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Choir leaders required

Choir leaders required

Choral leaders & support
We are looking to recruit talented and inspiring vocalists to lead and/or support choirs in our Portsmouth primary schools. Placements will commence from October onwards on a freelance basis, with most school placements consisting of one-hour rehearsals on a weekly basis.

About Ark 
Ark is an education charity and one of the country’s top performing academy operators. Our academies are situated in areas of high disadvantage, with over 30% of Ark pupils eligible for free school meals, compared with 16% nationally. We currently work with 36 primary and secondary schools across London, Hastings, Portsmouth and Birmingham. Our vision is to create a group of outstanding schools that radically improve our pupils’ life chances.

The central music team exists within Ark to support music-making across the network. We believe that a high quality, progressive and diverse education in music is the entitlement of every child, regardless of their background. Our mission is to ensure that every pupil in an Ark school is set-up to enjoy a life enriched by music and the many holistic benefits that brings. We want our young people to leave school knowing that they are creative musicians who belong to a vibrant artistic community.

Main purpose of the job
Ark’s thriving music programme currently supports over 10,000 children across the country every week. Across our network, our programme has a key focus on developing a strong singing tradition in all our schools. Our ‘One Voice’ choir programme supports schools in running excellent school choirs, by providing training opportunities for teachers, pieces of shared repertoire, and professional choir leaders to work with students. We currently have opportunities for inspiring choral leaders to work with our schools’ choirs on a weekly basis, running choir rehearsals from September onwards.

The ideal candidate will:
• have a genuine passion for and belief in the potential of every young person
• be an excellent teacher and musician
• be an active musician

Successful applicants will join our portfolio of musician educators who work across our schools. These ‘Artists in Residence’ are freelancers who deliver aspects of the Ark Music Programme, often working on year-long placements, with some occasional additional work available on our network-wide events. By joining our Artist team, you will have access to high-quality training throughout the year and opportunities to network with our diverse roster of musicians.

Our programme seeks to represent and equally value different kinds of music and musician. We are keen to ensure the rich diversity of our art form is represented in our team and in turn, that our team is reflective of the communities we serve. We actively encourage candidates from a variety of backgrounds, particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) applicants. 

Start date: ASAP
Closing date for applications: We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis
Fee: Our artist pay scale starts at £50 for a one hour rehearsal

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, and must have the right to work in the UK.


Key responsibilities
• Lead and develop the school choir, building up student numbers and school support throughout the year
• Lead weekly music rehearsals, and identify performance opportunities
• Establish routines and systems which create a positive learning environment
• Deliver excellent rehearsals which develop pupils’ musicianship in a progressive and purposeful way, with an inclusive practice that allows all musicians to learn
• Source and/or arrange engaging and appropriate repertoire 
• Stay abreast of modern teaching practices
• Attend relevant Ark training days

Person Specification 
Personal qualities
• Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every young person
• Desire to recognise and equally value all types of music and musician
• Personal vision is aligned with Ark’s high aspirations and expectations of self and others
• Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence above norms.
• Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
• Proven desire to work musically within an educational setting
• Ability and willingness to understand and respond to sometimes complex behavioural needs
• Open and responsive attitude towards engaging and collaborating with a variety of leaders, teachers, students and musical genres
• Ability to work flexibly to support pupils’ needs 

• Professional experience as a singer, and with choral singing
• Excellent facilitator with experience working with primary and/or secondary children on music projects, activities, workshops and classes
• Experience of building up ensembles from scratch, working with mixed-level groups and developing them
• Experience of delivering musical activities within a school setting
• Knowledge of a variety of musical genres/styles
• Comprehensive understanding of how the voice works, in particular for different age groups
• A sound understanding of safeguarding procedures, or a willingness to undergo training in this area
• Up to date knowledge of developments and good practice in music education

To apply, please email to receive an application pack.

Contact: Layla Baldo

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Telephone: 02031160871

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