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Graduate Teacher Programme 2019

Berkshire Maestros, lead organisation for the Berkshire Music Education Hub, seeks to appoint for September 2019, a number of highly qualified instrumental/voice music graduates to join our vibrant teaching team. In 2019, we are especially seeking talented young professionals for teaching upper and lower strings, guitar, woodwind, lower brass, percussion and Early Years.

What is Berkshire Maestros?

We are a charitable trust providing a wide range of musical services to children and young people across Berkshire. We teach over 6,000 children in schools, bands, orchestras and choirs across the whole county. Singing and instrumental lessons generally take place in schools during the school day and our dedicated music centres based in Bracknell, Newbury, Windsor, Reading and Wokingham provide our budding young musicians with the opportunity to perform together in ensembles and additional musical activities after school and on weekends.

Find out more about Berkshire Maestros and Berkshire Music Hub.

The role and what’s in it for you?

Teachers joining us as part of the Graduate Teacher Programme will work within their curricular department under the guidance of the Graduate Programme Leader, their Curricular Head and a team of supportive colleagues in area music centres.

Following the graduate pathway will mean that you learn and train whilst you work; teaching alongside some of the finest music educators in the country and earning a competitive graduate salary in the region of c.£18,000 per annum. Upon successful completion of your probationary period you may be offered a permanent post with Maestros, with automatic pay progression of a minimum of £1,000 each year the first three years of employment. Subsequently you will be eligible for performance related pay in line with Maestros pay policy. You will also receive a car allowance, travel expenses and pension contributions.

Following the Graduate Teacher Programme means that you will also have access to further training and career development at Maestros including:
  • Opportunities to specialise in areas of interest (e.g. conducting, Early Years music and SEN/D)
  • MA in Music Education Pathway with Reading University (inc. PGCert with specialist instrumental/vocal option)
  • Berkshire Maestros ‘Emerging Leaders’ Programme

Teaching responsibilities may include:

  • delivering a teaching timetable of about 18 - 24 hours per week (gradually increasing to full time 32.5 hours*)
  • large and small group teaching
  • individual teaching
  • whole-class First Access instrumental projects for Key Stage 2 students – In2Music.
  • the opportunity to assist and direct ensembles
  • chamber music coaching
  • leading sectionals to for the senior and county level ensembles
  • coaching within the Academy programme which provides enhanced musical activities for the most gifted and talented young musicians across Berkshire.

*Part-time positions may be possible for the right candidate.

Training Programme will include:

  • a comprehensive induction programme with the Graduate Programme Leader and other colleagues
  • instruction in teaching pedagogy: whole class teaching, small group and individual teaching
  • team teaching with experienced colleagues and peer observation
  • developing skills in ensemble direction and conducting (where appropriate)
  • half termly formal assessments/observations
  • Regular coaching sessions to support your development as a teacher and as a musician
  • participation in whole service CPD
  • the developing knowledge and understanding of Music Hubs and current school music school initiatives

Successful candidates will:

  • be outstanding musicians possessing high level performing skills on their main instrument
  • be prepared to develop skills on a range of instruments within their department
  • have excellent knowledge of music from a range of styles and genres, including a good knowledge of varied  repertoire for their instrument
  • possess a determination to create new young musicians across the county; demonstrating the ability to inspire the next generation through live performances, workshops and taster sessions
  • have a willingness to learn
  • be an independent thinker
  • be creative and flexible; demonstrating the ability to use personal initiative and develop new creative ideas for music making within schools, music centres and county groups

Graduate Teachers will be expected to:

  • take on existing students at different ability levels and raise attainment
  • be expected to participate fully in the wider life of your instrumental department and whole organisation including tours, courses, events etc.  (e.g. evenings, weekends including Sundays and school holidays)
  • have own car and valid driving licence

To find out more about what life is like as a Graduate Teacher with Berkshire Maestros, have a look at what some of our previous graduate teachers have said about their experience:

Like what you see? Want to develop your teaching career within one of the most forward thinking and successful music hubs in the country? Click here to find out how to apply and get your application submitted by Monday 29 April 2019.

For further enquiries about the Berkshire Maestros' Graduate Teacher Programme process please email Caroline, the Graduate Programme Leader, using

















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