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Re: Music teacher position, REF: 35GG
Dear Ms Trombone,
I am writing to apply for the position of Music teacher (secondary) at Crossroads High School as advertised recently on SEEK.com.au.
I am a highly organised, outcome-driven and motivated professional music teacher with solid experience in the classroom. For the past two years, I have been employed in a casual capacity in three schools in Sydney’s inner west, teaching classes from years 7–12.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current NSW DET music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone colour, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition, and reading and listening skills. I possess solid understanding of these concepts and skills in the context of various musical styles, periods and genres.
I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music. With a background in music tutoring, I am also accredited with the Music Teacher’s Association of NSW.
I am proficient in classical guitar and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8) and a collection of brass and woodwind instruments.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression.
You will find me to be a down-to-earth and amiable person, with excellent classroom communication skills and professional presentation. My empathy and my interpersonal skills enable me to freely discuss any matter of concern with both students and parents of diverse social backgrounds.
I believe this is a role to which I could bring great value, exercising and broadening my music teaching experience, and helping students develop their talents while nurturing their passion for music.
My resume is attached and I look forward to being able to discuss the position with you further.