Founded in 1972, The Mount Vernon School is a leading private school of inquiry, innovation, and impact.
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Mount Vernon School seeks an innovative and organized Music Coordinator to architect music programming in Grades 6-12 reporting to the Director of Visual & Performing Arts. As we seek to reimagine music education, we are looking for someone who can help design a music program that balances foundational skills (music literacy, playing/singing skills, ensemble, tone) with commercial skills (songwriting, recording, audio mixing, event production). We do not seek to build a traditional program, but wonder what an innovative music program that prepares students for success in the music industry might look like. How might we provide opportunities for musical expression, collaboration through ensemble performance, and develop a love of music in Middle and Upper School students?
Versatility, collaboration, and openness to innovative ways of teaching/designing music experiences are essential. In addition to managing a team of part-time music instructors, this instructor would teach Middle School (Grade 6-8) courses during the school day and help design/manage the extra-curricular program. The ideal candidate will have a passion for teaching Middle and Upper School students, be able to connect with and motivate students in Grades 6-12, have great organizational and interpersonal skills, have an innovative/future-focused approach to music education, and be able to help design/execute arts events in collaboration with the Arts Team.
Role & Responsibilities
Design and teach Middle School general/commercial music courses
Lead 2-3 curricular ensembles and 1-2 extra curricular ensembles
Coordinate private lessons/instruction with parents, students, teachers, and private instructors
Care and nurture for the social and emotional needs of each student
Regular feedback provided verbally and through digital Altitude Learning platform
Develop common assessments and standards for musical growth at various levels
Organize & maintain music rehearsal spaces and equipment
Cultivate relationships/partnerships with local artists and arts organizations as well as professional networks (GMEA, NAfME, etc.)
Curate and share internal and external music opportunities with students and parents
Design performance season with on-campus and off-campus performance opportunities
Collaborate with colleagues in lesson planning as well as work on school wide goals
Participation on Research, Design, and Iteration teams and faculty meetings working toward school wide goals
Additional faculty duties (e.g. lunch, enrichment and carpool) and others as assigned
Passion for working with Middle School students
Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education or equivalent
5+ years of Middle School/High School music directing/teaching experience
Experience in songwriting, recording, composition, and other commercial music skill sets
Strong character with an absolute drive for excellence, a team-oriented spirit, and a commitment to meeting the learning and social-emotional needs of students
Administrative experience preferred
Masters degree preferred
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About The Mount Vernon School
Established in 1972, The Mount Vernon School, serving students in preschool through grade 12, is located in the heart of Sandy Springs within the metropolitan Atlanta area on a 37-acre campus. Throughout the School's rich history, Mount Vernon remains committed to offering an innovative educational experience for students to lead the future with confidence as they confront a fast-paced digitally based global marketplace. Mastering 21st century skills, driven by a vigorous college preparatory environment, reflects the world-class education received by students at Mount Vernon. The School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).