examinations is required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach individual piano tuition across the range to students aged 11-18 in one-to-one and small group lessons
  • Play organ for all Chapel services as directed by the School Chaplain
  • Prepare students for Keyboard music examinations, including GCSE/A level practical
  • Be responsible for the organisation and direction of accompaniment in preparation for music examinations, including GCSE/A level practical
  • Be responsible for the organisation and direction of music theory
  • Attend, and if necessary, perform at all musical rehearsals and performances as directed by the Director of Music
  • To accompany School production rehearsals, as and when required
  • To contribute to Departmental administration including instrumental lesson timetabling, assessment and reporting
  • To supervise private practice in the music wing as directed by the Director of Music
  • To show a desire to explore new initiatives in instrumental teaching with a willingness for individual professional development

Additional Responsibilities (Tutor/Co-Curricular)

  • Responsibility for the welfare of a tutor group of students within an allocated Boarding House.
  • Monitoring the academic, behaviour, and general progress of students in the tutor group.
  • On a week day duty: lunch with students of the House, supervise the House during supper time, and monitor prep time proactively.
  • Contribution to clubs, sports, and activities, outside teaching/instruction time.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that all posts are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore, all posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

How to Apply

Completed application packs should be sent by email to the HR Department at as soon as possible.

Application forms can be downloaded from the school website. For detailed information and to review the full responsibilities and expectations associated with this role, please download the Candidate Pack and Job Description available on the School’s website.

CVs alone will not be accepted.

Closing Date:
31st July 2024 at 12:00
August 2024

About the Provider

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

A co-educational boarding school for students aged 11-18.