The Kew-Forest School seeks a Lower School Music Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year who is passionate about music, dynamic, innovative, and enthusiastic about teaching young children. We are looking for a professional who will inspire in young students a love and appreciation of music and instill musical literacy through a variety of experiences, including singing, movement, playing instruments, listening, and performing.
Teaching Preschool (3-year olds) through Fifth Grade general music classes (with a possibility for teaching some Middle School classes, depending on experience and interest)
Developing curricula and implementing lessons that incorporate a range of learning approaches and differentiation opportunities to excite and engage students, paying particular attention to the importance of multicultural approaches
Providing a student-centered classroom environment with a positive approach to discipline
Preparing students and coordinating various performances/Assemblies/shows throughout the year
Collaborating with classroom and specialist teachers as we continually search for innovative ways to educate the whole child
Keeping anecdotal and assessment records to inform thoughtful, comprehensive reports and ongoing parent communication
Fulfilling duties, responsibilities, and commitments as outlined in the Employee Handbook
The ideal applicant will possess the following:
A degree in music or music education, with masters work preferred
Working knowledge of and/or certification in various pedagogical approaches to teaching music (e.g., Kodaly, Dalcroze, Orff, etc.)
Instrumental and choral experience, including piano skills
Successful experience as a music classroom teacher
An understanding of the early childhood and elementary developmental stages
Dedication to cultivating a lifelong love of learning and music
An inspiring, innovative, and nurturing teaching style a genuine interest in working with this age group and engaging students in meaningful ways
The ability to work well with parents and colleagues
Strong communication and leadership skills
A commitment to life-long learning, including ongoing professional development
Please email a resume, cover letter, and list of at least three references to Karin Bernstein, Head of Lower School (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include “LS Music Teacher” in the subject line.
The Kew-Forest School is an independent, coed, college preparatory school for students in Preschool through Grade 12, established in 1918 to serve the Kew Gardens/Forest Hills community of Queens. Today, the Kew-Forest student body is one of the most diverse and international to be found at any independent school in the country. Kew-Forest students have varied cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and a majority are multilingual. At Kew-Forest, our mission is to do more than just educate—it is to deeply inspire. Through challenging, thought-provoking curriculum taught in a vibrant multicultural community, we have created a truly unique learning environment. Students are encouraged to ask questions, to challenge the norm, and to try new things every day, so learning is perpetually exciting and rewarding. Please learn more about our school at kewforest.org.
The Kew-Forest School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
About The Kew-Forest School
The Kew-Forest School was founded in its current location in 1918 by Louis D. Marriott and Guy Hinman Catlin. Their objective was to establish “a country day school which has modern equipment, high standards of scholarship and discipline, and a sincere spirit of service.” Kew-Forest opened its doors to neighborhood residents and currently has students from Forest Hills and 40 other communities in Queens, as well as areas of Brooklyn, Long Island, Bronx and Manhattan. Today, the Kew-Forest student body is one of the most diverse and international to be found at any independent school in the country. Kew-Forest students have varied cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and a majority are multilingual. The current school building, anchored by the original brick building of Georgian architecture, includes lower and upper school wings, a gymnasium/auditorium, a library wing, and a laboratory building on two acres of land. Kew-Forest is in close proximity to public transportation.
The Kew-Forest School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the New York State Department ...of Education. The School is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York (GISNY).
MISSION The Kew-Forest School is an intimate early childhood through 12th grade learning community that is small by design, inclusive, and globally representative. Kew-Forest provides a safe, nurturing, and intellectually vigorous environment that inspires every student to explore and expand creative interests, to apply courageous and innovative thinking, and to become an ethical contributor to ever-widening communities. Kew-Forest students develop the skills necessary for pursuing higher education and for acquiring the essential competencies of a responsible citizen.