Role:                                            Musician in Residence

Working Pattern:                    Monday to Thursday 11.00am to 4.30pm*

Contract Term:                        Fixed term until August 2023 in the first instance

Salary:                                         National Living Wage

Application Deadline:            1.11.2022

Musician in Residence

Katherine Warington School is looking to appoint a musician in residence to support the growth and development of music within the school Arts Centre as well as taking a lead role on the school ensemble provision.


Katherine Warington School is the first school to be built in Harpenden in the last 50 years, offering education in state-of-the-art facilities. We have two dedicated teaching rooms, six practice rooms, a mac suite, recording studio and a combined recital hall / performance space.

The last 12 months has seen a significant investment in the Arts facilities and we are looking for someone to work with us to help develop the music offer at the school. This exciting opportunity is ideal for an individual looking to pursue a career in either arts management or music education

*Flexible working is part of this role, there may be an opportunity to supplement your income through peripatetic teaching on your chosen instrument

Person Specification

The post is particularly suited to someone who is an enthusiastic musician and a graduate seeking to gain valuable school-based experience in a supportive faculty.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • A Bachelors or Masters degree in Music
  • The ability to perform to a high standard
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to help deliver high quality music or activities;
  • An ability to work with a range of age groups;
  • Ability to support students in their learning;
  • Good planning and organisational skills;
  • Conscientious, reliable and enthusiastic;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Experience of coaching music/activities to children;
  • Flexible attitude to work, willingness to work unsociable hours including evenings and weekend work.
  • An ability to think on their feet and organise and lead a range of suitable activities;
  • Displays commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people.

Job Specification

The Musician in Residence will assist the Director of Performing Arts in the smooth running of the Music Department. 

The job description is to be flexible in order to make best use of the skills and talent of applicants. There are both opportunities to contribute to the existing good work of the department, or to explore new directions in consultation with the Director of Performing Arts. 

The Musician in Residence will be expected to:

  • contribute to the development of music, in particular musical ensembles within the school 
  • demonstrate a genuine interest in Music Education at all levels;
  • to act as classroom instructor as and when required by the Director of Music, or a member of the
  • SLT;
  • to act as classroom assistant in Key Stage 3 and 4 lessons as instructed by the Director of Music, or a member of the SLT;
  • assist with teaching in classes at the direction of the Director of Music;
  • help to run the extracurricular programme of musical activities, e.g. by organising music, or
  • contributing to rehearsals as a performer or conductor;
  • Update the faculty social media channels
  • help with the administration and planning for concerts and exams;
  • take part in concerts and liaison activities with other schools;
  • help with general administrative tasks within the music department as instructed by the Director of
  • Performing Arts
  • offer help, support and encouragement to students considering higher education courses and careers
  • in music;
  • be flexible and willing to contribute to musical activities both in the evening and at weekends;
  • any other tasks that may from time-to-time be reasonably required.

For further information, an application form or a discussion about this role, please contact Mr Bullock Director of Performing Arts via email by clicking here