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Various Locations In Orkney, KW15 1NY
£31,848 - £41,544 per year pro rata
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35 hours per week

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Instrumental Music Instructor (Woodwind)

35 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

We are looking to appoint an inspirational instructor of woodwind instruments to join our small yet high-achieving Instrumental Music Service. Following the retirement of the current post holder, this is a rare opportunity for the right candidate to contribute to, and participate in, the rich musical life in Orkney.

Orkney Islands Council Instrumental Music Service delivers tuition in 14 primary schools, 3 junior high schools (P1-S4) and 2 secondary schools (S1-S6) across the Orkney mainland and islands. Tuition in brass, woodwind and bowed strings is offered by a team of eight instructors - five strings, one brass, and one part-time woodwind instructor - plus this full-time woodwind post.

Although Instrumental Music Tuition is now free nationwide, Orkney is one of the few Scottish local authorities that never charged for instrumental tuition or instrument hire. We have a good selection of regularly maintained instruments, ranging from student to professional models.

Over 600 pupils, age P4-S6, take lessons. This is around 25% uptake of our P4-S6 school roll, meaning Orkney is frequently the local authority with the highest percentage of uptake in the annual Improvement Service report on instrumental music tuition.

Woodwind is offered via recorder from Primary 4 and pupils progress to flute, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone. We have several oboe instruments but no pupils learning this instrument at present. Promoting double reed instruments is something we would like to develop in order to support our bands, orchestras and community ensembles. The ideal candidate for this position will be a talented multi-instrumentalist who can confidently perform on several instruments. Applicants will hold a degree in music or relevant diploma such as LTCL or LRAM and will be able to teach all members of the standard woodwind family, plus recorder and saxophone.

The successful candidate will be required to engage and inspire young players starting out on their woodwind journey in Primary 4. At secondary school you will prepare pupils for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher, and auditions for university/conservatoire and ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. A number of students work towards ABRSM and Trinity Grades 1-8 and diplomas.

This post is subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme in respect of regulated work with children.

Applicants must be able to travel efficiently and effectively between various work locations within Orkney to meet the operational requirements of the Service.

Salary is in accordance with the Music Instructor Scale of the SNCT Salary Tables, plus a Distant Islands Allowance.

Interested candidates are invited to discuss the post by contacting Lynn Procter, Principal Teacher, Expressive Arts, by email:

Closing Date: Sunday 16 October 2022

Please note that interview and relocation expenses will be paid for this post, in accordance with Council policy.