The Middle School/High School Choral Teacher is responsible for directing and co-directing the middle school choruses and the high school concert choir, teaching students in Grades 5-12. The post holder will work as part of a two-person choir director team and in close collaboration with the wider music and performing arts department. The ASL performing arts department utilizes the American ensemble approach of music education, in which students develop their musical understanding through performance in a large ensemble, therefore, the post holder should be familiar with large-group instruction and possess outstanding conducting skills.
The School aims to provide an outstanding American education in an international setting. Students at ASL study a curriculum that employs North American educational philosophy and teaching methods.
Summary of major responsibilities:
Direct and co-direct the middle and high school choirs, coordinating and promoting performances at various school-related events and concerts
Prepare courses and plan curriculum with other members of the department, and liaise with other departments, as appropriate
Exhibit knowledge of current trends, pedagogy, research and topics of importance in the teaching of music by applying it in the classroom and sharing it with teachers on a departmental and school-wide basis
Monitor and evaluate students’ progress, and prepare for parent conferences, grade assessments, and complete report cards, etc.
Serve as musical director for the middle and high school musical theater productions, alternating with the other choir director
Prepare students for middle and high school musical productions, honor choir festivals, and the annual high school Music Tour, and traveling to those events taking place off campus
Assume responsibility for the safety and well-being of all students, while delivering an engaging and challenging curriculum
Participate actively in the life of the School, through attendance at events, committee membership and leadership of extracurricular activities
Any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job, as requested by the director of teaching and learning or MS/HS principals
A bachelor’s degree in music or related educational field
Substantive and demonstrable music teaching experience in a school setting, including extensive experience directing student choirs
Excellent knowledge of vocal pedagogy and technique
Experience with teaching extraordinarily large ensemble classes with a wide range of abilities
Knowledge of the US educational philosophy, and the National Core Arts Standards
Significant recent professional development and knowledge of best practice in music education
Excellent computer skills and integration of technology into the curriculum
Strong oral and written communication skills
Outstanding collaborative skills and a desire to work in a team-focused environment
Willingness and enthusiasm to participate in wider school life (musical theater, coaching, club sponsorship, etc.)
Demonstrable commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
An advanced degree in music or related educational field
Proficient piano skills
Experience in a school with a similar teaching philosophy to that of ASL, which employs comparable teaching methods and curricula, or to have received training that will adequately prepare the candidate for the American style of teaching required by the School
Familiarity with music notation software and music technology applications
Ability to lead smaller vocal ensembles specializing in chamber music, vocal jazz, and other music styles from around the world
Ability to teach other musical electives such as music technology or music theory
This position description is current at the date shown but following consultation may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the role that are commensurate with the job title and salary.
The American School in London is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all trustees, employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All new appointments will be subject to appropriate checks: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS enhanced), Disqualification by Association Self-Declaration, Declaration of Criminal Record, checks against the Prohibition List (Teacher Status Checks) including Identity, Address, Date of Birth, a Full Employment History, Right to Work in the UK, overseas checks where applicable, EEA checks, at least 2 references (one with current or most recent employer, where appropriate) and original documentation of Qualifications (where appropriate). For positions into Senior Management a Prohibition From Management Check (s128 Directive) will also be undertaken.
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About The American School in London
Welcome to ASL!
The American School in London empowers each student to thrive as a lifelong learner and courageous global citizen by fostering intellect, creativity, inclusivity and character. The success of our school lies in the dynamic student-teacher relationship. We deliver a creative and inquiry-based curriculum, while encouraging the pursuit of personal and academic excellence. We are therefore committed to hiring and retaining faculty who are leaders in their fields and are skilled in bringing out the very best in each student, every day.
ASL was founded in 1951 by Stephen L. Eckard, an American journalist and teacher, who opened the School with a handful of students in his Knightsbridge flat. With a steadfast determination to take advantage of all the cultural opportunities that London has to offer, Eckard’s aspirations for his burgeoning school stand true today, nearly 70 years later.
London is one of the most exciting cities in which to acquire an education, and today’s students, like those who went before, make this hub of international activity their extended classroom, seizing advantage of its abundance of history, science, theater, sports and culture. London... is the perfect seedbed for raising tomorrow’s innovators, explorers, thinkers, collaborators and communicators.
Our world is forever changing, and serving the needs of the students in our care is at the heart of everything we do. The school’s program combines nurture of the individual with engaging learning experiences in a supportive and involved community. We embrace our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Integrity and the Courage to Act. At ASL, we are dedicated to participating fully in life within the School, and making a difference in the world beyond. Our students are regularly involved in the service of others; they are eager to move out of their comfort zones to help those in local neighborhoods and across the globe. And when it’s time to leave our school, ASL alumni go out into the world fully equipped for the challenges that lie ahead, and with a passion for lifelong learning entrenched in their mindset.
Families who join our community look back on their time here with deep gratitude for the enduring friendships made, the host of memories treasured, and the outstanding education delivered by beloved teachers. ASL is not just a school; it is a community of learners and leaders, drivers and dreamers. We hope you’ll visit us soon to learn more.