The Calhoun School, a progressive independent school located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, is seeking a full-time permanent Lower School Music Teacher starting August 2018.
The successful candidate will have a passion for working with Lower School students in an innovative, supportive environment. Calhoun inspires a passion for learning through a progressive approach to education that values intellectual pursuit, creativity, diversity and community involvement. Teaching and learning begin with the needs, interests, questions and diverse life experiences of the individual. Calhoun is committed to developing a sense of empathy, equity and justice among students. The Lower School Music Teacher reports directly to the Director of the Lower School.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIES
Cultivating a lifelong love of learning and music;
Teaching music to 3rd-5th grade students in a classroom setting with a primary focus on singing, movement, and recorder;
Leading grade sing-alongs and coordinating regular Lower School wide performances and/or rehearsal based assemblies;
Leading community performances – ie. Halloween themed “Hauntcert”, “Winter Sing”, “Spring Sing”
Developing curricula and implementing lessons that incorporate a range of learning approaches to both support and challenge diverse learners to reach their fullest potential;
Presenting Music curriculum to parents on curriculum evenings
Collaborating with cluster advisors and other specialist teachers to coordinate music activities as they relate to the broader life of the school
Keeping anecdotal and assessment records to inform thoughtful, comprehensive reports;
Fulfilling duties, responsibilities and commitments as outlined in the Employee Handbook;
Ongoing parent communication;
Commitment to school-wide initiatives and participation in school wide professional development days.
Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree (or degree in progress) preferred;
Commitment to diversity, collegiality and school mission;
Experience teaching Music, preferably in a progressive environment;
Candidates will have a deep appreciation for student-centered, engaging and innovative teaching practices.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
Ability to lead with grace, humor and humility;
Strong affinity for, and commitment to, progressive, humanistic education;
Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities;
Interest in teaching and working with Lower School students;
Passion for Music, and for Vocal Arts in particular, with proficiency in keyboard skills;
Ability to work in a collaborative, open working environment.
Commitment to Diversity Work
Calhoun is committed to addressing issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and anti-bias education in our curriculum and in our community. Teachers must be willing learners and participants in supporting this work.