Visiting Teacher of Trombone

Caterham, Surrey

Job summary

Caterham School
Self Employed
Job Role:
Instrumental or vocal teaching
Contract Type:
Self-employed contract
Part Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

Caterham School is well placed for access to town and country: the beautiful two hundred acre site is five minutes’ drive from Junction 6 of the M25, twenty minutes’ drive from Gatwick and a short walk from the local station, with several trains an hour into London. The Senior School and Prep School sites are located within a few minutes walk of each other.

As one of the leading coeducational HMC schools in the country, we believe that music is an essential part of a rounded education. It promotes children’s academic and social development, enhances their cultural understanding and provides a creative outlet for those who engage in music seriously as well as for fun. For all these reasons, we aim to offer a level of music tuition, support and opportunity that is outstanding. Our team of Visiting Music Teachers (VMTs) provide instrumental and vocal tuition at the Prep and Senior Schools and this provision, alongside excellent academic teaching of music had enabled many pupils to study music at university and pursue their musical studies at conservatoires and music colleges.

Our music programme encompasses all styles of music and provides opportunities for musicians at every level to become involved. Please visit for more general information about the Music Department.  

We are now seeking an inspirational professional musician to offer lessons on a self employed basis. Lessons are generally 40 minutes long and VMTs invoice parents directly and in advance, according to an agreed rate which can be discussed with the Director of Music. As a guide, these are in the region of £28 per lesson. Lessons are timetabled by VMTs with assistance from the Music Department Administrator. You will join us for up to two days a week and teach individual pupils aged from 7 to 18 at both Caterham Prep School and Senior School. There will be scope for the post-holder to run an ensemble to contribute to the wider music programme and get involved with the wider school community. Additionally VMTS may be asked to perform alongside our pupils in concerts.  For such additional work, the school will pay fees in line with Musicians’ Union rates. The successful candidate would be expected to increase awareness and help promote the playing of their instrument(s) within the school, working in tandem with relevant full-time staff. Applicants should be confident teaching to grade 8 and beyond.

You must be a teacher with initiative, vision and the ability to build on the success of our thriving department and contribute to its further development. Like many of our VMTs, you may well perform professionally and will certainly have the confidence, credibility and technical expertise to encourage participation and enable each pupil to reach their musical potential. You will hold a good degree in Music from a well-respected university or conservatoire. You will be confident using technologies to communicate effectively with pupils’ parents as necessary. This will include use of timetabling software for which a tablet or smart phone is particularly useful. Ideally, you will have experience of delivering lessons remotely using appropriate platforms such as Zoom/TEAMS etc.

You will join us on a self-employed basis with effect from 5 September 2022, start of the autumn term. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to give a demonstration lesson to a pupil observed by the Director of Music and/or the Head of Instrumental Music. 

Currently the role offered is for approximately one day per week of teaching throughout the Prep and Senior schools.  There is the potential to expand this teaching further in the future. 

For further information, full job description and an application form, please visit the vacancies page of our website at:

Closing date :    Monday 6 June 2022

Caterham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All offers of employment are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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