A part-time(hourly)Music/Orchestra Teacher position is needed for the 2018-2019 School Year.
We believe children have an innate desire to express themselves through music. Music making nurtures self expression for the individual and the Group. Combined with teacher and peer encouragement, students’ musical interests are fostered through various activities and discussions throughout their years at C&C. Participation in ensembles (instrumental and choral) develops children’s sense of responsibility, participation, collaboration, and cooperation. City and Country’s Music program has its roots in traditional American folk music. Many of the traditional songs we sing at assemblies and in Music classes come from a songbook created at C&C. In an effort to create a more diverse music curriculum, songs from a variety of cultures have also been added to the School’s repertoire. The overarching goal of the program is to create and sustain a vibrant music community in which students are confident to express themselves individually and together through music. Within this context, we also strive to develop musically literate individuals.
City and Country has a long history of offering Afterschool private music lessons. Students may choose to study voice, violin, cello, piano, guitar, ukulele, or recorder with C&C music faculty and share their repertoire in twice-yearly recitals.
The part-time (hourly) Music Teacher/Orchestra Teacher position responsibilities include:
Cultivating a lifelong love of learning and music
Teaching Music classes (exact ages TBD, age range includes ages 6-13)
Teaching and co-conducting Xs (5th grade) Orchestra section
Teaching and co-conducting Upper School (6th-8th grades) Orchestra section
Arranging music for Upper School Orchestra and Xs Strings Ensemble
Communicating effectively and establishing strong working partnership with families, students, colleagues, and administrators
Writing reports and conducting Parent/Teacher Conferences
Working collaboratively with Music Team to select music for collaborative performances, align curriculum vertically, organize music-related trips/experiences, and purchase materials within yearly budget
Creating and revising curriculum
Attending some All Staff, Faculty, Professional Development, and New Teacher Orientation meetings
Additional hours for concert practice, concert rehearsal, and concerts are to be expected
Possibility of facilitating Upper School Music Elective class for 12 and 13 year-olds
Possibility of orchestrating the music portion of the XIIIs Graduation
C&C Music Teachers have the option of facilitating Afterschool private music lessons for additional compensation
Opportunity to substitute for Music Team absences for additional compensation
Requirements for the position:
Ability to articulate C&C's philosophy and practice
Knowledge of developmental stages of children ages 6-13
Experience teaching elementary and middle school students
Effective classroom management skills
Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
Willingness to work in close collaboration with colleagues and children
Ability to differentiate instruction from a progressive perspective
Experience developing music curriculum, examining curriculum alignment, and engaging in the curriculum revision process
Training in the Orff approach, Kodaly method, and Dalcroze method preferred
About City and Country School
City and Country School is an independent, progressive school for children ages 2-13 in Greenwich Village. Children at City and Country develop responsibility and a strong sense of community through group experiences such as block building and work with other open-ended materials in the Lower School, and group jobs in the Middle and Upper School. Through trips, books and opportunities for other first-hand experiences, children learn to ask questions and conduct meaningful research. An underlying respect for children, the group process, and a social-studies driven, interdisciplinary approach are among the hallmarks of our program.