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Area Leader (Music Education)

Closing date: 9am Monday 7 October 2019

Interview date: Thursday 31 October 2019

Salary: £48,010 - £54,997

Job ref. no: 700-19

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world's greatest conservatoires. Our excellence was recognised by the 2019 QS World University Rankings, in which we ranked as the top institution for performing arts in the UK for the fourth consecutive year. The RCM also achieved an overall rating of gold for its outstanding teaching and learning provision for undergraduates in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The RCM is committed to providing outstanding music education opportunities at all levels. In addition to its sector-leading undergraduate and postgraduate music provision, the RCM has a renowned Junior Department, a ground-breaking learning and participation programme, RCM Sparks, and strong links with local music education providers, including the Tri-borough Music Hub.

As Area Leader in Music Education, you will lead the RCM’s Master of Education (MEd) programme, a flexible postgraduate degree designed for professional music educators. You will also make a vital contribution to the development and delivery of music education provision as part of the BMus programme.

You will have a strong profile as a music educator and researcher, with a deep understanding of current issues in music education, particularly in the UK. You will have substantial experience of teaching and assessment in a higher education setting, including designing and leading modules in music education. In addition, you will have demonstrable experience of working with digital technologies to deliver innovative learning experiences.

You will have excellent networking and interpersonal skills, enabling you to develop strong internal collaborations and external partnerships in music education. This will include the development of new initiatives linking RCM Sparks, undergraduate and postgraduate provision, and research areas.  

As an active researcher, you will be producing research outputs of world-leading or internationally-excellent quality, suitable for submission to the forthcoming REF. The successful candidate will join a thriving research community at RCM, with particular strengths in music psychology and health and wellbeing.

The RCM offers a generous allocation of research time, world-class teaching facilities, and a creative and supportive environment for staff development.

This post is offered on a permanent, full-time basis and is available from the current academic term.

To apply:

Please complete our 1) Application form (as this is a research position you should also submit an up to date academic CV) and 2) Equal Opportunities form (available to download from the RCM website) and submit in Word or PDF format by email to recruitment@rcm.ac.uk

Although an academic CV should be submitted CVs without an application form will not be accepted. Please ensure that you include the Job Reference Number when submitting your application.

The RCM is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for all our staff, students and visitors.

Job Description


Application Form

Equal Opportunities Form

Completed forms should be returned by post or email to Karoline Josten, HR Assistant:

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


020 7591 4782

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 Karoline Josten 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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