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Percussion Tutor

  • Reference:orbis/TP/817/7012
  • Positions:1
  • Salary:Variable hourly rate
  • Category:Learning and Development
  • Contract type:Permanent
  • Working hours:7.5 per week
  • Posted on:29 January 2020
  • Closing date:18 March 2020
  • Directorate:Children, Families & Learning
  • Location:Surreywide

About the role

Surrey Arts is seeking to appoint a motivated and committed percussion teacher to join their thriving team of music tutors. You will work teaching individuals in schools across the county, including after school hours and possible Saturdays.

We are looking for a candidate who:

  • Holds a recognised music diploma, degree, or other recognised qualification
  • Possesses specialist knowledge of the percussion and drum kit and is able to perform to a high standard
  • Has knowledge or willingness to teach Drumline
  • Has excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Is aware of current initiatives in the UK music education system
  • Willing to travel Surrey wide
  • Is available to teach on Saturday, Thursday evenings and Tuesdays with the potential to increase hours
  • You must be able to drive and have your own vehicle

As well as the above you will need to be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of, and the ability to teach, a variety of percussion instruments, especially orchestral percussion (including tuned instruments, timpani etc.). We have a large number of area and county ensembles, many of which have percussion sections, as well as junior and senior percussion ensembles, so you will have to be comfortable teaching young people to work in a variety of genres (e.g. symphonic percussion, Drumline, jazz etc.) and to develop their sense of teamwork. Experience in teaching or performing Drumline would be advantageous.

You will need to show that you have a clear understanding of the organisational and logistical aspects of percussion in the context of events and performances, and you will also need to be confident presenting to large groups of people (of primary and secondary school age), as a part of this role will be to encourage young people to learn orchestral percussion instruments. We may ask you to do demonstrations, hands-on events and workshops; you will then need to be available to teach the sessions that you create.

In the first place, we expect you to be available for 7.5 hours per week, but once you have filled these hours with teaching, there will be scope to develop and expand your practice so that you are able to have variety in your week. This could mean everything from beginner to advanced, primary school to Sixth Form College, and individual pupils to large groups and workshops.

Whilst some travel will be necessary; we will work with you so that you have a fantastic opportunity to create a teaching timetable in a targeted area of the county.

Whilst knowledge of the drum kit will be helpful. Unfortunately, this role will not suit you if your knowledge and experience are large with the drum kit.

If you would like to help inspire Surrey's musicians of the future, then this could be the opportunity for you, and we would welcome your interest and application.

Additional information

Contact details

If you require any further information please contact Surrey Arts by e-mail at

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

Interview dates on Saturday, 28 March 2020.

The rate of pay ranges from £24.41 to £34.11 per hour dependent on type of teaching group.

Surrey Arts teachers are eligible to join the Surrey County Council pension scheme and have the option to take advantage of the car lease scheme, subject to certain criteria. A competitive package including benefits such as sick pay, administrative support including timetabling, school and parent communications, CPD and training.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.

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  • Updated: 14 Aug 2020