The Hammond

Director of Music

Role: Full-time, permanent

Closing date: 4th January 2023

The Hammond

The Hammond is the North West’s leading provider of performing arts education and the UK’s oldest vocational dance school. Hammond students are encouraged and trained to be curious, independent, resilient young people who develop leadership skills, potential and talent to compete at the highest level. Here at The Hammond, we are passionate about providing the best possible vocational training in dance, drama, acting and music, alongside an enriching academic curriculum. We offer a stimulating and challenging creative environment in which we actively encourage young people to adopt lifelong learning skills that will enable them to flourish and thrive in their chosen discipline. Housed in the historic Hoole Bank House and surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, our campus comprises several performing arts centres with a 420-seat industry-standard theatre and 18 state-of-the-art dance and music studios, including a professional recording suite.

The Hammond School is looking for a dynamic and inspirational Director of Music to lead the vision and strategically oversee the direction of all music curricula, learning and enrichment at The Hammond.

Job Description

  • To lead the vision and strategically oversee the direction of all music curricula, learning, and enrichment at The Hammond
  • To work with music leaders to ensure consistency of provision
  • To create schemes of work, assessments, and other measurements to ensure all students make outstanding progress
  • To network with the local, regional, and international communities to create performance opportunities for students
  • To inspire all students to develop understanding of musicality
  • To lead and develop enhancement opportunities for students of music
  • To teach and be at the cutting edge of pedagogical development
  • To liaise with recruitment and marketing teams to maintain and enhance the attraction of music at The Hammond
  • To support and lead auditions, recruitment events, musical direction of productions and other events

Personal Specification

A good degree in Music or associated study – Essential

QTS – Desirable

Keyboard skills – Essential

Outstanding classroom practice – Essential

Awareness of developments in music curriculum – Desirable

Experience of leading enrichment events – Essential

Experience of organising/leading musical ensemble pieces – Essential

Experience of musical direction – Desirable

Proven track record of leadership and management – Essential

Ability to remain calm and adapt to circumstances – Essential

Resilient and forward-thinking – Essential

Commitment to the wellbeing, safety, and safeguarding of young people – Essential

Commitment to professional development – Essential

Ability to inspire students and colleagues – Essential

The successful candidate will be subject to employment checks, including DBS and reference checks and will be provided with safeguarding training.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

The Hammond is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and expects its entire staff to share this commitment. All staff are trained in child protections and are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS). The Hammond is an equal opportunities employer.