Head of Music / Music Teacher


St John’s D.S.G., established in 1897 by the Society of St John the Divine, is situated in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. It is a leading Anglican, independent, day and boarding school for 600 girls (Grades RR – 12), and is a member of the Independent Schools’ Association of Southern Africa. St John’s has a strong community ethos that gives it a distinct character.


Effective from Term 3, 2024.

The Head of Music is responsible for the leadership and management of music across the Junior and Senior Schools who will work collaboratively with the wider academic, sporting and support staff and have an understanding of the role of music within our school. The successful applicant will be a qualified and proficient musician who has a proven and successful track record in this field and who will uphold the ethos and professionalism at St John’s D.S.G.

The successful applicant should:

  • Have the minimum of a BMus (or equivalent university qualification) and/or teaching licentiate in their main instrument and be able to teach individual music lessons.
  • An Honours or Master’s Degree in Music will be advantageous.
  • Preferably be able to teach Subject Music from Grades 8 – 12 and lead the school’s keyboard programme for Subject Music.
  • Have a proficient high level of skill in piano. Piano accompaniment for choirs would be advantageous.
  • Teach creatively, interact with children of all ages and be able to integrate the use of technology as a learning tool in the classroom.
  • Effectively manage the administration of the Music Department (Junior and Senior School), including provision of support for itinerant music teachers and organisation of individual music lessons.
  • Conduct an annual Department review, evaluating effectiveness of academic and music performance programmes, if appointed as Head of Music.
  • Be a self-motivated person of integrity and enthusiasm, with strong leadership, interpersonal, administrative, and communication skills.
  • Be willing to work flexible hours, including weekends.
  • Be able to function independently and as part of a team.
  • Have evidence of clearance with the Child Protection Act and Sexual Offences Register before assuming the position.
  • Be prepared to commit to upholding the core values and Christian ethos of the school.

To Apply: Please complete the application form by clicking on the link below:

Application Link

Closing Date: 13:00 on Monday, 15 April, 2024 (No late applications will be considered).

St John’s D.S.G. reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of this post. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview or an appointment. Applicants who do not meet the requirements of the post and who do not submit the required application form will automatically be disqualified from consideration. Applicants who have not been contacted by the end of May should take it that his/her application has not been successful.

St John’s D.S.G. in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.

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Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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