[RESOURCE] Inclusive instrumental music tutor job description

This inclusive instrumental music tutor job description document was co-created by 11 music service representatives from across England in May/June 2021, in response as part of a ‘Task and Finish’ group within the Changing Tracks music services inclusion programme.

It is intended to be a helpful resource that can be used and adapted by other music services. 

About the process

The process began with the HMS EDI working group revising our instrumental tutor job description, as part of a review of recruitment process. In March 2021, the National Music Services Working Group on Inclusion workshopped a new job description to support recruiting inclusive instrumental teachers, rather than a specialist ‘inclusion tutor’. We then invited participation from colleagues nationally, with the intention of publishing a draft inclusive instrumental job description, as part of a suite of inclusive recruitment resources that we are developing on this website.

The process of creating this document gave us a chance to reflect on our own organisations’ different approaches to recruitment, the sort of instrumental teachers we want to attract, and why. We’ve edited our various contributions down to one document but are conscious some was left out, and that there will be more to add. We see this as an ‘open’ document rather than a definitive version, which colleagues may adapt for their own service, and/or make suggestions for improvements to us (email changingtracksherts@gmail.com).

Next steps

Beyond the job description, we also began talking about how diversifying recruitment raises wider questions about workforce development that we can develop through our EDI action planning. For instance, how and where we advertise, how we shortlist for and score interviews, how induction and CPD can develop people who have clear potential but little experience. Most importantly, we spoke about the ‘chicken and egg nature’ of having tutors who can work on targeted inclusion projects, and resourcing sufficient work to retain them.

If you’re interested in joining a similar Task and Finish group to look at these other recruitment issues please send a DM to our Twitter account OR email changingtracksherts@gmail.com

With thanks to HMS EDI group, Changing Tracks NWGI, and the colleagues from Surrey Music Service, Dorset Music Service, Merton Music Foundation, Waltham Forest Music Service, Lambeth Music Service, Southampton Music Service, Solihull Music Service, Northumberland Music Service, Services for Education-Birmingham who formed the Task and Finish group.

Further resources

  1. Use of clear and simple language
  2. Inclusion of photo on the first page to give a sense of the work / the type of person who might work at Youth Music
  3. Use of in-built functions in Word to support accessibility (e.g. headings to help people using screen-readers, alt-text on images, using the ‘check accessibility’ function before publishing)
  4. Flexible essential ‘experience’ requirements – with no requirements for formal qualifications
  5. Guaranteed interview for Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the post
  6. Option for part-time to attract candidates who may not be able to do full-time hours

Changing Tracks is a programme of peer support and learning for and with music services wanting to improve equality, diversity and inclusion. It is run by Hertfordshire Music Service and funded by Youth Music as part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. It was previously called MusicNet East. We help music services to be more inclusive by providing a peer network facilitated by Music Mark, funding for action research, support and challenge, advice and resources.

Find out more about us, or check out the other resources and blogs on this site for more help for music services, or visit the AMIE Musical Inclusion Resource Hub for more inclusion tools and guidance, blogs, videos, and case studies, to help you break down barriers to music-making.

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