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Ensemble Leaders and Instrumental & Vocal Tutors

Kingston Music Service is seeking new part-time instrumental and vocal tutors for whole class, small group and individual lessons on violin, piano, brass, woodwind and voice.

Kingston Music Service
Royal Borough of Kingston
Contract Type
Hourly paid
Closing Date
20th June 2022

Start date: September 2022

Kingston Music Service is seeking new part-time instrumental and vocal tutors who are committed to delivering high quality music education. This includes:

  • Ensemble leaders & assistants (wind band, jazz band, concert band)
  • Violin Tutor (whole class, small group and individual lessons)
  • Piano Tutor (individual lessons)
  • Brass Tutor (individual and group lessons)
  • Singing Tutor (individual lessons; a willingness to work with choirs or lead group singing is an advantage)
  • Woodwind Tutor (whole class and individual lessons; range of instruments must include flute)
About the Ensemble Leader and Assistant Leader Roles

We are seeking Ensemble Leaders and Assistant Leaders to join our staff team that works with the KMS wind band, jazz band and concert band. Rehearsals are held on Thursday nights at Tolworth Girls’ School in Surbiton. These take place in term times – 30 weeks per annum.

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 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.

Pay rates and job description

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.

Click here for a full job description.

About the Music Tutor Roles

KMS music tutors work in schools, at our mid-week and Saturday morning music schools, and online according to their availability. Opportunities include teaching individual and small group lessons; whole class instrumental tuition; adult tuition; and leading instrumental groups or choirs depending on skills and experience. Generally we expect tutors to work at both primary and secondary levels. Tutors 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.

Pay rates and job description

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).

Click here for tutor description (instrumental and singing). 

KMS tutors 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.

About Kingston Music Service

Kingston Music Service (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 Global Majority (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) 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.

How to Apply

To apply please complete and send the application form (links below) to together with a link to a video of a solo performance (this can be formal or informal).

Tutor application form (Word)

Tutor application form (PDF)

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:
20th June 2022
Week beginning 27th June 2022. Shortlisted Ensemble Leader and Assistant candidates will be invited to come to work with the bands on Thursday 30th June 2022.
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