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Primary Classroom Music Teacher Mentor - South Australia

Reports to: State Manager, South Australia
Location of Job: Murray Bridge PS, Tailem Bend PS & Elizabeth East PS.
Appointment type: Fixed Term Contract 12 months with possible extension
Part Time. 2 positions 1 day per week OR 1 position 2 days per week

Musica Viva’s Mission

Musica Viva exists to connect audiences with ensemble music of quality, diversity, challenge and joy, which inspires personal fulfilment and cultural vibrancy.

Purpose of position

The Primary Classroom Music Teacher Mentor would plan, introduce and deliver classroom music activities at Murray Bridge South Primary, Tailem Bend and Elizabeth East Primary Schools, 2 days per week for a full school year. The role of Primary Classroom Music Teacher Mentor would also be to demonstrate classroom music activities to other teaching staff in the schools, to enable them to teach music activities to other classes.

Reporting/working relationships

The position reports to SA Manager for overall accountability, but also deals closely with the SA State Coordinator and SA Admin Coordinator.


1. Classroom music teaching & mentoring 

• Classroom music teaching from Years 2-5, including development of syllabus for each year group

• Demonstrate classroom music teaching activities to other staff; supervise and advise other staff in their teaching of class music activities

• Assist and liaise with coordinating teachers, principals and SA Manager, Musica Viva in the preparation of various music performances during the year

2. Foster a positive learning environment

• Provide a contemporary, relevant and student-centred education

• Provide a caring classroom environment of support for all students

• Foster independent, resilient young people with a positive sense of self

• Inspire within students a love of learning

• Ensure teaching methodologies support critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and facilitate independent learning

• Identify and respond to the individual learning needs of all students to enable them to strive for personal excellence

• Monitor individual student progress and promptly communicate any concerns to relevant staff

3. Communication and relationships

• Communicate effectively with all staff in the schools and Musica Viva personnel

• Communicate effectively with all members of the teaching staff about students’ needs

• Establish effective relationships with students 

4. Professional development 

• Actively contribute to the Schools’ commitment to ongoing learning, continuous

• improvement, innovation and collaboration

• Provide appropriate professional development and mentorship for staff at all three schools

• Present classroom music professional development courses for a wider population of SA primary teachers as required

5. Administration

• Liaise with the SA Manager Musica Viva on all matters related to areas of responsibility, including the development of the syllabus, students, timetabling changes and staff mentorship

• Attend music meetings with SA Manager, Musica Viva and school leadership as required

• Advise on progression of students

• Prepare a written report to the SA Manager Musica Viva once per term 

• Other duties as required.

6. Organisational Responsibilities:

• Adhere to the Murray Bridge PS, Tailem Bend PS, Elizabeth East PS & Musica Viva policies and procedures

• Maintain healthy work relationships with volunteers and other staff members

• Attend meetings as required

• Participate in professional and performance development activities and remain up-to-date on current knowledge and skills related to the position

• Take reasonable care for his/her own health and safety and for the health and safety of anyone else who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at the workplace

• Maintain the highest ethical standards, confidentiality and cultural awareness when dealing with others

• Adhere to workplace policies, procedures and systems, as amended from time to time, in particular those that address workplace health and safety, anti-discrimination, bullying and harassment and privacy

• Contribute to the overall well-being of the organisation and avoid participation during or after employment, in any activity that might be harmful to the good operation, health, or reputation of the organisation.

• In addition to the duties outlined above, the position holder is also required to perform such other duties as may be directed, provided these are within his/her competency or training from time to time 


Essential Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Abilities:

• Demonstrated experience and a high level of competency in primary music education

• Ability to lead ensemble activities

• A demonstrated ability to enthuse, motivate and encourage students in their music learning

• An up to date and thorough understanding of principles and practices relating to student learning strategies

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 

• Highly focused on achieving student outcomes, including ability to foster a positive and supportive classroom environment for learning

• Demonstrable organisational skills, work ethic and self-motivation

• Ability to collaborate in a team environment

• Demonstrable problem-solving skills, with experience identifying, resolving and implementing solutions

• Registration as a teacher in South Australia or eligible for registration

• Current Working with Children clearance and RAN training certificates.

• Current driver’s license

Desirable Knowledge & Skills:

• Experience in training adults 

To apply: Send your resume and a letter of application addressing the position requirements to [email protected]. Inquiries regarding the role can be made by contacting HR Director Sarah Vickers on (02) 8394 6613 or SA State Manager Emily Kelly on (08) 7320 3321.

Please include a covering letter as applications without a cover letter addressing the position requirements will not be considered.

Musica Viva is a family friendly and flexible employer committed to equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other diverse cultural and regional communities. We also welcome applications from people who identify as having a disability. If at any stage of the recruitment process you require any accommodation due to a disability please let us know.

Applications close: 6pm Friday 11 January 2019.

Residency Primary Classroom Music Teacher Mentor (137.2 KB)