Teacher of Classical Saxophone (Maternity Cover)

Closing Date: 6 May 2024
Telephone: 01923 331 100
Email: recruitment@purcell-school.org
Salary: £43.99 PH
Employment Term: Part TimeTemporary

We are seeking a dynamic Classical Saxophone teacher who is passionate about contributing their skills, experience and energy. You will join the School’s Wind, Brass and Percussion department, teaching first and second study students – all of whom are likely to progress to top conservatoires and universities in the UK and abroad.

You should have the ability to develop and maintain warm, respectful and valued rapport with young people, whilst understanding the professional boundaries that must exist between staff and students. You should provide a positive role model, demonstrating self-motivation and mature interpersonal skills. You will be an accomplished performer and have experience of working with musically gifted young people in an academic or musical environment. The role will involve teaching one-to-one as well as chamber music. 

You will play an active role in promoting the school in support of a strategy to recruit students. You will have effective communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to deal with students, parents and staff across the whole school. You will be expected to maintain high personal and professional standards, including recognition of the confidentiality issues impacting upon work in a school. You must be able to demonstrate an awareness of safeguarding and child protection legislation and issues, and will be expected to uphold a full commitment to the best safeguarding practice.



This is a part time, fixed term contract (1.5 terms) from September 2024. To work one day per week (approximately 4-5 hours per day). 

The hourly rate is £43.99.

Children of staff are not eligible to be educated at the School except through the normal admissions and audition process.

All posts are subject to regular appraisal.

Lunch can be taken free of charge at School during term time.

The Purcell School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

JOB TITLE: Teacher of Classical Saxophone 

All members of staff are ultimately answerable to the Principal.
Your line manager will be the Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion.
All instrumental teaching staff report to the Director of Music.

This job specification sets out the principal duties of the post at the time of drafting. Specific responsibilities are as follows:

Responsibilities include:

  • Through your own experience and teaching, give students insight into the skills necessary to maintain a career as a successful musician.
  • Develop knowledge of materials and repertoire for students at different stages of their musical development.
  • Plan individual lessons and appropriate repertoire for the students you teach.
  • Progress your own professional development by gaining further teaching or performance qualifications and continuing your own performance activity.
  • Liaise with the School Timetabler, in advance, to agree teaching dates and availability.
  • Teach individual and/or group lessons, incorporating elements of general musicianship, such as ear training and theory, as well as instrumental technique and interpretation.
  • Prepare students for performances, examinations, auditions and festivals.
  • Coordinate with the Head of Department.
  • Keep a regular and accurate register of students’ attendance and absence. This register is to be submitted to the Head of Department each term.
  • Support performance opportunities for your students by engaging with the various auditions, concerts, recitals, competitions and events in School.
  • Communicate with parents and students via the school’s report system and communicate with all Purcell School colleagues via The Purcell School email addresses.
  • Develop relationships with schools, local authority music services and others, and promote and recommend gifted and talented students to The Purcell School.


Experience and Knowledge:
At least five years’ experience as a professional classical saxophonist at a high level with wide experience of teaching your instrument at minimum junior conservatoire level or equivalent
Exemplary knowledge and understanding of the concepts and skills essential for successful students


Ability and Skills:
The ability to use an imaginative range of strategies to engage and motivate gifted young musicians
The ability to engage with students and develop positive and meaningful relationships
The ability to establish a safe and purposeful working atmosphere in which students feel secure and confident in lessons
Excellent communication, planning and organisation
The ability to take initiative and solve problems


Personal Attributes:
An ability to inspire students of all levels and abilities
Enthusiasm, energy, imagination and a sense of humour
Willingness to play a full part in the life of the School
Commitment to student success
Personal warmth and the ability to connect with students in a meaningful way
An ability to work as a positive member of a team