Conducting/Composition Teacher

Organization               Music School/DMTVET/MOE

Nationality                  International



The Ministry of Education of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in conjunction with the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University Australia and the National College of Music, London with the support of the British Council, World Bank, German Foreign Office, Goethe Institute, Embassies of the USA, Finland, Canada, and Denmark, Governments of India and Netherlands, and several professional academic music organizations, as well as manufacturers of musical instruments, has established Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), the first and the only college of music in Afghanistan.

ANIM was inaugurated on June 20, 2010, and has since been hailed as one of Afghanistan’s greatest success stories. Its ensembles have performed for world leaders, ambassadors, for Afghans and foreigners living in Kabul, and on tour to the USA, Oman, South Korea, Tanzania, Germany, and Denmark. ANIM educates both girls and boys and is committed to offering the opportunity of music education to all Afghan children regardless of gender, socioeconomic class, or ethnicity. ANIM has been featured on BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, NBC, and many other media outlets.

ANIM requires a music teacher who is a highly skilled and qualified conductor who is also able to design, plan, and teach courses including conducting, composition, harmony, ear training, theory, orchestration, music history, and other music topics. This teacher will conduct the Afghan Youth Orchestra (AYO) and other large ensembles of ANIM, and the teacher will also be in charge of overseeing ANIM’s academic music classes and assisting and advising ANIM as we begin preparations to offer a four-year undergraduate degree. The Afghan Youth Orchestra has performed throughout Kabul; at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman; and in sold-out concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in the USA. The conducting teacher will continue and build upon these successes.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Successful applicant will be required to conduct the Afghan Youth Orchestra and other large ensembles of ANIM, arrange music for ANIM ensembles featuring Afghan and/or Western instruments, and teach conducting, composition, harmony, ear training, theory, orchestration, music history, and other music topics.
  2. The conducting/composition teacher will be a member of the senior academic management team and will be part of a team tasked with coordinating ANIM’s music academic classes and designing, supervising, and/or amending their curriculum.
  3. The teacher will be required to execute her/his teaching duties in a professional manner, as directed by the ANIM Director.
  4. The teacher will be required to assist with the general duties of ANIM, such as monitoring of students' behavior and discipline.
  5. All members of the teaching staff are required to execute their responsibilities with professionalism, courtesy and dignity, as well as an appreciation of their students.
  6. The successful applicant will report directly to the ANIM Director, who will monitor the work of the teaching staff and discuss strengths and weaknesses of the staff on a regular basis.
  7. Given the interests of ANIM students in a variety of musical genres, an applicant’s experience with genres of music other than Western classical will be considered a plus.     

Qualifications required:

  1. Applicants should possess a Bachelor of Music degree from an accredited university, college of music, or college of education. In the case of the latter, applicants must have studied music to an advanced level within the education course that they pursued. Evidence of qualifications will be required. A post-bachelor degree will be considered a plus, as will degrees with a concentration or major in conducting or composition.
  2. Applicants should prove their ability to actively engage students in their learning process.
  3. Candidates should provide evidence that they are cleared by the police in their country of origin to work with children.
  4. Candidates should possess excellent communication and inter-personal skills.
  5. Candidates should have strong experience working in different cultures and mentoring youth in those cultures.
  6. The ability to use music software, particularly Sibelius, is a strong plus.

Submission Guideline:

Applications should include their curriculum vitae with a passport-sized photograph and a single A4-size letter, stating the reasons why you are attracted to the post for which you are applying. 

Your application should be submitted electronically to the following three individuals:

Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, Founder and Director, Afghanistan National Institute of Music

Mr. Waheed Madani, Director, ASDP, Deputy Ministry for TVET

Mr. Farid Askzai, Human Resources, ASDP, Deputy Ministry for TVET

- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted directly for interviews.