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Thanet Music Explorers Music Leader

£30.08 per hour

We are looking for an inspirational and creative music leader to lead and develop Thanet Music Explorers – a new mixed ensemble for young instrumentalists from Thanet. Aimed at children in school years 4-8, this is a natural progression from whole class instrumental learning, or for children who have been learning their instrument by another method for a minimum of a year (up to Grade 2 equivalent), and ideal as a first step into making music with others outside of school. The group will explore different genres of music through a range of methods including notation, improvisation, composition, aural training and singing.

Employer
Kent Music
Location
Thanet, Kent
Contract Type
Fixed-Term Contract
Closing Date
16th March 2018

We are looking for an inspirational and creative music leader to lead and develop Thanet Music Explorers – a new mixed ensemble for young instrumentalists from Thanet. Aimed at children in school years 4-8, this is a natural progression from whole class instrumental learning, or for children who have been learning their instrument by another method for a minimum of a year (up to Grade 2 equivalent), and ideal as a first step into making music with others outside of school. The group will explore different genres of music through a range of methods including notation, improvisation, composition, aural training and singing.

Purpose of the Role
An exciting opportunity to lead and develop Thanet Music Explorers – a new mixed ensemble for young instrumentalists from Thanet. Aimed at children in school years 4-8, this is a natural progression from whole class instrumental learning, or for children who have been learning their instrument by another method for a minimum
of a year (up to Grade 2 equivalent), and ideal as a first step into making music with others outside of school. The group will explore different genres of music through a range of methods including notation, improvisation, composition, aural training and singing. Music Explorers will take place from 4-5pm on a Wednesday evening. Once the successful candidate has been appointed, the nature of the additional hour’s work between 5-6pm will be determined according to their skillset.

Main Duties
o Plan and lead weekly sessions which develop the skills of the young musicians
taking part, ensuring that learning is effective and enjoyable and that students
progress in their musical learning.
o Source and/or arrange repertoire, paying attention to specific tastes, needs
and mixed standards across the group.
o Encourage creativity and build confidence in improvising through aural group
activities and singing.
o Plan and direct concerts throughout the year in consultation with other group
leaders at the music centre.
o Encourage progression within the group, as well as direct towards other Kent
Music county wide activities and that of our partners across the county.
o Promote and ensure good behaviour among pupils and safeguard their health and
welfare.
o Work with the Thanet Area Leader to support recruitment into the
ensemble from local schools and whole class teaching programmes.
o Build good relationships with schools, teachers and young musicians across
Thanet as well as acting as an advocate for Kent Music.
o Engage in Kent Music’s professional development opportunities, mentoring
and quality assurance process.
o Direct the work of the supporting tutor/s.
o Set up and pack down rehearsal space.
o Attend occasional Music Centre meetings.
o Other duties as required by your line manager (Head of Music Programmes).

Person Specification
Essential requirements
o Demonstrable experience of high quality and inspirational group music delivery with children of mixed ages and abilities, using a combination of notation, improvisation, composition and aural learning with strong conducting skills.
o Experience of arranging or sourcing differentiated instrumental parts for mixed abilities in a range of genres.
o Ability to plan a scheme of work for 33 weeks to include informal sharing/performances.
o Experience of 1:1 and small group tuition.
o Experience of leading singing activities with children.
o A good working knowledge of a wide range of orchestral and non-orchestral instruments.
o Good communication skills – confidence in communicating with, and leading a large group of mixed age/ability children and young people.
o Knowledge of current issues and trends in music education.
o Enthusiastic, energetic, creative and innovative with a proactive and positive attitude.

Desirable requirements
o Teaching qualification e.g. CME, QTS.
o Multi-instrumentalist able to teach 2 or more instruments.
o Experience of leading composition/creative activities with children to develop new music.
o Ability to accompany students on the piano.
o Up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding legislation for children, young people and vulnerable adults – training can be provided.

How to Apply

Please see our website www.kent-music.com/vacancies

Closing Date:
16th March 2018
Interviews:
21/03/2018
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