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Hertfordshire Music Service offers first class musical opportunities to thousands of young people in the county and over 450 professional musicians and teachers delivering high quality lessons every week. 

We are an award winning service, recognised for our innovative and successful approach to holistic music education. We welcome enquiries from teachers who would like to work for us.

You may be just starting out on your teaching career - in which case we can talk to you about practical first steps - we always look for potential, enthusiasm and a genuine willingness to learn.

Why join Hertfordshire Music Service? 

  • We improve the lives and life chances of children and young people in Hertfordshire and believe every child has a musical voice that deserves to be nurtured.
  • We are a values driven organisation at the forefront of innovative inclusive music tuition development and receive valuable support from Hertfordshire County Council, other funders and stakeholders.
  • We support the professional development of teachers from the start with a paid induction process that allows new teachers to develop their skills straight away.
  • We encourage our staff to be proactive and enable them to grow their own work through paid projects like our ‘Get Playing’ project.
  • There are numerous opportunities to explore a variety of different aspects to music education through the wide range of musical provision we deliver.

The role can involve individual, shared, and small group teaching, whole class teaching and ensemble direction. Work can take place during the school day, evenings, and Saturday mornings with the option of additional work on school holiday courses. This role may involve travel between agreed locations and therefore having your own vehicle is preferred, but not essential.

Our new teachers must be able to commit to deliver 33 teaching weeks over the academic year. Working hours will be agreed together with HMS. Your pay will be determined on the HMS pay scale (to be discussed on appointment). Teachers can progress higher up the pay scale through successful performance management.

If you would like to be part of the team, please complete the application form, and email it to

What we do

Hertfordshire Music Service (HMS) believes that all of Hertfordshire’s children and young people, regardless of background or circumstances, have the opportunity to discover or develop their unique musical voice and express themselves through the language of music.

For over 40 years Hertfordshire Music Service has successfully delivered musical opportunities to generations of young people throughout the county. The service is now one of the largest in the country with many thousands of young people involved in our weekly musical activities, supported by over 450 teachers.

HMS is a team of passionate musicians, teachers and educators who care deeply about enabling young people to experience the benefits of a high-quality music education. We deliver the incredible musical, personal and social outcomes that come from learning a musical instrument week in, week out.

Our 12 music centres across the county are local musical community hubs with the ambition of providing engaging, life-long music education as well as a wider variety of activities including music technology, music production and youth leadership opportunities.

HMS safeguarding, diversity & equality

Hertfordshire Music Service and Hertfordshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview to anyone disclosing a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

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

Current opportunities

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Instrumental/Vocal Teachers, WCET and Ensemble Leaders

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 27th April 2022 (applications received after this date will also be considered).

Initial interview dates: Wednesday 4th May - Friday 6th May 2022.

Location of interview: HMS central office in Hatfield, or online via Microsoft Teams.

To meet increasing demand across the county, Hertfordshire Music Service is currently seeking to expand its pool of inspiring instrumental/vocal music teachers in the following areas and instruments:

 Area Instrument


  • WCET Leaders for Ukulele, Strings, Brass and Woodwind


(includes Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans)

  • Lower Strings
  • Piano
  • Guitar – all styles
  • Brass
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion


No current vacancies.


We are currently seeking vibrant music tutors to use their experience and professional expertise to change the lives of children through music. Appointments will be made with a minimum number of hours, but we encourage and support all new teachers to expand and grow this work.

If you would like to be part of the team, please complete the following:

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Director of North Herts and Stevenage Area Wind band

Hertfordshire Music Service is currently looking for a new conductor for the North Herts and Stevenage Senior Wind Band from April 2022. 

The band rehearses every Wednesday evening (during term time) at Stevenage Music Centre from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The age range of the group is approximately 12 - 18, with players currently being of around Grade 4/5 - Grade 8+ standard.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of musicianship and proven conducting skills. We are looking for somebody who is enthusiastic and committed to working with young people.

Candidates should request an application form from

Based at Stevenage Music Centre, Nobel School, Mobbsbury Way, Stevenage 

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 17th April 2022

Interviews (with a practical conducting element) will take place on a weekday evening between 6:00pm – 9:00pm. 

The successful candidate will be paid at the appropriate level on the Hertfordshire Music Service pay scale.

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Calling all Rap, Songwriting & Music Tech Artists!

Hertfordshire Music Service wants to hear from anyone able to lead workshops and deliver rap, songwriting, or music tech workshops in schools, alternative education settings and youth clubs. We are currently seeking your expression of interest for this role by Friday 23rd July 2021.

Please express interest by emailing us at with your name, address and briefly describing:

  • your music interests
  • music experience
  • any tutor experience
  • availability
  • locations you can reach in Hertfordshire
  • why you would like to be involved

We are particularly interested to hear from applicants with protected characteristics that are under-represented in our workforce, or that experience disadvantages as a result of that characteristic.

For more information about protected characteristics please see 


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