Job Category
Exemption Status/Test
Reports To
Campus Principal/Visual and Performing Arts Director
Date Revised
Assigned Campus
Primary Purpose
Direct and manage the overall program of instrumental music for campus and provide students with an opportunity to participate in extracurricular orchestra activities and ensure compliance with all state, University Interscholastic League (UIL), and district requirements.
Education Certification

Bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited college or university

Valid Texas teaching certificate in secondary music

ESL Certification preferred

Special Knowledge/Skills

Knowledge of overall operation of instrumental music program

Ability to manage budget and personnel

Knowledge of state and UIL policies governing orchestra

Ability to implement policy, procedures, and data

Strong instructional communication, public relations, organizational, leadership, and interpersonal skills

Willingness to advance knowledge by attending workshops, conventions, and staff development sessions

Adept in string pedagogy  


Three years of successful teaching and orchestra directing experience preferred

Experience as a successful middle school director preferred


Major Responsibilities and Duties

Program Planning

  • Engage and plan with high school directors to align programmatic curricular and extra-curricular activities with the orchestra cluster
  • Work with teachers 5-12 to promote and encourage student participation in the orchestra program
  • Direct middle school instrumental performers, including beginner, intermediate and advanced orchestras; soloists, ensembles, and competition groups
  • Engage and plan with middle school and high school directors to align programmatic curricular and extra-curricular activities with the orchestra cluster
  • Establish performance requirements, enforce academic requirements, and verify each student’s eligibility in orchestra
  • Provide for orchestra participation at extracurricular events, including concerts, pep rallies, and UIL activities
  • Arrange transportation, lodging, and meals for out-of-town events (if applicable)
  • Comply with federal and state laws, State Board of Education (SBEC) rule, UIL rules, and board policy in the orchestra area
  • Obtain and use evaluative findings (including student achievement data and current technology) to determine program effectiveness and ensure that program renewal is continuous and responds to student needs
  • Design and implement plans for recruitment and retention of students
  • Recommend policies to improve program
  • Support Orchestra Booster Club activities (if applicable)

Budget and Inventory

  • Ensure that programs are cost-effective and funds are managed wisely
  • Implement sound budgetary practices in accordance with district/state guidelines
  • Compile budgets and cost estimates based on documented program needs
  • Coordinate fundraising activities and manage funds
  • Maintain current inventory of all fixed assets within department through Charms management system
  • Oversee the process of cleaning, repairing, and storing all orchestra equipment


  • Develop and implement plans for instrumental music program and show written evidence of preparation as required
  • Prepare lessons that reflect accommodations for individual student differences
  • Present subject matter according to guidelines established by the Texas Education Agency, board policies, and administrative regulations
  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned
  • Conduct ongoing assessments of student achievement through formal and informal testing
  • Create an environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students
  • Actively participate in district and area music events, including festivals, Pre-UIL events and UIL/TMEA events

Student Management

  • Apply and enforce student discipline in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and student handbook
  • Accompany and supervise students on all trips
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities


  • Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers
  • Communicate with principal/counselor regarding scheduling and staffing needs
  • Maintain professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members
  • Work to provide campus, district and community awareness of band activities and performances

Personnel Management

  • Assist with recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of assistant orchestra director(s)
  • Recruit, supervise and evaluate private lesson instructors for campus/cluster

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Administer and supervise the duties of assistant orchestra director(s)
  • Perform other supervisory duties as assigned by principal or administration
Tools/Equipment Used
Personal computer and peripherals; standard instructional equipment
Prolonged standing; frequent kneeling/squatting, bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
Frequent walking
Regular light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
Available for frequent in-district and occasional state-wide travel Available to work prolonged and irregular hours
Mental Demands
Ability to maintain emotional control under stress