Music Instructor

Music Instructor

  • Teacher
  • Mill Bay


Position Title:                           Music Instructor (Part Time – .18 FTE)

Department:                            Arts

Immediate Supervisor:             Head of Music

Nature and Scope

The Music Instructor spreads their love of music to a new generation, and fosters a joy and enthusiasm for music-making.  You play a key role in developing within each student an appreciation of the art of music, placing music in historical and cultural context, and practical skills. The Instructor teaches techniques of vocal and/or instrumental music expression; discovers and develops students’ musical talents; develops their knowledge and skills in listening to, reading, singing, and playing music, as well as fundamental principles of music and musicianship skills.  This role teaches a wind ensemble and a strings ensemble on art afternoons. 

Major Responsibilities

•         Encourage an appreciation of the global diversity of music:  introduce students to a variety of music with a wide ranging repertoire from classical through pop to jazz;

•         Recognize students’ musical talent;  encourage them to broaden their skills by joining a school band or choir;

•         Develop knowledge of materials and repertoire for students at different stages of their musical development.  Present progressively challenging material as the student musicians develop though the year;

•         Incorporate direct instruction, discussion, projects and cooperative work to engage students, keep classes focused and infuse a lasting desire to learn.  Plan a balanced music program, and organize daily class time so that preparation, rehearsal and instruction can be accomplished within the allotted time;

•         Teach individual and/or group lessons lasting from 15 minutes to an hour or longer, usually incorporating elements of general musicianship, music appreciation, ear training, sight reading, theory and harmony, as well as instrumental technique and interpretation, instrumental music (band, orchestra, instrumental ensemble) and/or choral music (chorus, choir, choral ensemble);

•         Develop instrumental ensemble work and performance.  Lead and prepare instrumental ensembles and choirs for performance.  Encourage excellence in all aspects of performance;

•         Co-ordinate musical support for festivals and plays;  prepare students for examinations, auditions, and provincial and national festivals;

•         Select and rehearse numbers for traditional performances:  Thanksgiving Celebration, Remembrance Day Service, Concerts for a Winter’s and Summer’s Eves and Assembly;

•         Support students in their use of music technology, keep up-to-date with software tools and making use of recording and other technology;

•         Establish and maintain standards of pupil behavior to provide an orderly, productive environment during practice, group rehearsals, and music performances

•         Control use and storage of school-owned property; make minor adjustments / request repairs as required;

•         Participate in beginning-of-year assessment of new students, assess student progress on an ongoing basis, and write reports three times a year at end of terms.  Maintain marks and grading records. 

•         Administer attendance for every class.  Follow the school’s policies and procedures for student conduct and discipline;

•         Participate occasionally in extracurricular activities or work after hours to assist students who need extra help.  At times, deal with children who have behavioral challenges, developmental or learning disabilities.

•         Communicate effectively with students, parents, and colleagues;

•         Participate in Arts meetings.  Develop networks / establish collaborations with others in music education;

•         Plan and develop professional self-development by gaining further teaching or performance qualifications, e.g. learning a new instrument, becoming familiar with other musical styles and developing improvisational or vocal skills, and continuing own performance activity.

Knowledge and Skills


•         As a minimum, must possess a Bachelor’s degree in music education as well as proficiency in at least one instrument;

•         Additional courses/certifications in the field of music, music education and music technology are an asset;

•         BC teaching certification or Letter or Permission to:  (a)  instruct student ensembles in Brentwood’s Arts afternoon programme and  (b) individual tutoring in voice and piano.


•         Significant experience as a music instructor (institutional, community–based or private), and ideally, class music teaching in a high school environment;

•         Musical instrument proficiency, strong background in music theory, musicianship and basic piano skills; 

•         Effective classroom management skills.  Able to manage diversity.  Good knowledge of how to assess and grade students’ progress, which requires patience, dedication and a positive attitude, in addition to knowing effective strategies for integrating students into the classroom;

•         Well-developed ability to work well, quickly establish a rapport with, and relate to teenaged students;

•         Enthusiasm for music and teaching.  Strong ability to convey enthusiasm and excitement for music to students to help instill them with a desire to learn and exceed their own expectations;

•         Ability to work in a team.  Capable of coordinating Department resources to achieve maximum efficiency;

•         Willing and capable to give private music lessons;

•         Possess a highly motivated, flexible and determined outlook, with an assertive, positive and helpful approach;

•         Maintain a flexible approach to working hours;

•         Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils;

•         Actively pursue own musical development and participate in musical ensembles to help keep own musical skills fresh and sharp.

Working Conditions

•         Criminal Record Check clearance is a condition of initial and ongoing employment;

•         Frequent physical activity including walking, standing, lifting, sitting, directing ensembles and choirs;

•         The work environment and the responsibilities of this position call for a high degree of self-discipline in setting and executing work priorities. Consistent with the professional nature of the work, there is an expectation to work in excess/outside of a typical work schedule;

•         Fast-paced learning and school community environment that operates 7 days a week; 

•         2 hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons plus occasional evening and weekend work.


Qualified applicants should forward their applications, including cover letter and résumé,

to the attention of Human Resources, no later than at noon on Friday March 12, 2021.

Fax (250) 743-8446 | [email protected]

2735 Mt. Baker Road, Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P1

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