Located in San Francisco, Town School for Boys is a K-8 independent day school. Since its founding in 1939, Town School is committed to providing a dynamic and engaging environment that suits the developmental learning needs of boys. An intensive academic program is supplemented by fine arts offerings and outdoor education trips that take advantage of the school's Bay Area coastal location. Town School values academic excellence, respect for self and others, diversity and inclusivity, service learning, and character development. Town places a high value on maintaining a creative, collegial atmosphere among faculty members. There is an expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and strong support for a wide range of professional development opportunities.
Position Description Town School for Boys seeks a full-time music teacher for grades K-3 and K-4 electives to begin in the 2018-19 school year. Music is taught in all grade levels from K-8 and includes work in music history, music theory and several performances throughout the year. The school recently opened The Dolby Family Center for Performing Arts, a state-of-the art performing arts facility. Town is in the process of building out a performing arts program across grades K-8 and we seek a teacher who will contribute to the vision and creative integration of performing arts throughout the academic program. The music teacher will have the opportunity to collaborate with a theater arts teacher as well as classroom teachers across the grades. The music teacher will develop school-wide performances for the winter holiday season and Grandparents’/Special Friends’ Day, as well as other curriculum appropriate times to provide authentic performance opportunities for the boys. The position also includes offering electives in the upper school program and partnering to develop a robust after-school program. We are particularly interested in music teachers with special strengths in areas such as digital music, ensembles, and guitar. The music department consists of two full-time music teachers who collaborate on some programs and produce others independently. A bachelor’s degree in music education or related field is required; a master’s degree is strongly desired.
Candidates should have a strong background and experience in exposing students to the joy and appreciation of music through a variety of musical experiences, which include singing, moving to music, playing of instruments, listening, and performance. This individual will create a supportive and positive climate that develops in each student the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to advance his musical ability using current methodology, curricula, and materials.
Town School for Boys Mission At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.
Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: Diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential core values of Town School. The best education for our students requires a diverse experience because a broad spectrum of ideas is essential for understanding different perspectives, challenging assumptions, and inspiring curiosity, to support critical and complex thinking.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where each boy is free to be himself, and where boys are confident and secure in their own identities. We equip each boy with the tools to explore differences in experiences, background, beliefs and ideas. We seek to provide each student with the support and resources he needs to succeed and thrive at Town School.
A diverse and vibrant community is essential. To build and sustain such a community, we reach out to enroll students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and we recruit and retain faculty, staff and administrators from the same broad range of backgrounds. We cultivate an environment where every member of the Town community senses they matter as a significant part of the life of the school. Only when each person feels valued and is engaged may the school and the individual achieve their full potential.
Non-Discrimination Policy: Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts in Music or Music Education or related field required
Masters in Music or Music Education preferred
Three or more years of general music classroom teaching experience
Instrumental and vocal teaching experience grades K-8 Experience with Kodaly, Orff and/or Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Certification preferred.
A vision for a Performing Arts: Music program in the 21st century, with the ability to design, implement, and assess a sequential music program
Demonstrated ability and commitment to a classroom community respecting the diverse needs of all children through implementation of performing art knowledge gained from both Western and Non-Western history and practices. Collaborative partner with teachers to integrate and connect music across the academic program
Ability to use technology for communication and classroom purposes
In-depth knowledge and continued interest in current music education research, best practices and professional growth Strong work ethic, sense of humor, and a kind spirit Experience in playing the piano, guitar, and other instruments Familiarity with the NAfME Standards, and the National Core Music Education Standards
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
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About Town School for Boys
Since its founding in 1939, Town School is committed to providing a dynamic and engaging environment that suits the developmental learning needs of boys. An intensive academic program is supplemented by fine arts offerings and outdoor education trips that take advantage of the school's Bay Area coastal location. Town School values academic excellence, respect for self and others, diversity and inclusivity, service learning, and character development. Town places a high value on maintaining a creative, collegial atmosphere among faculty members. There is an expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and strong support for a wide range of professional development opportunities.