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The interview may involve a number of candidates and will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams. You will be required to plan a short presentation, undertake a writing task and you will be tested on your subject knowledge. There will be a series of formal questions and an opportunity for you to discuss the programme with the subject lead.

Prior to interview

  • Please watch the video presentation by the Programme Director – Will Bailey-Watson

  • Prepare an instrumental (using your main instrument) or vocal performance lasting between 3 to 5 minutes:
    • ­This may be a piece in any style.
    • ­There is no accompanist provided, so you will either need to perform an unaccompanied work or use a backing track on CD or other audio file.
    • ­You will be expected to discuss your choice of piece, your approach in preparing the performance, as well as various musical aspects of the piece.
    • ­If required, this performance can be pre-recorded but must be un-edited and emailed to at least 24 hours before the interview.
  • Prepare a 5-minute presentation based on a musical topic that you would like to teach as part of the KS3 curriculum:
    • ­The musical topic should be a topic that you are passionate about. You will need to explain how you would teach one lesson (of an hour’s duration) based on this musical topic.
    • ­The first two minutes should explain why you think the musical topic should be on the school curriculum and what specifically pupils should know about this topic.
    • ­The final three minutes should give a clear skeleton structure for how you would envisage teaching this in one hour. Part of this must involve describing the activities you would include in the lesson and possible resources you might use.
    • ­You may use hand-outs. Please send these in advance of the interview to
    • ­You may use notes as prompts but reading out a prewritten script is discouraged.
    • ­The presentation should be interesting and engaging.

The remote interview process


Your interview will start with an introduction by Mark Aitchison (the subject leader for Music).

You will then be given 3 to 5 minutes to present your instrumental or vocal performance, following the advice given above.

You will then be given 5 minutes to deliver your musical topic presentation, following the advice given above.

You will then be asked a series of formal questions which will explore your motivations for becoming a teacher, your passion for teaching Music, and it will also look to draw upon your subject knowledge and specialisms. This will last about 30 minutes. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.


Harmony and written task

At the end of the interview, you will be sent a task via email, which will include a piece of traditional harmony and a short written task. The written task can be handwritten or completed electronically.

The written task should be completed and returned to Mark within one hour. Once completed, please send your written task to Mark via email at:

If you choose to complete the written task by hand, please use Microsoft Lens to send a PDF of your answer to Mark.

If you choose to complete the written task electronically, you can return your written task to Mark electronically.

Please feel free to contact Mark should you have any questions.

If your/our network does not behave, please do not panic! We will email you using the addresses given in your application and we will make a contingency plan.