Instrumental Music Teacher

About the role

These roles are based at various schools and music centres in Surrey. The starting salary for is £28,469 to £29,131 per annum (pro-rata for part-time), dependent upon experience, inclusive of holiday pay. 

Surrey Arts are currently looking for Teachers with skills and availability to teach the following: 

  • Piano Teacher – 1-2 days (6-12 hours) in Redhill and Reigate area. 
  • Cello Teacher – 1-2 days (6-12 hours) in Redhill and Reigate area. Stringbabies / early years’ experience would be an advantage or a willingness to be trained in this area
  • Upper Strings Teacher – 2 days (12 hours) Epsom, Addlestone, Staines, Woking. Teaching includes a Saturday morning at the Staines music centre including leading/supporting the string ensembles. Ability to teach whole class violin would be an advantage or a willingness to be trained in this area. 
  • Piano Teacher(s) – 3+ days (18+ hours), Woking and Guildford. Teaching includes: 9.00-15.00 on a Saturday, 15.30-19.30 on a Tuesday including adult keyboard group and an additional after school slot 15.30-19.30. There are also many daytime teaching slots in local schools. Availability to be discussed at interview with the right candidate. 
  • Woodwind Teacher – 1-2 days (6-12 hours). Farnham and Haslemere. 

Please indicate in your application which post/s you are applying for. 

About Us

Surrey Arts is part of Surrey County Council, and our values support our vision, shape our culture, and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy. 

Surrey Arts is the lead partner for Surrey Music Education Hub. Surrey Music Hub’s aim is to work in partnership to ensure that children and young people from all backgrounds receive music education that is high quality, wide ranging, sustainable and accessible to all, and that there are clear musical pathways along which children and young people can progress. 

Surrey Arts is an ambitious and forward-thinking organisation that places young people at the centre of our work. We are committed to developing Surrey Arts as a genuinely inclusive organisation, and one that meets the needs of the whole diverse community of Surrey. Our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) strategy is central to our organisational development. 
Surrey Arts teaches in excess of 5000 young people every week through instrumental and vocal tuition, music groups and regular activities. We also work cross-arts and deliver vibrant performing and visual arts programmes. 

There are over 400 schools in Surrey and Surrey Arts works in, or with, many of them. Excellent school relationships are central to our work. Strategic partnerships are an important part of what we do, and we maintain strong relationships with other music hub delivery partners. Surrey Arts is the lead partner for Surrey’s cultural education partnership, Culture Box Surrey, and we have close links with Surrey’s Arts Council England national portfolio organisations (NPOs). 

About The Role 

We are looking for motivated and committed music leaders to join our thriving team of teaching staff. You will be helping to deliver high quality and innovative music education to children and adults at various schools and venues around the county through weekly instrumental and vocal tuition. You will teach both online and face-to-face and be part of a forward-looking team developing innovative and student-centred learning opportunities. 

As well as weekly activities, Surrey Arts delivers a number of enrichment activities such as holiday courses, workshops, and events which staff help support and deliver. 
In this role you will be supported by a team of Administrators who will organise your schedule and timetables, and will be in regular contact with parents, schools, and yourselves to ensure the services delivered meet our high expectations. 

We deliver 33 weeks of regular lessons within the school academic year plus a range of additional activities and professional training for staff. Staff are expected to be available during the school academic terms and there are opportunities for additional work during the holiday periods. 

We provide regular training and professional development opportunities which staff are expected to attend. 

Our hourly rate of pay ranges from £26.54 to £27.62 per hour for individual/group lessons. Salary is pro-rata to hours worked. We are also looking for teachers who can work during and after school hours including Saturdays. Tutors are supported by a dedicated music administration team and line manager. 

About You 

We are looking for individuals who: 

  • Hold a recognised music diploma, degree, or who can demonstrate an equivalent level of achievement in their own field of practice 
  • Possess specialist musical knowledge related to their instrument or field of practice, and can perform or create music to a high standard 
  • Are reflective practitioners with a passion for continued learning and development 
  • Can make positive relationships with children, young people, and the wider Surrey Arts team 
  • Have experience of working with children from a range of social backgrounds 
  • Are aware of current initiatives in the UK music education system

For more information, please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council. 

Cultural Projects Lead

About the role

The starting salary for this position is £35,382 per annum based on a 36 hour working week. The role is offered as a 12 month fixed-term contract or secondment opportunity.

About Surrey Arts

Surrey Arts is part of Surrey County Council’s Cultural Services, and our values support our vision, shape our culture and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy.

We are the lead partner for both the Surrey Music Education Hub and the Cultural Education Partnerships alongside community based cultural projects that the team delivers. Our aim is to work in partnership to achieve our mission of “changing lives through world class arts”.

Our Values

Surrey Arts is an ambitious and forward-thinking organisation that places our residents at the centre of our work. We are committed to developing the service as a genuinely inclusive organisation, fostering a culture of belonging where all are respected and valued and one that meets the needs of the whole, diverse community of Surrey. Equity, diversity and inclusion are central to our organisation, and we are committed to its development at all levels of the organisation as outlined in our EDI strategy. 

Our Work

We have a strong reputation for delivering vibrant and diverse cultural arts programmes for residents across Surrey. Maintaining strong partnerships are vital to the way in which we work, and we have an established network of local, regional and national partners including Surrey’s Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs).

The Role

We are looking for a committed, highly motivated and enthusiastic Coordinator to support the work of the team in putting on an exciting programme of cultural events. This is an exciting opportunity for a highly organised individual to contribute to a new ambitious programme that celebrates culture and puts diversity and inclusion at the heart of our celebrations for Summer 2022 and beyond.

You will be supported to work remotely or from a base or bases in the area. 

This exciting role demands someone who can forge effective working relationships with a range of internal and external partners, taking into consideration the needs of our communities across the region as well as creating and establishing new work to deepen and diversify our offer.

The Ideal Candidate

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is innovative, creative and highly motivated with a passion for culture
  • Is experienced in managing, monitoring and delivering a successful programme of events
  • Has arts marketing and promotion experience
  • Has proven experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Has experience and understanding of the cultural landscape, with particular reference to stakeholders and funding
  • Has successful experience developing and managing partnerships with external organisations and building positive relationships with stakeholders
  • Has experience of deploying, and directing staff
  • Has knowledge and understanding of effective evaluation processes within an arts and culture context and proven experience of risk management and mitigations
  • Is an organised and effective communicator, able to work both autonomously and as part of the wider Surrey Arts management team
  • Is willing and able to support the work across Surrey and outside of normal working hours

You should also have a valid driving licence and access to a vehicle as the role will require travel within the county. 

We would love to hear from you if you share our passion for culture and you would like to help to develop an inspirational programme of cultural activity. 

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 18th May 2022 with interviews to follow.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact details

For an informal discussion please contact Sarah Lee, Service Manager for Surrey Arts, by email at

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.