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Music Leader (Brass)

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Prime Objectives of the Post

The post holder, working closely with the Associate Director (Schools, Singing and Inclusion) will be responsible for delivering a diverse range of music education programmes and projects across Calderdale schools, at our flagship premises and within community settings.

Music Leaders will develop the musical, personal and creative potential of young musicians, bringing all the benefits that a quality music education can offer to their individual and social development. This can include teaching instrumental skills, singing, music theory, composing, music technology, or using music creatively within a nurturing setting. This may involve working with individuals, small groups, bands/ensembles, or whole classes and across a range of musical genres and traditions.

Reports To

Associate Director (Schools, Singing and Inclusion)


10hrs per week
T6 (£5,648.60) to T20 (£8,887.98)

Full time equivalent
T6 (£20,899.82) to T20 (£32,885.53)


10 Hours Per Week
Term Time Only



Interview Dates

Week Commencing 26/02/2024

Start Date

Week Commencing 08/04/2024

Main Duties & Responsibilities

To inspire young people with a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all.

To plan, co-ordinate and deliver a high quality, planned programme of activities throughout Calderdale:

  • small group and individual lessons in both primary and secondary schools, online remotely and at Calderdale Music’s premises
  • Whole Class Ensemble and School Curriculum teaching with brass instruments across all Key Stages
  • involve young people in planning how they want to learn and make music
  • Use relevant data to monitor musical, personal and social progress, set targets and record work, giving appropriate feedback to learners
  • Develop resources and adapt practice to suit the needs and interest of all learners
  • Create positive and inspiring relationships with pupils
  • To demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge

To support schools and foster positive relationships with all school based-staff and other partner organisations.

To lead and direct ensembles as required, preparing suitable material that represents different styles and genres.

To support the leadership team in providing opportunities for pupils to perform regularly.

To support the strategic aims of Calderdale Music by supporting pupil recruitment and community engagement.

To work collaboratively with school staff and other agencies to ensure the delivery and promotion of Calderdale Music’s activities.


To attend meetings as required by the leadership team.

To work within the team and share good practice.

To maintain a healthy teaching schedule (up to 80% contact time).

To regularly reflect on and develop your own professional practice; taking part in a range of CPD activities appropriate to the role.

To support the development of initiatives and policies e.g. data protection, safeguarding, health and safety.

Support Calderdale Music’s objectives regarding equal opportunities, cultural diversity, inclusion and social justice.

Follow the Calderdale Music’s safeguarding policy at all times and model commitment to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and young people at all times.

To contribute to the strategic development of Calderdale Music.

Person Specification

Qualifications and training

QTS (or equivalent) A
Professional development activities undertaken with the last 2 years A
Music degree A
High level of proficiency (Grade 8 or equivalent standard) on a brass instrument A


A successful track record in effective teaching A/I/R
Experience of leading ensembles A/I/R
Able to demonstrate varied teaching styles and genres A/I/R
Experience of holistic approaches to learning and understanding of how learning music supports personal and social development A/I/R
Experience of rising to a challenge and knowledge of when and how to seek support A/I/R

Knowledge and skills

Excellent oral, interpersonal, planning, organisational and communication skills A/I/E
Up to date knowledge and understanding of current developments/national strategies and initiatives in music education A/I/E
Understanding of the barriers that young people may face to making music A/I/E
Skills in delivering outstanding and innovative lessons adopting flexible approaches to pupil needs A/I/R
Ability to lead CPD for staff and stakeholders A/I/R
Ability to lead a variety of pupil workshops A/I/R
Ability to create a safe learning environment and to build positive relationships with a range of pupils and colleagues A/I/R
Ability to teach another specialism A/I/R
Accompaniment skills A/I/R
Compositional and arrangement expertise A/I/R

Personal attributes

Ability to self-motivate A/I/R
An understanding of the importance of confidentiality A/I/R
Ability to work as a team player A/I/R
Ability to effectively manage workload A/I/R
Ability to work flexibly including out of hours work A/I/R
Follow Calderdale Music’s safeguarding policy at all times and model commitment to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and young people at all times. A/I/R

Person Specification Key:

E – Essential / D – Desirable / I – Identified

A – Application Form / I – Interview / R – Reference