Our Music Service’s Tutor Team

Essex Music Service has a team of over 220 tutors providing 1-to-1, small group, ensemble and workshop provision across the county. This team includes highly skilled and experienced teams of string, woodwind, brass, percussion, vocal, rap, keyboard, music technology tutors, and specialist teachers for whole-class instrument teaching, ensembles, SEND, and Inclusion work.

Our tutors work with each student to encourage the best music-making from them, be that through entering for music exams (i.e. ABRSM, Trinity, LCM, RockSchool), local music competitions, and entry for national and international music conservatoires. Our tutors work in schools as well as our own Music Schools and Community Music Centres: to see what provision we offer to our schools and communities, please see the tabs above.

Working for our Music Service

We take on staff according to the vacancies we have as advertised below. We do not work as an agency with floating staff, but instead our tutors are employees of Essex County Council which brings the benefits of sick leave, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, Teachers’ Pensions and more. Each tutor is assigned to a District Lead Tutor – we have one per district/borough of Essex. Each District Lead Tutor has a team of around 20 tutors, who maintains regular contact with tutors, acts as their first port of call, and for new staff is their mentor/buddy in supporting them in their induction and working with us.

Our staff undergo specific ESCB Level 2 Safeguarding and Child Protection training at least once every two years, are registered with the DBS Update Service, and work within statutory guidelines set out by Essex County Council. We also offer an unrivalled CPD/CPL programme for our staff, recently focusing on Technology in Teaching, SEND, Mindfulness and Connectivity, Small Group teaching (with London Music Masters), and a 1-day workshop with educational specialist Paul Harris.

Applying to Work with Us

We look for more than just high quality 1-to-1/small group tuition both face-to-face and online: we look for exceptional, ambitious, self-motivated candidates who seek the same for their students, and have a diverse range of educational and musical skills that will make stronger and broader the offer we make to the young people of Essex. We carry out regular needs analysis for instruments in each area of the county and advertise those on this page, after which we then invite those applicants to interview whose skills match those needs.

Successful candidates are invited to a panel interview at County Hall, Chelmsford, and if successful at this stage, they are then either invited to a session at one of our community music centres in order to see candidates working with students in 1-to-1/small group and/or in an ensemble setting, or, subject to pre-employment checks, taken on for a probationary period of one term, working with their District Lead Tutor for support and development.

Current Vacancies

We have the current vacancies in our county (last updated 11th November 2021):

Instrument Area Weekly Hours
Drum Kit Harlow 1hr 45m
Guitar Harlow 2hr
Singing & Piano Castle Point 3hr
Piano Chelmsford 1hr
Piano Uttlesford 50m
Violin Uttlesford 1hr20m
Violin Braintree 30m
Violin Rochford 45m
Violin Epping Forest & Harlow 45m
Violin Brentwood 2hr

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Please note that only applications made via the form (available via the pink button above) related to the vacancies advertised will be considered.