Oboe Teacher

Stockport Grammar School
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Stockport Grammar School [Independent, HMC, co-ed] is looking to make an appointment for the following post from September 2021.

Please send a CV and letter of application to Michael Dow, Director of Music at dowm@stockportgrammar.co.uk by Monday 18th April. Applicants should set out how they are able to meet the requirements below in their letter of application.

Background Information

Stockport Grammar School has an outstanding musical tradition and is recognised as one of the finest schools for Music in the Northwest. Full details can be found on the school website at www.stockportgrammar.co.uk.

There is a particularly strong tradition of oboe playing with numerous current and former pupils having gained regional and national recognition in Stockport Youth Orchestra, Halle Youth Orchestra, National Children’s Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

We also have an exciting beginner instrumental scheme for First Year pupils (Year 7), whereby all pupils are given the opportunity to learn several orchestral instruments. These include flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, cello, double bass and the full range of brass instruments.

The aim is to encourage the uptake of instrumental playing on all instruments, including slightly more niche instruments such as the oboe where pro-active recruitment strategies are particularly beneficial.

Instrumental teachers at Stockport Grammar School are self-employed and invoice parents directly for weekly half-hour lessons. Teachers that work additionally on the First Year instrumental scheme do so on a fixed employed basis for agreed days within the school year.

Job Description

The successful applicant will teach mainly Senior School pupils (age 11-18) but may also teach pupils in the Junior School (up to age 11). We would ideally like the successful applicant to undertake both of the following. Applicants should make clear if there are able to offer both. However, those that are not able to offer the second of these should not be deterred from applying.

Individual oboe tuition to boys and girls of all ages and levels (currently 6 pupils).

Introductory oboe lessons to 1st-year pupils in groups of up to 7 within 1st-year class Music lessons between September and October half-term. There are typically 7 or 8 one-hour 1st-year classes each week, timetabled at fixed times on Wednesdays and Fridays. It is possible to schedule individual pupils around the fixed class lesson times.

Essential Qualities:

  • Ability to teach boys and girls of Senior and Junior age groups.
  • Ability to teach pupils of varying levels and abilities from Beginner level to Grade 8 and beyond.
  • Ability and ideally experience in preparing pupils for grade exams such as ABRSM.
  • Ability to vary the teaching style and approach to suit different pupils.
  • Willingness to go the extra mile for pupils.
  • Ability to relate well to pupils, staff and parents.
  • Ability to encourage, motivate and inspire pupils.
  • Willingness to be flexible in dealing with the complex nature of day-to-day life in a busy school.
  • Flexibility of working hours.

Desirable Qualities:

  • Ability and availability to teach small groups of 1st-year pupils as part of the instrumental scheme outlined above.
  • Ability to accompany pupils on the piano.
  • Ability to contribute to the wider life of the Music Department, e.g. in directing ensembles, coaching chamber groups, theory tuition and so on.

More at https://www.stockportgrammar.co.uk/school-information/jobs/vacancies/oboe-teacher/.