The School at Columbia University is an independent K–8 school founded in 2003 that is affiliated with and administered by Columbia University. At The School at Columbia University, educators work with a dynamic and diverse community drawn equally from the families of University employees and from the local community. The School is dedicated to fostering in students personal resourcefulness and integrity, a sense of social responsibility, and a lifelong appreciation of learning through an innovative, socially and emotionally supportive, and academically challenging program. The pedagogical and curricular philosophies embrace multicultural perspectives that challenge educators and learners to examine their preconceived notions of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and sexual orientation. Educators tailor instruction so that the needs of the individual students are met. A committed faculty and administration strive to create a school that will stand as a model for what K–8 education can be and serve as a genuine and enduring partnership between Columbia University and its neighbor
Teach classes of about 20 students in context of integrated curriculum
Increase skillsets of elementary and middle-school students to further understand music concepts, music performance, performing arts, history of music, and role of music in other disciplines
Work with discipline team to continue ongoing development of K–8 music curriculum scope and sequence
Work to ensure academic excellence by fully knowing students and adapting curriculum to meet needs
Fulfill duties, responsibilities, and commitments as outlined in “Working at The School at Columbia University Guidebook”
Collaborate with team of teachers in design and implementation of integrated curriculum
Keep careful anecdotal and assessment records and use them to write accurate, comprehensive reports
Commit to social mission of School, which requires differentiation to meet needs of diverse community
Participate fully in active life of School
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Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer—race/gender/disability/veteran.
A., B.S., B.F.A., or B.Mus. or equivalent degree or educational qualification from accredited college or university
At least two years of full-time teaching experience beyond student teaching in public or independent schools
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Commitment to equity and justice, including knowledge and skills related to cultural competencies
Commitment to collegiality, curriculum design, anecdotal record-keeping, and integrated thematic teaching
Wide-ranging intellectual and educational interests and ability to commit to creative, integrated curriculum
Experience with and/or certified in Orff-Schulwerk, Kodály, or Dalcroze approach
Experience teaching elementary and middle-school band and/or chorus
Experience teaching K–8 general music
About The School At Columbia University
The School at Columbia University is an independent K-8 school founded in 2003 with the goal of providing an excellent education to a diverse student body. Our intentional school culture embraces shared beliefs across disciplines and grades, which underlie important values expressed through everyday behaviors and visible symbols throughout our community:
Collaboration: Encouraging creative problem-solving in dynamic groups where outcomes are not always predictable, but ultimately greater than any individual perspective could envision.
Community: Promoting inclusivity, facilitating open communication, and providing clear expectations to all members of the community to ensure a healthy, productive environment, inside and outside the school.
Diversity: Reveling in an environment of myriad learning experiences that address important aspects of diversity, including identity development, anti-bias skills, and the idea that difference is better.
Innovation: Taking thoughtful risks grounded in current research, putting new technologies to work in classrooms, and always seeking new approaches to learning to provide a meaningful 21st-century education to all students.