Department: Performing Arts Department-Lower, Middle and Upper School Bands
Location: St. Louis
Organizational Relationships: Reports to each Division Head
Summary: Teaches a wide range of ages and levels in a band program, instilling an appreciation of music and the students’ unique musical talents. Experience as an educator, with preparation and background in pedagogy related to instrumental music and ensemble performance at the secondary level are of primary importance. Has an Assistant Band Director with whom some work is shared. Nine-month teaching position.
Directs instrumental rehearsals at LS/MS/US levels.
Selects appropriate and varied repertoire to fit the instrumental needs and abilities of the students, engage their interest, and deepen their understanding of and connection to the world around them.
Assists 5th through 12th grade students in selecting and preparing literature for solo/ensemble contests and honor band auditions.
Conducts rehearsals and performances as needed for all established programs:
US Family Weekend, US Christmas, LS/MS Christmas, spring US jazz band concert, spring 4th/5th band Concert, spring MS/US band concert, and Arts in Revue.
Provides orchestra direction for spring musical production.
Coordinates instructional methods with other music faculty, where appropriate.
Handles paperwork and administrative details as needed including accounting, record keeping, emails, copying, and filing.
Oversees the care and placement of all pianos on campus, hiring a piano tuner/technician when needed.
Hires all adjudicators for the ABC Solo & Ensemble Festival and oversees the planning and hosting of the ABC Festival (annually) and the District rehearsals and concert (every other year).
Oversees maintenance of uniforms, equipment and band instruments including purchasing as necessary, assigning, labeling, inventorying, and keeping organized and in good repair.
Oversees maintenance of music scores, including ordering, filing, collecting and inventorying music after performances, and designing programs for concerts.
Coordinates the ordering of awards for the Visual & Performing department for the annual award ceremony.
Helps incorporates technology into the program.
Work-Related Expectations and Competencies:
Establishes and maintains effective relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community.
Establishes and maintains a classroom culture focused on student engagement and maintaining high standards of student behavior to create an environment of respect and rapport.
Learns and implements strategies to develop 21st Century skills in students; places intentional emphasis on student engagement and transfer of learning.
Evaluates students’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records, prepares progress reports, and takes prompt action to address academic or behavioral needs that arise.
Uses the Understanding by Design framework to develop and revise lesson plans and instructional material and provides differentiated instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student.
Attends weekly school-led professional development sessions and regular field-specific professional development workshops and conferences.
Collaborates regularly and communicates effectively with colleagues.
Uses technology to engage students and enhance instruction.
Demonstrates initiative and follow-through on professional expectations including self-reflection and evaluation maintenance of accurate records, and communication with families.
Keeps up with maintaining the requirements for faculty portfolios.
Must be able to communicate clearly through both speaking and writing.
Must be able to work independently and effectively organize and prioritize work.
Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality.
Candidates’ overall outlook and approach to life and learning are just as important to us as appropriate qualifications and experience. Principia School seeks individuals who are . . .
Positive: We appreciate team members who are optimistic, positive, and focused on elevating and bringing out the very best in themselves and others. We are a CliftonStrengths-based organization; faculty and staff are expected to understand teammates’ strengths and how they can complement each other.
Team players: The ability to collaborate and partner with peers and senior administrators is critical. The School has a strong team-centered leadership approach. Staff are expected to be able to listen, give and receive feedback, and be comfortable exchanging ideas and speaking candidly in a professional and collegial manner. They must bring a constructive outlook to partnering with a wide range of stakeholders—administrators, faculty, coaches, houseparents, marketers, and fundraisers, among others.
Innovators: Given our fast-moving, ever-changing world, all School employees are expected to demonstrate a problem-solving mindset that helps our team come up with creative solutions to challenging issues. The School emphasizes continual improvement and expects staff to have a mentality of self-improvement and organizational excellence.
Strategic thinkers: We prize the ability to consider complex topics from multiple perspectives and offer innovative solutions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Collaborates regularly and communicates effectively with colleagues; able to work independently and effectively organize and prioritize work
Uses technology to engage students and enhance instruction
Demonstrates initiative and follow-through on professional expectations including self-reflection and evaluation, maintenance of accurate records, and communication with families; must be able to maintain strict confidentiality
Communicates clearly through both speaking and writing
The Principia shall seek to serve the Cause of Christian Science through appropriate channels open to it as an educational institution (Policy 1).
Principia is a Christian Science community of practice. Through transformative opportunities, a challenging curriculum, and character education based on the teachings of Christian Science, we examine, test, and strengthen our faith while developing the skills and understanding requisite for excellence. As global, outward-looking, inspired learners, we serve and better the world.
Principia’s values, listed below, are grounded in the teachings of Christian Science:
Teaching and learning
Thinking and acting from the basis of Principle, Love
Unfoldment of character
Individual and collective excellence
Citizenship and service
Innovation and continuous improvement
Experience as an educator, with preparation and background in pedagogy related to instrumental music and ensemble performance at the secondary level
Experience directing concert and jazz bands, small ensembles, and private lessons
Ability to teach a wide variety of musical styles
A knowledge of all instruments, and experience teaching all skill levels
Professional experience a plus
Ability to work well with students including caring how you are affecting them
Note: This description includes most but not necessarily all the activities and responsibilities currently assigned to this position.