Pilgrim’s Mission: The mission of Pilgrim School is to nurture the mind, spirit, and moral awareness of each student.
Immediate Supervisor: Director of Elementary & Early Education
Summary of the Position: At Pilgrim School, the success of our students is directly connected to the success of our teachers. As such, the Early Ed-3rd Grade Music Teacher is responsible for the creative growth of the students at our school. The ages of these students range from 2 year olds to 8 year olds. The teacher is part of a team and must be able to work collaboratively with others to plan and implement age appropriate lessons, use a standards based grading system, and implement curriculum as established by the school, state, and nation. The Music Teacher is a part of the larger Pilgrim School Community and are expected to participate in school events as proposed by the Director of the program. Communication with parents, too, is an integral part of the job and this individual must be willing to communicate directly, honestly, and frequently.
Teaching Credential preferred and years experience is considered.
Speciality in Music; desire to support creativity in young children through expression in music.
Knowledge and experience in choral music, instrumental music, Rhythm & Movement, incorporating Technology (garage band, etc), and Orff Methods (or other).
3 or more years experience in Independent Schools (No Independent School experience will be considered).
Familiarity with National Arts Standards
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Duties and Responsibilities of the Music Teacher (Grades Toddler-Grade 3) include but are not limited to:
Create a healthy and safe learning environment that demonstrates respect for all and supports student success.
Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
Resolving Conflicts between students by addressing complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts.
Planning & Teaching
Prepare materials and lessons for class activities.
Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting integrative learning, following approved curricula.
Use formative and summative assessments to evaluate and report on student progress throughout the school year.
Plan and supervise class projects, Winter and Spring concerts, and other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
Participation in weekly Professional Learning Community activities
Desire to grow professionally
Communicate and partner effectively with Head of Elementary Division, parents, and fellow faculty to support student learning.
Collaborate with Secondary Music Teacher on projects, school wide concerts, and curriculum planning.
Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of elementary school programs.
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence.
Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.
Learning Strategies -- Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Active Listening -- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Time Management -- Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing -- Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Technology - ability to use technological tools to enhance student learning.
English Language -- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Music Instruction - Knowledge in a variety pedogogical practice around inspiring children in music. Focus on creativity in expression and process of creation, not on product though skills are to be assessed. Experience in coordinating all school performance (concerts), instrumental music, Orff Methodology, or other pedagogy.
Candidates advancing to demonstration teaching round during the interview process will be required to provide two or three professional references.
Interview Process & Estimated Timeline for Hiring
Position Posted April 2, 2019-April 18, 2019
Resumes reviewed and top 15 candidates telephone screened by April 26, 2019.
Round 1 Interviews with 6-8 candidates.
Round 2 Interviews and Demonstration lessons.
Position filled by June 8, 2019.
Full Time Position, Excellent Benefits, Sick Days, Personal Days, Retirement Program.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to:
Pilgrim School, founded in 1958, is an independent, co-educational school for students in Preschool through Grade 12 that includes an international high school boarding program. The school is cradled in Wilshire Center, 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, and attracts a student body as varied as the city's population. Pilgrim is the only accredited K-12 independent school within the urban core of Los Angeles.