Violin and Viola Teacher

Vacancy No:               DMTVET/C-7.4

Organization:              Music School/DMTVET/MOE

Nationality:                 International



The Ministry of Education of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in conjunction with the Monish Asia Institute, Monish 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 to supervise the teaching and complete the training of the ANIM local Afghan violin and viola teacher; to teach violin and viola from the beginner to tertiary levels; and to teach class music to various age groups and assist with daily duties within ANIM. Experience teaching pedagogy is a strong plus.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Successful applicant will be required to supervise the teaching and complete the training of the ANIM local Afghan teacher of violin and viola, as well as select ANIM students in the upper grade levels. This part of the job may include such responsibilities as instruction in string pedagogy, setting repertoire goals for each student, and supervising the lessons taught by the local teacher. The successful applicant will therefore have the ability to teach violin and viola from beginner to diploma levels and to train teachers at all levels of student development.

2.         Successful applicant will be required to teach general class music lessons to a variety of students in the various grades.

3.         Opportunities will arise for the violin and viola teacher to become a member of the senior academic management team, at the invitation of the ANIM Director or Principal.

4.         The violin and viola teacher will be encouraged to take an active part in forming ensembles and in coaching existing ensembles.

5.         The violin and viola teacher may be asked to assist with designing teaching and learning material for Afghan traditional instruments.

6.         The violin and viola teacher will be required to execute his/her teaching duties in a professional manner, as directed by the ANIM Director or Principal. The violin and viola teacher understands that he/she is in Afghanistan primarily as an employee of ANIM, and that outside performances and professional activities in Afghanistan must be cleared by the ANIM Director.

7.         The violin and viola teacher will be required to assist with the general duties of ANIM, such as monitoring of students' behavior and discipline.

8.         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. All member of the teaching staff should communicate promptly and transparently with each other, with the head of their department, and with ANIM management.

9.         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.

10.       The violin and viola teacher may be asked, on occasion, to perform violin and viola parts in collaboration with guests, faculty, and students, at concerts at ANIM and elsewhere. The successful applicant will therefore have recent performing experience.

11.       Given the interests of ANIM students in a variety of musical genres, the ability of an applicant to also teach music in both Western classical and Hindustani classical genres will be considered a plus.


Qualifications required:


1.         Applicants should possess a bachelor degree in music—preferably music education, although applicants with degrees in music performance will also be considered—from an accredited university, college of music, or college of education. Evidence of qualifications will be required. A post-bachelor degree will be considered a plus.

2.         Applicants should prove their ability to actively engage students in their learning process.

3.         The successful applicant will oversee the participation of violin and viola students in various ensembles and groups.

4.         The successful applicant should have ability to arrange for various ensembles.

5.         Candidates should provide evidence that they are cleared by the police in their country of origin to work with children.

6.         Candidates should possess excellent communication and inter-personal skills.

7.         Candidates should have strong experience working in different cultures and mentoring youth in those cultures.

8.         The ability to use music software, particularly Sibelius, is a strong plus.


Submission Guideline:

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