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Band Conductor 2018

Warrawee Public School P&C Association operate the WPS Band Program throughout the NSW government school term.

TITLE: Warrawee Public School Band Conductor

ENGAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS: The Band Conductor will be engaged as an independent contractor of the P and C Association.

HOURS FOR THIS POSITION: The hours for this role will be weekday mornings (currently 7.30-8.30am)  and afternoons (currently 3-4pm)  depending upon band rehearsal times, additional hours for administration work and some weekend hours for conducting duties at band festivals and performances and also for band camp. These hours are to be discussed and arranged with the band conductor. The hours are during school terms only.

The extent of rehearsals is dependent on the number and composition of bands and is to be agreed by the parties in consultation. The desire is to have 2 rehearsals a week for each band (excluding Stage Band).

BAND STRUCTURE: At WPS the Band Program consists of four bands- Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Stage bands. Students from years 3 to 6 are able to join the band program. Currently we have approximately 110 students in the program.

REMUNERATION: As an independent contractor the band conductor will be paid fortnightly upon submission of an electronic invoice to the P and C Association.

The band conductor will be offered an hourly rate commensurate with qualifications and experience for conducting duties and performances and an hourly rate for administration tasks.


REPORTING STRUCTURE: As an independent contractor of the P and C Association, the band conductor is answerable to the P&C Association,  its  representative being the P and C President. 

The P and C Association encourages parent involvement in the band program and hence there may be parent volunteers who may assist the band conductor in their duties.


Purpose of the position
The band conductor is responsible for the delivery of an engaging and educational music program for the school band students. This delivery must be in accordance with the policies and procedures of the P and C association.  

The band conductor will support the development of strong relationships within the school community in particular with the students, parents and volunteers, teachers, and other school personnel.

The Band Program's objective is to provide an educational and motivating environment within which the children enjoy learning and performing music.

The Band Conductor is to submit a written report each month to the P and C President and attend the P and C Association meeting once a term.   Open communication and informal meetings will be held as necessary.

The Band Conductor has responsibility for supervising the band students during rehearsals and performances. Currently, supervision of the children is assisted by parents from the band program through a ongoing roster. It is recommended that the band conductor utilise the schools Merit Award System to encourage and reward positive behaviours.

The band conductor with the approval of the P and C Executive has the authority to purchase/order necessary items such as sheet music, minor repairs to and servicing of instruments.

 Key Responsibilities

The Band Conductor will:

  • Determine the composition and make up of the Warrawee School Bands; including auditioning of students and making recommendations concerning the musical program,
  • Attend and lead band rehearsals during school terms (extent of rehearsals is dependent on the number and composition of bands and is to be agreed by the parties in consultation),
  • Make recommendations and provide professional advice to the Warrawee P and C Executive in relation to competitions and eisteddfods, purchase and servicing of instruments and music and other matters relevant to the Warrawee School Band program,
  • Prepare the Warrawee School Bands for competitions and eisteddfods and attendance and leadership of the band at those events,
  • Attend and lead the bands at special school assemblies and community events.
  • Complete basic administration tasks, including correspondence with band families in a timely manner; maintain the instrument inventory, arrange servicing and repairs and order new instruments; enter and manage the administration of competitions and festivals,
  • Develop of the musical program for, attend and lead an annual band camp (usually 2 days),
  • Attend P and C meetings once a term,
  • Liaise with the Principal or School Executive and the Warrawee P and C Executive as required in order to ensure a collaborative approach to the band program,
  • Log maintenance issues and adhere to WH&S policies and procedures,
  • Ensure a pleasant working environment for the volunteers, and
  • Ensure the operation of the band program is in line with the values of the school community.


Essential Key Competencies

  • Tertiary music qualifications and equivalent industry experience
  • Demonstrated experience in primary school band conducting and musical education.
  • Exceptional communication skills with students, parents and school staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in the selection and teaching of a diverse repertoire and personalised syllabus, varied according to each band's ability and need.
  • A passion for teaching children and experience in behaviour management to bring the best out in all students.
  • Commitment to the collaborative effort involved in the band program at WPS. Be willing and able and work with the parent community and the school.
  • Experience in the development and delivery of a band camp program.
  • An enthusiastic, inspiring, dynamic and professional attitude.
  • Flexibility in the delivery of conducting services.
  • A current Working with Children Check clearance or such clearance being obtained during the interview process.


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