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Musical Director: Dartford Orchestra for Young People

£30.08 per hour

We are looking for a dynamic Musical Director to lead and develop Dartford Orchestra for Young People – a new orchestra for 10-18 year olds from Dartford who have been learning their instrument for a minimum of three years (or Grade 2 equivalent).
The role of Musical Director will include on the ground Orchestra leadership and management, and artistic direction throughout the weekly rehearsals and associated events and activities. The group will explore different genres of music through a range of methods including notation, improvisation, composition and aural training.

Employer
Kent Music
Location
Dartford
Contract Type
Fixed-Term Contract
Closing Date
16th April 2018

We are looking for a dynamic Musical Director to lead and develop Dartford Orchestra for Young People – a new orchestra for 10-18 year olds from Dartford who have been learning their instrument for a minimum of three years (or Grade 2 equivalent).

The role of Musical Director will include on the ground Orchestra leadership and management, and artistic direction throughout the weekly rehearsals and associated events and activities. The group will explore different genres of music through a range of methods including notation, improvisation, composition and aural training.

Main duties


o Plan and lead weekly sessions spanning across a year (33 weeks) which develop the orchestral and ensemble skills of the young musicians taking part, ensuring that learning is effective and enjoyable and that students progress in their musical learning. The scheme of work will include rehearsing and performing existing repertoire, creating pieces with the group, improvisation and singing

o Source and/or arrange repertoire, paying attention to specific tastes, needs and mixed standards across the group

o Build and maintain relationships with partners of Kent Music and the Mick Jagger Centre

o Support participants to contribute to the creative process and to ideas about the orchestra’s future development

o Plan and direct concerts throughout the year (supported by the Area Leader, Music Programmes team and MJC)

o Attend Dartford area network meetings when available and where appropriate

o Work with the Area Leader for Dartford and the Mick Jagger centre to support recruitment into the ensemble from local schools and contribute ideas to marketing plans for the orchestra

o Signpost young people to other relevant ensembles, orchestras and opportunities both locally and across the county

o Responsibility for promoting and ensuring good behaviour among pupils and safeguarding their health and welfare in consultation with Kent Music’s lead safeguarding and Health and Safety officers

o Engage in Kent Music’s professional development opportunities, mentoring and quality assurance process

o Set up and pack down the rehearsal space

o Direct the work of supporting tutor/s

o Other duties as required by your line manager (Head of Music Programmes)

Person Specification

Essential requirements

o Demonstrable experience of directing and conducting mixed ensembles/orchestras with children and young people using a combination of different types of notation, improvisation and composition

o Experience of delivering high quality and inspirational music projects across a range of musical genres

o Experience of sourcing, arranging and developing traditional and contemporary repertoire

o A good working knowledge of orchestral and non-orchestral instruments

o Experience as a performing musician

o Good communication skills – confidence in communicating with, and leading a large group of mixed age/ability children and young people

o Experience of adapting teaching styles in order to make music accessible and appealing to children and young people across a range of needs

o Knowledge of current issues and trends in music education

o Enthusiastic, energetic, creative and innovative with a proactive and positive attitude

o Be able to initiate ideas, set own targets and meet own/other people’s deadlines

Desirable requirements

o Teaching qualification e.g. CME, QTS
o Multi-instrumentalist able to teach 2 or more instruments
o Up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding legislation for children, young people and vulnerable adults – training can be provided
o Experience of working collaboratively with partners

Other Information

The post is based at The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford where there is free parking and disabled access and facilities

The Kent Music Head Office is based at Turkey Mill in Maidstone

Working hours are currently 3 hours per week (2 hour delivery and 1 hour administration and preparation), on Wednesdays, term-time only (33 weeks per annum). This is a fixed term contract until July 2019, however, there may be an opportunity to extend this

Travel expenses are payable in line with the Kent Music policy as set out in the Staff Handbook

Holiday

The holiday year begins on 1st September and ends on the 31st August each year. Your holiday entitlement is based on the provision of 22 working days for a full year plus 8 days statutory bank holidays worked (totalling 6 weeks) and is calculated pro-rata and included in your hourly rate of pay. Your holiday pay will be paid at 13.04% included in your normal (holiday inclusive hourly) rate of pay.

Safer Recruitment Policy

Kent Music is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Kent Music takes the responsibility of child protection very seriously and checks the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.

Equality and Diversity

Kent Music is an Equal Opportunities employer. Kent Music values diversity and welcomes under represented people to apply. To address any barriers we will consider reasonable adjustment and access requirements before, during and throughout the interview process. Please do let us know on your application anything that we can do to help make your process as accessible as possible.

How to Apply

For a full job description and application form, please email ahaigh@kent-music.com.

The closing date for this post is Monday 16 April at 12 noon. No CVs will be accepted. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 25 April at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford from 4pm, and will require a short demonstration of working with a group of instrumentalists as well as a verbal interview.

Closing Date:
16th April 2018
Interviews:
25th April 2018
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