Monday, 2 February 2015

Vacancy: Music Programme Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher

We are excited to invite applications for an opening in the position of Music Programme Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher. Based in Hamburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa, the Music Programme Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher will aid the Music Programme Manager in advancing the music education and development of students at our Music Academy, a flourishing music outreach programme and integral part of the The Keiskamma Trust. 

The Keiskamma Music Academy

The Academy was founded in 2006 by Helen Vosloo, one of South Africa’s leading classical musicians. In 2013, one hundred and three children and adolescents are students at the Music Academy and its expansion project to neighbouring villages. Primary solo tuition is on recorder; all students learn the basis of classical and indigenous music through their recorder studies, in addition to theory classes and ensemble work with indigenous African instruments. Highly motivated senior students take up an orchestral instrument as well. Over fifteen students now study a range of orchestral instruments including cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, oboe, piano, trombone, trumpet, and violin among others. 

The unique sound of the Music Academy Ensemble incorporates recorders, orchestral instruments, and indigenous instruments including marimba, uhadi bow, and drums. In 2011, our Ensemble toured to Cape Town and Stellenbosch where twelve advanced students performed as soloists with Camerata Tinta Barocca. This was followed by a Christmas tour of the Garden Route with performances at exclusive resorts and game parks. In 2012, our Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning production at the National Arts Festival was followed with a series of performances for the French Season in South Africa 2012. In 2013, four students had the opportunity to perform in Hamburg, Germany to celebrate the exhibition of The Keiskamma Altar work at Christuskirche Wandsbeck. Following that was a presentation of Keiskamma Carnival in the Arena Programme of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. The Keiskamma Music Academy is currently preparing for their new production, 'Indalo' (Nature), to showcase at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July 2015.

Music Programme Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher.

The incoming Music Programme Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher will be hired on a one-year renewable contract with a preliminary probation period of six months. Applications are welcome from South Africa and internationally. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in recorder performance and teaching, but all applications with music education qualifications will be considered. We look forward to welcoming a new Music Programme Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher at an exciting time of program expansion and broadening horizons specifically for community-wide sustainability and youth development work. The ideal candidate will continue the rigour and excellence of the existing programme while bringing in their own new ideas and unique strengths. 

Desired Qualifications


Skills Required

- Bachelors in music performance or related field

- Excellent oral and written communication skills

- A strong record of teaching and dedication to teaching excellence

- Experience in an administrative role

- Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently

- Good time-management, detail-oriented, and self-motivated

- Comfortable working in a small collaborative team environment

- Takes pleasure in enabling and supporting others to be effective in their work

- Ability to handle a diverse workload and multitask as needed

- Experience in music performance, music education, or music technology desired

Remuneration: R120 000 per annum based on qualifications and experience. 

Starting date: 15 April 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Education: Assist the Music Programme Manager in the music education of over one hundred and three students, including recorder lessons, orchestral lessons, music theory, aural skills, and basic musicianship; facilitate and deliver solo and ensemble music tuition, primarily on the recorder; supervise the selection of appropriate solo and ensemble repertoire, following the UNISA syllabus for solo repertoire in preparation for exams; assist in the coordination of new ensemble music arrangements from internal or external composers; assist in the supervision of preparation and entry for practical and theory exams and competitions; plan and deliver music workshops for the full student enrollment; facilitate education on indigenous instruments, including but not limited to marimbas and traditional Xhosa instruments; assist in the supervision and training of student teachers; encourage a music pedagogy that strives for excellence and uplift; cultivate a positive learning atmosphere. 

2. Performance Management: Prepare students for performances; plan concert programmes; assist with the preparation of concert publications, including promotional materials and posters; assist with concert organization and marketing; assist in the development of repertoire for major productions, such as the National Arts Festival, tour programs, or recording projects. 

3. Operational and Administrative Responsibilities: Supervise the maintenance of all Music Academy property, including instruments, music library, and buildings; assist with publicity, including blog writing, newsletters, YouTube, Facebook, and interviews; assist with administrative reporting. 

Applicants are welcomed to apply via UK Music Jobs for an information package including a detailed job description and background on our Music Academy. 

All applicants are requested to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae which outline the applicant’s experience as relevant to the job description, as well as email and phone contact details for two references who can speak to the applicant’s experience in music education.

Please email for applications or for any extra information.