Instrumental Music Teacher (Brass)

About us

The Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA) is part of Good to Great Schools Australia (GGSA); a not-for-profit in a unique partnership with Education Queensland for 2 primary school campuses at Coen and Hope Vale in Cape York. The Academy aims to close the academic achievement gap between Indigenous and mainstream students and to support Cape York’s children bi-cultural identity.

Our Coen and Hope Vale campuses have implemented the Direct Instruction (DI) model developed by Siegfried Englemann and the Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) model developed by John Hollingsworth and Dr Silvia Ybarra. Both campuses also use the 6C education model; Childhood, Class, Club, Culture, Civics and Community, which include programs rich in local culture, music, art, physical and outdoor education, with a strong attention to student welfare and personal development.

Music holds a significant place in the CYAAA curricular and co-curricular program. We understand the importance of fostering creativity and imagination, and providing opportunities for self-expression.

By being part of Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy, you’ll be helping to fulfil our dream to bring the gift of music to children all around Australia. Furthermore, the ability of music to improve academic results means that you’ll also be helping students develop their full potential to excel in academic work.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking applications for the full time role of Instrumental Music Teacher (Brass) to join our dedicated team at The Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy – Coen Campus.

This role will be responsible for leading the Music Department with vision and promoting and developing its academic and co-curricular reputation. The role will also provide inspirational leadership to actively encourage and support students and staff in the music program.

As a full time, it is required that 50% of this role will be instrumental teaching and 50% will be general classroom teaching using Direct Instruction.


  • Have an understanding of Direct Instruction and Explicit Direct Instruction
  • Demonstrated knowledge of brass pedagogy
  • Must have or be able to obtain professional membership with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)
  • Bachelor Degree in Education, or Degree in Specialty plus Diploma of Education
  • Fosters positive relationships with students, staff and parents
  • Willing to participate in co-curricular activities
  • Expertise in the music curriculum and in current pedagogical thinking
  • A commitment to student well-being
  • Support for the schools values, including support for the co-curricular instrumental music program
  • Demonstrated success in taking individual and group lessons for students of brass instruments
  • Possess an inherent understanding and passion for teaching children in a school setting
  • Be committed to the consistent delivery of lessons and rehearsals
  • Want to be a part of education reform in Australia

Applicants need to submit a resume and an application letter that addresses the essential selection criteria above. GGSA does not consider applications that do not address the selection criteria. Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and previous applicants need not apply.

Submit your application to workwithus@goodtogreatschools.org.au

Good to Great Schools Australia believe that a child’s prospects are not determined by their ethnicity, location or socio-economic status.