Graduate Music Teacher

County Durham

Barnard Castle School

Job summary

Barnard Castle School
Job Role:
Classroom teaching, Instrumental or vocal teaching, Administration, Orchestral (performer), Performing, Graduate
Contract Type:
Term time for one academic year
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job


Role Summary

Barnard Castle School is looking for a Graduate Music Teacher for a 1-year fixed term contract for the 2022 - 2023 academic year.

This full-time role is flexible and can be tailored to the strengths and experience of the successful applicant. Duties will include assisting with and teaching classroom lessons; assisting the Director of Music in planning concerts; rehearsal and performance work; working with individual pupils who need additional support; department and general arts administration, as well as boarding duties. There are also opportunities to build rehearsal, conducting and leadership skills with our ensembles as well as assisting with elements of Music Technology. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, well-organised, and keen to engage young musicians of all abilities.

This is a superb opportunity for a graduate wishing to gain experience in the education sector, and who may be considering a career in music education or the wider education sector.

For an Applicant Information Pack please see our website.




  • To assist the Director of Music in the delivery of the Departmental Plan for music, helping to cultivate a happy and ambitious department.
  • To assist in the day-to-day running of a busy music department;
  • Teach theory and aural classes;
  • Assist in teaching classroom lessons and cover academic lessons as required;
  • Assist with ensemble rehearsals, taking sectionals and full ensemble rehearsals as required;
  • Assisting with general administrative tasks;
  • Support the Director of Music and Visiting Music Teachers in the administration of individual music tuition;
  • Help pupils with their practice and development;
  • Supervise practice sessions as necessary;
  • Accompany for concerts and rehearsals (if a keyboard player);
  • Accompany the Chapel Choir and play for Chapel Services (if an organist);
  • Assist in the daily running of a Boarding House;
  • Undertake any other reasonable tasks required by the Headmaster and/or Director of Music in association with this role.

Candidate Specification

Essential Criteria:


  • Hold (or will soon hold) a relevant degree in Music or equivalent;
  • A proven track record as a highly capable instrumentalist;
  • Ability to communicate a passion for Music to young people;
  • Professional appearance and demeanour;
  • Enthusiastic about working in a school environment and with young people;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Good IT Literacy;
  • Team-player and enthusiastic about music-making at the school.


Desirable Criteria:


  • Strong keyboard skills/experience as an organist and pianist;
  • An interest in pursuing a career in education;
  • Experience of coaching/conducting ensembles.


Terms & Conditions

 Type: Fixed term contract from 1st September 2022 with potential for extension for a further extra year, subject to performance to July 2023.

Salary: £15,000 plus free accommodation and term time meals.

 Hours: Full time; Barnard Castle School runs Monday-Saturday during term-time. In addition to any Boarding Duties, there will be some additional evening work and one-off events as part of the Music Department’s Calendar.

 Holidays: Other than an expectation to attend any staff induction days and school trips, the Graduate Music Teacher would not be expected to work during Barnard Castle School holidays.


Recruitment Process

 If you feel that you can meet the above requirements, then please submit a letter of application along with the Barnard Castle School application form to the Headmaster. Only applications containing the requested information will be considered.


Applications should be sent to:


Mr A C Jackson


Barnard Castle School

Barnard Castle

County Durham

DL12 8UN

Phone: 01833 696081

Fax: 01833 638985




Deadline: Monday 6th June at 5.00pm

Interviews are likely to be held during the week commencing Monday 13 June 2022.

 Applicants should read carefully the application procedure – guidance for applicants, Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-offenders and the Disclosure policy and the Safer Recruitment policy.

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