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Head of Music

Job Description: Head of Music

Employer: Emil Dale Academy

Department: Emil Dale Academy

Line Manager: The Principal

Report to: The Principal

Emil Dale Academy is a pioneering musical theatre college. Our courses are at the forefront of performing arts training in the UK, offering high contact hours, industry professional teachers and highly intensive, triple-threat musical theatre training to people from all over the world.

We believe people should have the right to train regardless of their financial background. We prepare students for progression into the industry.

Students are encouraged to grow into intelligent performers with an aim to make a sustainable living in the performing arts. Making choices about their own progression and personal development will prepare them for the future, as well as for forging a career in the industry.


Emil Dale Academy is dedicated to providing world class intensive, triple-threat training to the next generation of leading performers.


Our vision is for accessible, outstanding training, delivered by industry professionals, led by innovation and excellence at the core of everything we do.

Outstanding quality: Working towards industry standard required training across all disciplines of singing, dance and acting.

Innovation: Encouraging students to create challenging work in collaboration with musical directors, directors, choreographers and leading practitioners.

Excellence: Nurturing students to grow into intelligent industry-ready performers who can make a sustainable living in the performing arts.

Job title: Head of Music

Required from September/August 2021

Full time

Duties and Responsibilities

- Oversee all facets of the Music Department and provide strong leadership

- Undertake ensemble teaching and constant review of student development

- Seek out and employ appropriately qualified, experienced staff and working professionals

- Manage staff hired to complete duties within the Music Department (Head of Singing, Music Creative Supervisor, Ensemble Singing Tutors, MD’s for MT Projects).

- Work closely with other Heads of Departments, Deputy’s and Principal to ensure a cohesive delivery of all elements of musical theatre across all courses.

- Ensure qualification-specific curriculum requirements are met in the relevant classes and actively contribute to the development and improvement of class content

- Review the delivery and standards of the Music Department, including staff observations and training, and implementing changes and improvements

- Ensuring assessments are carried out with rigour and integrity

- Participate in auditions

- Represent the department and faculty at key events including productions, projects and ceremonies

- Undertake other responsibilities as required by the Principal and Deputy

- Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to reprioritise objectives in line with the School’s changing needs

- Promote and represent Emil Dale Academy both internally and externally

- To ensure the highest levels of quality, integrity and ethics in all work undertaken within the Music Department.

- To engender a culture of excellence, co-operation and respect both within and beyond the department.


- Highly motivated with dedication to the end goal of delivering exceptional teaching

- Strong organisational skills

- Strategic thinker, able to plan and implement decisions

- Enthusiastic, approachable and flexible

- Ability to identify and progress work priorities

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

- Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to work collaboratively

- Ability to motivate staff members and students


The above accountabilities are not exhaustive and may vary without changing the character of the job or level of responsibility.

The above duties may involve having access to information of a confidential nature that may be covered by the Data Protection Act. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times.

~ Work within the company’s established policies and practices including equal opportunities, safeguarding, artistic and social policies.

~ The post holder must be flexible to ensure that the operational needs of the Company are met. This includes undertaking duties of a similar nature and responsibility as and when required.

~ All Employees are expected to take positive action to promote Equal Opportunities in all aspects of the work of Emil Dale Academy.

~ The Health and Safety at Work Act and other associated legislation places responsibility for the Health and Safety of all employees. Therefore, it is the post holder’s responsibility to take reasonable care for the Health, Safety and Welfare of him/herself and other employees in accordance with legislation and the Company’s Health and Safety Policy.

~ Act as an informed ambassador for the company’s work.

~ To act always in the interests of Emil Dale Academy.

~ To be responsible for the confidential and professional administration of Emil Dale Academy.

Person Specification - Experience

~ Experience in teaching and assessing in further education

~ Working in a performing arts environment

~ Experience in managing educational correspondence relating to quality assurance


~ Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral

~ Experience of working under own initiative and as part of a team to identify and resolve problems

~ Strong attention to detail

~ Excellent organisational capabilities

~ Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to deal appropriately with a wide variety of people in a confident and friendly manner

~ Excellent time management

~ Tactful, diplomatic and assertive in dealing with challenging situations

~ Excellent interpersonal skills

~ A high level of written and spoken English

Qualifications / Training Required

At least a Degree level qualification in associated subject (Desirable)

A detailed knowledge and understanding of technical singing teaching

Several years of professional experience in teaching

Safeguarding, GDPR and Prevent training (Desirable)

Terms and Conditions

~ Competitive salary with generous holiday, starting salary to be agreed.

~ This is a full-time job with some (limited) evening and weekend work. The normal hours of work will be 40 per week including meal breaks working Monday to Friday 8.30am/9am to 5:30pm/6pm (to be agreed). The post-holder will be expected to offer reasonable flexibility in their working arrangements where it is considered necessary to undertake the duties they have been employed to perform, and in the interest of the service

~ No overtime is payable although Time off in Lieu for additional hours will be given if approved in advance with the Line Manager.

~ Holiday – 28 days per annum (including public holidays).

~ There is a 3-month probation period during which time the notice is 2 weeks.

~ After confirmation of appointment after successful probationary period, the employee is required to give 1 full terms written notice, and the company will give 1 full terms written notice.

~ Emil Dale Academy staff handbook outlines the terms on sick pay, maternity leave/pay, paternity leave/pay, grievance/discipline and all other relevant staff matters.

~ Emil Dale Academy operates an auto enrolment pension scheme.

~ Staff are entitled to tickets for shows, subject to particular conditions.

On appointment the successful candidate must be able to provide the correct documents as proof of their right to work in the UK.

Email your CV and a covering letter to

Emil Dale Academy strongly encourage people of colour to apply for our roles. Emil Dale Academy endorses the goals of diversity, inclusion and the principles of equal opportunity for all students and staff. We are committed to equal treatment regardless of race, sex, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, special education needs (‘SEN’), gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, and pregnancy or maternity (‘protected characteristics’).

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