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Head of Chamber Music

Closing date: 12pm Monday 12 March 2018

Interview date: Saturday 17 March 2018

Salary: £35.01 per hour

Job ref no: 106-18

Two hours-per-week responsibility allowance + teaching hours. Saturdays during term-time only. This post is available from September 2018.

The Royal College of Music Junior Department (RCMJD) is a specialist term-time only Saturday school offering advanced training to musicians between the ages of 8 and 18. Students combine studying at RCMJD with their general education at their chosen week-day school. Students come together at the RCM London each Saturday for a tailor-made programme of individual instrument/voice/composition lessons, chamber music, orchestral and choral training, and general musicianship. Our staff are professional performers/composers as well as teachers and offer the highest standards of tuition and coaching. Most RCMJD students continue their musical studies at the RCM or other major conservatoires/universities.

The RCMJD is seeking to engage a Head of Chamber Music to support the Head of Junior Programmes in promoting excellence in the teaching of chamber music throughout the RCMJD. The successful candidate will coach a number of advanced chamber groups and play a leading role in the management of the highly regarded RCMJD chamber music programme. 

We are looking for candidates with the following attributes:

  • You should be a widely recognised and highly respected practitioner, either as a performer or teacher.
  • You will be teaching, to an exceptionally high level of technical and musical proficiency, gifted and talented students aged between 8 and 18, so relevant teaching/coaching experience at this level is required.
  • You should understand the particular demands of the music profession whilst striving to help each student reach the fullness of their potential.
  • You should have experience of managing staff or have played a leading role in musical projects in an educational context

We expect to be able to offer a minimum of 6 hours teaching/coaching per week, for approximately 30 weeks per year. Up to 8 hours of teaching/coaching per week may be available, depending on scheduling and timetable considerations for next academic year. An additional responsibility allowance of two hours per teaching week is allocated to this role.

The successful applicant will need to make a regular commitment to the RCMJD on Saturdays during term-time.

To apply:

Please send your 1) Cover Letter and 2) CV along with our 3) Equal Opportunities form (available to download further down this page) and submit in Word or PDF format before the closing deadline for the post. 

In your Cover Letter, please outline how you meet the criteria set out in the Job Description and Person Specification for the role. Please also confirm that you are eligible to work in the UK and hold an appropriate work permit where relevant, as without this information we are unable to process your application. 

Please ensure that you include the Job Reference Number when submitting your application.

For full details of this position please read the Job Description, including the Person Specification, and Further Particulars documents:

Job Description

Further Particulars


Equal Opportunities Form

Completed forms should be returned by post or email to Isabella Enstrom, HR Assistant:

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS


020 7591 4784

If you are applying by email, please state clearly in the subject line the title of the post for which you are applying.

The Royal College of Music is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

If you need to receive this documentation in a different format due to a disability, please contact Isabella Enstrom to discuss your requirements.

All applicants must be permitted to work in the UK and hold a relevant work permit where necessary.


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