Location: Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Type: Part Time
Part Time, Salaried: The position includes four days per week in the classroom (7:45am-3:30pm), as well as recess duties, faculty meetings and additional time outside of this schedule for school community events. The position includes benefits.
Position Description: Plymouth Meeting Friends School seeks a part-time (80% FTE) General Music Teacher to engage our Pre-K through 6th Grade students in their creative exploration of musicianship. Music classes at PMFS provide students with opportunities to build skills and an appreciation of the arts, allowing them develop courage, personal growth and confidence through their participation in a community process. Music classes at PMFS include exposure to Orff instruments, recorders, untuned rhythm & percussion, and a broad array of world instruments. PMFS students perform two all-school concerts under the direction of the Music Teacher.
The Music Teacher is a member of the Specials team. They collaborate with other faculty and support classroom teachers with special activities, working to build cross-curricular connections. The Music Teacher collaborates on the production and direction of the winter singalong, all-school performances and spring arts events and productions. In addition, the Music Teacher partners with the faculty and administration to coordinate student performances at the annual PMFS Strawberry Festival.
The ideal candidate has experience teaching Music to elementary school students and the ability to work with students ages 3-11. Essential competencies include proficiency on piano and/or guitar; experience and understanding of general music instruction; comfort with ethnomusicology (world music/diversity of style, instrumentation and genre); understanding of and experience with directing/conducting young performers; and familiarity with current research and best practices in elementary education. The ideal candidate has demonstrated experience providing an immersive experience using differentiated and responsive instruction; building a safe and trusting classroom environment; working closely with colleagues in a joyful, adaptive community; facilitating social emotional learning; and supporting a schoolwide culture of belonging.
Qualifications: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in music education, performance, or related field is required. Applicants are expected to have at least three years of classroom experience. Facility with usage and integration of technology are required. A strong alignment with Quaker testimonies and progressive education—in philosophy and teaching practice-- is expected. Experience or familiarity with the Responsive Classroom approach and Orff Schulwerk are a plus. We actively seek candidates who reflect the rich diversity of our school community.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, statement of philosophy and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references to email@example.com
In keeping with the Quaker value of Equality, Plymouth Meeting Friends School is committed to the diversity, inclusion and fair treatment of all employees, students and community members. Plymouth Meeting Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, pregnancy, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status or political beliefs in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and the provision of all other benefits or services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community.