If you are a music teacher or workshop leader, or are looking for work in this area, you will find lots of useful information in this section.
- Websites advertising music education vacancies
- Working as a visiting music teacher in schools
- Music Education Hubs (Music Service teaching opportunities)
- Music and performing arts centres
- One-to-one teaching (private teaching)
- Trainee animateur / music leader schemes
- Working with groups
- Obtaining a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- Continuing professional development and training
- Online and printed resources
A useful source of job vacancies in music including vocal / instrumental teaching jobs.
Music Mark -The UK Association for Music Education
The website and twitter feed include vacancies with music services.
From Arts Council England.
Rhinegold Jobs is a good place to look for vacancies for visiting instrumental and vocal music teachers in schools as well as for year-long Graduate Music Assistant posts within schools in the independent (private) sector.
You may also wish to make contact with schools local to you, to find out if they are looking for instrumental or vocal teachers. You can search for schools using a search function available on the GOV.UK website or on the Schoolsnet website. Look at a school's website (or telephone the school office) to find out the name and email address of the Head of Music so that you can contact them directly to enquire about possible teaching opportunities.
Since September 2012, music education is being delivered by local Music Education Hubs. Hubs are tasked to give all children the opportunity to learn an instrument, make music with others, learn to sing, and progress.
For more information about Music Education Hubs and about the background to the provision of whole class instrumental/vocal teaching in schools (also known as wider opportunities), please visit our page on Music Education Hubs.
The Music Mark website and twitter feed include vacancies with music services.
If you are finding it hard to get jobs with a music service due to lack of experience (particularly if you lack experience in whole class instrumental/vocal teaching), you could always try contacting the music service that is leading the music education hub in your area and ask if you can observe experienced teachers working with individuals or groups. You can then include this work shadowing experience on a CV or application form when applying for jobs.
The Conservatoire is Blackheath's local independent arts centre offering a range of music classes to adults and children. Job vacancies are advertised on the website, or apply speculatively (i.e. send a CV and covering letter asking to be considered for suitable vacancies when they arise).
The Music House for Children
The Music House for Children employs teachers to work in a range of settings. Private one-to-one instrumental teaching in London homes, group tuition in schools and at their music school, music workshops and shows are all part of freelance work a music teacher may get involved with.
Academy Performing Arts - Royal Arsenal London
Academy Performing Arts is based within the Royal Arsenal Riverside Development in Woolwich and provides an extensive performing arts programme for students of all ages and abilities.
A to G Music School
This music school in Sutton offers one-to-one lessons for a variety of musical instruments and vocal teaching.
Advertising for Pupils/Teaching Opportunities
Safeguard yourself online
- Please ensure that you have read the relevant terms and conditions before adding a listing to a website. Please be aware that you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information on sites where it becomes public information.
- Please note that it is your responsibility for investigating the veracity of any contacts you make through placing an advert on the internet.
- Be alert for scams. For information about online safety see Get Safe Online.
- The Tutor Pages has advice on staying safe online when advertising your tutoring services on the internet, including how to avoid identity theft and how to spot fraudulent email enquiries.
- If you arrange to meet someone who has made contact with you in response to a job advertisement that you have posted, please be aware of your personal safety: arrange to meet in a public place and make sure somebody knows where you are.
- If you are offering private tuition it is definitely worth looking at the advice on the The Tutor Pages relating to personal safety when meeting potential students, parents or carers face-to-face for the first time.
Websites to Advertise Teaching Services
There are a number of websites where you can advertise for pupils, including:
The Tutor Pages
The Tutor Pages accepts advertising from private tutors for a subscription fee. However, if you only wish to reply to Tutors Wanted requests, then create a free basic account.
Free listing for instrumental and vocal tutors in a searchable database.
Association of Blind Piano Tuners-UK Piano Page
Free listing for piano teachers in a searchable database.
The site has a free service allowing musicians to register as a teacher or accompanist. Details are included in a searchable database covering the UK.
This musician finder website provides free listings for teachers, musicians and bands. (Registered bands can list future gigs). If you want to advertise for private pupils, you can register online and create a teacher listing for free.
My Tutor Web
An online marketplace that connects tutors with parents and students for tutoring in all subjects at 13+, GCSE, A-level, IB. Tutors provide one-to-one tuition through the My Tutor Web online classroom.
The Tutor Hunt network helps both tutors and students locate each other. It's free to create a tutor profile and Tutor Hunt allows tutors to set their own rates and do not take commission from them.
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
Full, graduate and student members of the ISM can have a free listing on the ISM Music Directory, which is used by members of the public looking to hire musicians including music teachers, performers and composers.
European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA)
EPTA UK is the Association for professional pianists and piano teachers in the UK. EPTA UK offers a student membership category for students in full-time music education. This is at a concessionary rate of £10 per annum and, among other benefits, entitles the student to public liability insurance cover whilst teaching. Full professional members (i.e. not student members) who meet the eligibility criteria will be included in the EPTA UK Register of Professional Piano Teachers.
Signing up with an agency
There are a number of agencies that take on music teachers to provide home music tuition, some of which are listed below:
- Solo Tuition - apply by sending an email and your CV to [email protected]
- Music Maps
- Arts Academy
- Musico South
- Fireworks Music School
- Teach Tutti
Spitalfields Music Trainee Music Leaders Scheme
A trainee scheme for musicians and music leaders interested in gaining hands-on leadership experience working within education and community settings.
Wigmore Hall Trainee Animateur Scheme
A bursary scheme that aims to provide a structured apprenticeship for a performer or composer wanting to develop their education and workshop skills within the Community and Education Department at Wigmore Hall. For details of the next scheme, check Wigmore Hall's website.
Artis Specialists work in schools delivering workshops that combine music, drama, and movement. See the website for details of when they are next recruiting.
Other Useful Information
DBS Checks (previously know as a CRB check)
Advice on obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DSB) check if you are interested in working with children and wish to gain employment or work experience doing so.
A guide to continuing professional development and training for instrumental and vocal teachers and music leaders.
Signposting to websites and publications that offer practical advice and useful resources for music teachers and leaders.