Graduate Music Assistant


Job summary

Whitchurch Primary School and Nursery
Council Local Officer Scale
Job Role:
Instrumental or vocal teaching, Orchestral (administration), Graduate
Contract Type:
Fixed term contract
Part Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

Job Description


Post title:                         Graduate Music Assistant

Salary:                             G2

Responsible to:              Headteacher/ Director of Music

Contract Duration:         2 Years Fixed Term 


Main purpose of the job:

  • To be a member of the Music Department contributing to the planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation of learning experiences that will enhance the children’s’ musical skills and  social development.  
  • To support and assist the Director of Music in the promotion of a busy and ambitious Music Department.
  • To support the Music Department with all administrative tasks associated with music provision.
  • To contribute to the provision and maintenance of a healthy, safe and stimulating environment. 
  • To develop and maintain professional links with parents/carers, other agencies working with schools, the local community and the Local Authority.  

Support for Music Curriculum

  • To provide direction and/or accompaniment for ensemble rehearsals and concerts as required.
  • To support the smooth running of rehearsals and concerts, including: preparation of sheet music, registering and supervision of pupils.
  • To provide an additional range of specialisms, which may include, supporting/leading on: KS1/2 choir, hymn practice, Aural and Theory Grade Exam support, Music Aptitude Test support.
  • To ensure the department’s teaching spaces during the school day are fully fit for purpose by helping tidy and maintain equipment, musical instruments and sheet music.
  • To regularly update the Music Department’s displays and event information.
  • To contribute in the making of observations and assessments of children’s musical ability, progress and behaviour.
  • To undertake administrative tasks to ensure the smooth operation of music events and lessons. 
  • To have a flexible approach to working hours to accommodate evening performance events in lieu of school hours sessions.
  • To maintain effective and professional relationships with parents/carers, meeting with them as appropriate to share information and to develop home/school links by encouraging and promoting parental involvement in the range of music activities, maintaining confidentiality at all times.

Support for Pupils

  • To deliver KS1/2 whole class music lessons and facilitate the support of the schedule of Music Department events.
  • Take responsibility for developing close professional relationships with an identified group of children and their parents/carers to support children’s emotional well-being and musical learning ability.
  • To take responsibility for working with groups of children on planned learning experiences across all areas of music including preparing, setting up, managing, and clearing up materials and equipment, in both indoor and outdoor learning areas.
  • To foster children’s independence, self-reliance and confidence. 

Support for Teacher

  • To maintain good order and discipline amongst the pupils, both on the premises and when engaged in school activities elsewhere in line with the school’s behaviour management policy.
  • To attend and contribute to staff meetings.
  • To be familiar with school policies and help ensure their implementation.
  • To be aware of government initiatives and contribute to their implementation.
  • To implement the school’s equal opportunities policy fully, and to work actively to overcome discrimination and stereotype.
  • To be aware of Child Protection issue, identifying and monitoring suspected child abuse and children at risk, reporting to the designated Child Protection Officer.

Support for School

  • Comply with and assist with the development of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting concerns to an appropriate person.
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  • Establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals, in liaison with the Director of Music, to support achievement and progress of pupils. 
  • Take the initiative as appropriate to develop appropriate multi-agency approaches to supporting pupils.
  • Recognise own strengths and areas of specialist expertise and use these to lead, advise and support others.


  • To have professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school, and maintain high standards in your own attendance and punctuality.
  • To promote the school’s visions “Learners today, leaders tomorrow” and the school’s core values; respect, responsibility, resilience, honesty, generosity and self-belief.
  • Perform any reasonable duties as requested by the Headteacher.

The above outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the post but may not identify each individual task undertaken. You will be required to carry out any other duties reasonably requested by the Headteacher or other senior member of staff.  

Whitchurch Primary School & Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Criminal Records Bureau. 

Review Arrangements

The details contained in this job description reflect the content of the job at the date it was prepared.  However, it is inevitable that over time, the nature of the job may change.  Exiting duties may no longer be required and other duties may be gained without changing the general nature of the post or the level of responsibility entailed.   Consequently, the school will expect to revise the job description from time to time and will consult with the post holder at the appropriate time. 

This document is not a contract of employment.


This job description is current at the date below but will be reviewed on an annual basis and, following consultation with you, may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the job requirements, which are commensurate with the job title and grade.


Signed…………………………………………                 Signed………………………………………….


Post Holder                                                            Headteacher


Date……………………………………………                 Date…………………………………………….



Person Specification Graduate Music Assistant






Music Degree (2.2 or above).

Grade 8 or higher equivalent in Performance.

First Aid Qualification.













Experience of delivering class lessons.

Experience of working with children within a school environment.

Experience of taking part in co-curricular activities.

Experience of supervising groups of pupils.

Other experience, e.g. being a paid worker in play schemes, private nurseries, midday supervision, after - school clubs or similar.













Strong subject knowledge in Music.

The safeguarding requirements when working with children.

Child development and the ways in which children learn.

The roles played by various adults in a child’s education.

The Equality Act and its application in a school setting.



















Ability to work with KS1 and KS2 pupils.

Strong keyboard skills or specialist skills on an orchestral instrument.

Intermediate ICT skills to use (MS office).

Excellent organisational and communicational skills.

Strengths in some of the following: conducting, accompanying, composition, instrumental repair.






















Ability to relate to pupils of all abilities.

Outstanding personal relations and team working skills.

Willingness and passion with the vision to support the development of music at the school in line with the school’s ambitions.

Ability to work independently.

The ability to maintain confidentiality.

The capacity to remain calm and cope with the unexpected. 

Commitment, flexibility and enthusiasm. 

A willingness to learn, use initiative and be part of a positive and collaborative team.





















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