The Independent Day School seeks an energetic, versatile, and motivated Choral and General Music teacher for the 2021-22 school year. The position will include general music at the elementary level (Pre-K to Grade 5) and elementary (Gr 3-5) and middle school (Gr 6-8) choral ensembles. The teacher will be expected to nurture understanding and appreciation of music. The teacher will present student performances for community events and participate in music festivals and other professional activities.
About IDS: The Independent Day School community supports and values the arts. We strive to nurture the interests, growth, and accomplishments of each student in and through the arts.
Teacher duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Serve as general music teacher for PreK-5, as well as the music director/conductor for the grade 3-5 chorus and the Middle School chorus.
Collaborate with colleagues to organize and direct school-wide events such as concerts, the school talent show, special events, etc.
Teach the foundations and fundamental principles of music focused on music theory, basic notation, rhythm, meter, musical understanding, harmony, exploration, pitch, duration, timbre, texture, and choral music through engaging and developmentally appropriate lesson plans and learning activities.
Teach and explore various genres of musical expression and the significance of each, as well as the significance of music throughout history.
Select and utilize appropriate music, books, and instructional resources to enhance learning.
Provide individual and small group musical instruction.
Provide students the freedom to explore and express themselves musically.
Maintain and care for any school-owned musical property (instruments and equipment).
Plan for and coordinate musical programs for school assemblies, open house, seasonal programs and concerts; plan for and conduct an annual school-wide performance in December; plan and conduct an annual spring choral and instrumental concert.
Regularly communicate with parents and school staff regarding individual student progress.
Establish a positive learning environment.
Encourage and maintain the cooperative involvement and support of parents and the community.
Perform extra duties within the community such as supervision of recess.
Attend divisional meetings and all school faculty meetings.
Participate in faculty professional development programs.
Demonstrated excellence in teaching general and choral music
Demonstrated understanding of growth and development in relationship to music learning
Proven musicianship skills in vocal performance & piano accompaniment
Evidence of ability to work cooperatively with administrators, teachers, and educational assistants.
Knowledge of differing styles and primary/elementary/middle school repertoire of music is required.
Evidence of organizational ability and capacity to pursue tasks to successful completion
Exemplifies helping students develop positive self-concepts and social/emotional skills
Demonstrates capacity to promote the independence of each student as a learner and to effectively assess student needs and progress
Effective communication with students, parents. and colleagues
BA in related field required
About The Independent Day School
The Independent Day School is a Pre-K – Grade 8 school located in central Connecticut (30 minutes from New Haven, 30 minutes from Hartford). Founded in 1961 by families associated with Wesleyan University and Choate, IDS has a long tradition of innovative, student-centered education focused on academic excellence and social-emotional learning. The recent development of four Centers of Excellence for Environmental Literacy, Global Citizenship and Cultural Studies, Creative Arts, and Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship provides faculty and administrators with new frameworks for curricular and instructional advancement.
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