Principal Accompanist and Piano Teacher


Surbiton High School

Job summary

Surbiton High School
Job Role:
Instrumental or vocal teaching
Contract Type:
Part Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

To inspire, encourage and empower our pupils to achieve their very best in the subject of Instrumental Piano lessons and Performance.

Key Responsibilities*:

  • To provide high-quality piano accompaniment at various Music Department events throughout the year. This may take the form of: soloists, chamber ensembles and larger ensembles such as choirs
  • To provide high-quality piano accompaniment for students completing GCSE and/or A Level Music NEA (non-examined assessment i.e. coursework)
  • To plan individual lessons that set challenging teaching and learning objectives which are relevant to the pupils taught
  • To select and prepare resources including repertoire
  • To monitor and assess pupil progress
  • To report on pupils’ attainment orally and in writing
  • To teach appropriately for the age and ability range of the pupils
  • To provide pupils with practice strategies, to extend work in lessons and encourage pupils to make music independently
  • To have high expectations of pupils and build successful relationships centred on teaching and learning
  • To organise and manage teaching and learning time effectively
  • To actively contribute to the wider musical life of the School through recruitment of students and involvement with ensembles, concerts and other performances as required
  • To promote and foster a culture of excellence, commitment and aspiration in the Music Department
  • To maintain accurate attendance records
  • To organise a timetable that adheres to the rota system in operation
  • To write reports detailing pupils’ progress and achievement on an annual basis

*This list is not exhaustive, and the post holder may be asked to take on additional accompaniment responsibilities as reasonably requested by the Director of Music.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:


  • Relevant instrumental teaching experience 
  • A good honours degree in music or music performance


  • First-rate piano accompanist 
  • First-rate sight-reading skills
  • Other relevant music experience incorporating: Performance – especially as an accompanist, Conducting, rehearsing groups/ensembles
  • Excellent communication skills, both in written and spoken English

Personal Qualities

  • Warm and personable approach 
  • High levels of personal presentation
  • High levels of personal and professional integrity
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Sound judgement and the ability to make decisions
  • High levels of discretion and confidentiality and awareness of data protection
  • High degrees of self-confidence, personal energy and dynamism
  • Ability to sustain a positive working relationship with pupils, parents, staff and the local community
  • Ability to inspire students across a wide age range
  • A passion for excellence

To Apply

Please apply online via the link on the TES or our School website 


Closing date for Applications:                                                    8.00am, Monday 1 November 2021 

Interviews to be held week commencing:                            8 November 2021 


Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email

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