The Park School Music Teacher in Brookline, Massachusetts
About the Park School
The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade 8 independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education. The cornerstone of Park's program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to his or her greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park's faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.
The Park School also offers instrumental and vocal ensemble groups to students in grades four through eight. The Park School general music and elective program nurtures the love of music while laying a strong foundation for understanding musical concepts and developing musical skills. The program, in alignment with the NAfME Standards for Music Education, introduces students to the basic elements of music. These elements come to life through a diverse range of repertoire and learning experiences, which use speech, rhyme, games, singing, dance, movement, listening, stories, body percussion and musical instruments.
We seek a candidate to join our school community and work along with our music faculty to teach elementary and middle school level general music, music electives, and guitar ensemble. The incoming teacher will also direct the 4th -8th grade guitar ensemble groups. For this, we seek candidates with experience and a demonstrable talent for teaching music to both accomplished musicians and beginners. This teacher reports to the Head of the Upper Division.
Roles & Responsibilities
Teach the following courses:
4th-8th grade Guitar Ensemble
5th grade General Music
6th-8th grade music elective
6th-8th grade drumline elective
Design, plan, and implement student-centered lessons which demonstrate a deep understanding of the academic discipline, curriculum, instruction, child development, and best practices, aligned with the goals and mission of The Park School
Establish and implement expectations for student safety and conduct; and procedures and routines, consistent with School policies
Assess student performance and engagement, including academics, behavior, and social-emotional needs, while communicating directly with students, colleagues, and families both formally and informally when necessary
Oversee and serve as primary contact between home and school as an advisor of a small group of students
Collaborate with all Park School employees as appropriate
Participate in and contribute to an adult learning community by engaging in meetings, discussions, committees, task forces, and professional development.
Complete administrative tasks and coverage duties as assigned (student supervision, attendance, reporting, documenting curriculum, etc.)
Utilize feedback and reflection to improve practice and performance
Ensure that respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion, social emotional learning, and academic excellence are emphasized as core values of the School
Participate in school community activities
Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education required
Masters in Music or Music Education preferred
General music classroom teaching experience
Ability to teach guitar ensemble at both beginner and advance levels
Knowledge of digital music platforms helpful
Orff levels training, Kodaly training, and knowledge of conversational solfege helpful
Familiarity with the NAfME music education standards
Strong interpersonal skills with students, colleagues, and other adults
Strong communication skills, including experience in writing student comments and other school-related documents
Demonstrated experience working in a culturally diverse community
Motivation for and interest in professional development
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and learning
Previous experience and/or interest in athletic coaching or supporting student-led clubs, organizations and events
To apply, visit the posting on our careers page (https://www.parkschool.org/about/your-career) and click apply. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of teaching philosophy with your application.
The Park School offers competitive salaries and benefits, including a strong professional development program.
We welcome candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.
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