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Composer in Residence

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Introduction

The role of the Composer in Residence is to assist the full-time members of the department in the classroom teaching of IGCSE composition in years 10 and 11 as well as at sixth form level, amounting to 4 lessons of 40 minutes per week.  In addition, the Composer in Residence will give individual lessons to students in composition and music theory. 

The job may suit individuals who have ambitions to pursue a career as a composer. As this is a part-time post, it is envisaged that it would be held alongside other part-time work as a composer or composition teacher (such as in a university faculty or music college) or part-time postgraduate composition studies.

**Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the recruitment process for these roles may take longer than usual. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.**

Main Duties

  • Teaching 4 lessons of 40 minutes per week of IGCSE / A-level composition;
  • Giving individual lessons to students in composition and music theory (currently there are 9 such students, but this is subject to change);
  • Opportunities to write for, or have works performed by, ensembles in the school;
  • Depending on the strength of the applicant, there may be opportunities to undertake further paid individual teaching or work as an accompanist in the department;
  • To undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required of you in the post;
  • Commitment to equality, diversity & inclusion;
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, the incumbent should:

  • Have a good honours degree in Music;
  • Have proven interest in and experience of composing music;
  • Have teaching experience and experience in working with music technology (desirable but not essential);
  • Have excellent communication skills;
  • Have strong planning and organisational skills;
  • Have a high level of attention to detail;
  • Be a ‘team’ player with ability to work flexibly as part of a diverse team;
  • Be positive, enthusiastic, flexible with a pro-active ‘can do’ attitude;
  • Be passionate about encouraging students in the pursuit of their own compositional activities;
  • Be approachable, open and honest;
  • Be dedicated, conscientious and hardworking.


  • Teachers’ pension scheme
  • Bike-to-work scheme
  • Eyecare plan
  • Free use of sports and leisure facilities
  • Discount at local shops and amenities

Four weeks’ paid holiday per annum, plus Bank Holidays which are also paid.  When a Bank Holiday falls during a School term you will be required to work on that day and you will be entitled to an additional day’s paid holiday in lieu.  You are required to take your paid holidays (including any additional days in lieu) during the school holidays excluding the three days before the start and end of each term.  The remainder of the school holidays constitutes unpaid holiday.

Accommodation (suitable for one person) is provided.

About the College

Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are committed to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

Eton College

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