This full-time, interim position requires the teacher to teach Middle School music in an environment that values collaboration, curricular integration, and differentiated instruction. The teacher will teach general, choral, and instrumental music classes to fifth and sixth graders and quarterly music-related electives to seventh and eighth graders. The electives will include a multi-quarter musical theatre production co-taught with the School’s Theatre Integration Specialist and Visual Arts Integration Specialist.
The Middle School music teacher collaborates with artistic and academic colleagues to develop natural, relevant, effective, and appropriate connections between musical instruction/performance opportunities and students' academic coursework. In addition, the music teacher supports the School’s chapel program by preparing Middle School students to contribute to the Episcopal Schools Sunday service (October), the Lessons & Carols chapel service (December), and the Sheepfold service (May). A separate chapel musician supports chapel services; however, occasional musical assistance is needed in daily chapel from the Middle School music teacher.
The Middle School music teacher continues the work begun in Primary and Lower School by deepening students’ choral and instrumental skills, nurturing an appreciation for and interest in the arts, demonstrating a commitment to the growth and developmental needs of pre- and early-adolescent children, and enthusiastically sharing passion for the arts with the School community.
A Bachelor’s degree in music education or performance required; an advanced degree preferred.
Two-to-four years of experience teaching music, preferably in a school environment with pre- and early-adolescent students.
Knowledge/competence in developing healthy vocal techniques and proper classroom instrument techniques in young musicians is required.
Background training and certification in a major method of music education (i.e., the Kodaly or Orff methods) is desired.
Piano accompaniment skills and experience conducting small choral and instrumental ensembles are preferred.
Knowledge of and experience with multicultural music forms from around the world.
Demonstrated ability to design and deliver lessons in hybrid/blended and online learning environments.
Must meet minimum technology proficiency standards, including the ability to work in online Student Information and Learning Management Systems, to schedule and conduct classes via Microsoft Teams and Zoom, and to use the Microsoft 365 suite.
Ability to lift approximately 30 lbs.
Ability to work for extended periods of time, including weeknights and weekends when required.
Ability to work with children and adults in indoor and outdoor settings.
Ability to work in on-campus, home, day trip, and overnight trip settings.
St. John’s is an independent, coeducational Episcopal school serving up to 500 students in grades pre-k through eight. Located in a park-like setting on 10 acres in East Dallas, the School offers its employees and students a supportive esprit de corps fueled by a common mission – one dedicated to a program of academic excellence designed to train the mind, strengthen the character, and enrich the spirit of each student in a Christian environment. We think of St. John’s not only as a School, but also as a very special kind of community. We seek to employ people who – regardless of the role they play in the School – understand that they impact the lives of our students, families, and colleagues. The St. John’s Code calls us to model honesty and respectfulness in our relationships, responsibility in the performance of our assignments, and a caring attitude that extends to all members of our community. Do you dream of becoming the best educator you can be? Of coming to work each day with a sense of mastery, belonging, and purpose? Of working with fun, collegial, collaborative, growth-minded professionals? If so, you could thrive at St. John’s.
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