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Graduate Music Assistant

Job Reference schooltalent/TP/5794/864

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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Fixed Term Contract - Full Time
£19,923.46 per annum
Closing Date:
Operational/Professional Services
Region / Division:
St George's School, Edinburgh
Job Role:
Operational/Professional Services

Package Description

Competitive remuneration and benefits package including:-

  • Reduced school fees and wraparound care at St George’s School
  • Pension Contribution
  • Staff lunches
  • Access to school buses on school bus routes for all staff (small charge payable)  
  • Professional learning and development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Opportunity to benefit from the use of the many school facilities; libraries; sports facilities etc
  • Death in service benefits all staff
  • Opportunity to join our community and contribute to social, music, drama and other events and activities.

The Role

Graduate Music Assistant - Fixed Term 1 Year from August 2024

 This is a one-year fixed-term position, offered on a full-time basis, term time only plus 1 week. The working hours will be 8am-5pm, with one-hour unpaid lunch break. In addition there will be some weekend, after school and one-off events as part of the Music Dept calendar, which includes concerts, trips and masterclasses.

Closing Date - 10th March 2024


St. George’s Edinburgh, is seeking to appoint a recent Music Graduate on a one-year contract. They will be an advanced performer with superb keyboard/accompanying skills and a genuine enthusiasm for working with young musicians in their role of providing advice and coaching at a variety of levels. Our music department is a busy but friendly one, involving frequent rehearsals and concerts as well as a high number of pupils taking exams and diplomas. 

The successful candidate will support pupils in both academic and cocurricular music, accompany performers in concerts, assemblies and for examinations and play a part in the preparation for these. To a certain degree, the role can be tailored to individual skills and future aspirations and the post holder will be encouraged to pursue and develop their strengths and interests


Job Purpose

To support the music department throughout the whole school (3-18) in the delivery of an extensive cocurricular programme, act as an accompanist for our young musicians in concerts, rehearsals, assemblies and in preparing for examinations. 

Accountable To:

Director of Music


Main Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

The following provides an overview of the main duties and responsibilities for the post holder but is not exhaustive and can be subject to change. To a certain degree, the role can be tailored to individual skills and future aspirations and the post holder will be encouraged to pursue and develop their strengths and interests. 
• Rehearsing and Accompanying pupils in preparation for solo platform concerts, exams and assemblies.
• Rehearsing and accompanying pupils for school productions or musicals throughout the school.
• Assisting with choir, orchestra and ensemble rehearsals.
• Teaching theory and aural classes (for the right candidate).
• Assist with theory and individual compositional tasks.
• Supporting with stage management in concerts.
• Assisting the Director of Music and Music Dept co-ordinator with concert organisation.

• Attendance at Music Department meetings.
• Accompanying staff on music trips.
• Assisting with Academic Music lessons when appropriate.
• Assisting with the organisation and publicity for lunchtime concert series and assembly performers.
• To be familiar with and practise school policies, in particular relating to Data Protection, GDPR (or other relevant legislation), Health and Safety, Confidentiality and Child Protection.
• To help to create and promote an image of the school which is in accordance with its aims.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate is likely to:
• Have high personal standards and exhibit total professionalism.
• Enjoy working with young people and be able to establish rapport and respectful and trusting relationships.
• Be an enthusiastic musician who has the initiative, ambition and the energy to contribute to our extensive co-curricular programme.
• Have the ability to offer coaching skills and possess keyboard skills to accompany rehearsals and auditions.
• Be hard working, possess strong organisational skills, demonstrate the ability to build and maintain purposeful and successful relationships and be competent in the use of IT.
• The post offers an opportunity to gain extensive and worthwhile working experience in a successful independent school. The post will be particularly attractive to a graduate thinking of a career in education. The work will be varied, and that variety would, to some extent, be determined by the personality, enthusiasm and skills of the individual appointed.

About the school/organisation

As Edinburgh’s only all-through independent school for girls aged 3-18, St George's is a place of possibilities: where everyone is clearly heard; pupils feel empowered to be themselves; and innovation is constantly encouraged.  

The courage of our founding mothers, who pioneered women’s education in Victorian Scotland, still echoes defiantly through our corridors. That’s why amplifying the voice of every girl remains part of our DNA today as a loyal school community with a unique spirit of pride. 

Over 90% of our girls achieve their first-choice post-school destination: leaving us as robust, empathetic change-makers, ready to take on the world… 

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