Beaver Country Day School—an independent day school located just outside of Boston, serving grades 6-12—seeks a creative, innovative, and forward-thinking Middle and Upper School Instrumental Music Teacher. This is a full-time position that will report directly to the Head of Performing Arts.
About Our School & Our People:
We are not your typical independent school. We think (and operate) more like a start-up. Our business is providing a future-focused education rooted in real-world context and experience and our clients are our students. The Beaver mindset and approach to teaching place our students at the center of learning experiences in all settings, curricular and co-curricular.
Our students in grades 6-12 are interesting and passionate individuals, who, above all, are genuinely happy to be at Beaver. We provide students with opportunities to be co-creators of their learning, making it a deeper, more meaningful experience. We are committed to providing an educational environment in tune with the real world and doing authentic work.
Our teachers and educational leaders are committed to—and excited about— expanding the nature of school, and igniting and fueling the passions of all our students.
Our mindset is to make excellent mistakes, launch/test/refine, and not be defined by binary thinking. Instead, we look to approach things from a both/and outlook: tradeoffs don’t have to be the answer and instead, that’s where creativity comes in. We are a community of creative thinkers and doers.
Our values include collaboration, partnership, and above all, creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for our community. This work is a priority and steadfast commitment. It is never “done”, and we will always make decisions with this at the core of who we are. For all Beaver students to feel a sense of belonging, it’s important that they see themselves reflected in the community, curriculum, and all our programming.
Our goal every day is to create a school that is making an impact – for our students, and for education as a whole. We don’t take that work lightly, we need people that are relentlessly committed to it and excited to do this work—together.
About the Position:
The upper school component of this position includes teaching instrumental ensembles composed of mixed instrumentation and ranging in size from 3-16 students. Our student-centered curriculum focuses on integrating music theory, instrumental technique, rehearsal/performance skills, and improvisation skills while exploring the cultural and historical context of the repertoire. This inclusive program utilizes components from classical music traditions as well as contemporary styles such as jazz and blues as vehicles to develop students’ technique and creative processes. Classes endeavor to expose our students to a wide variety of repertoire (jazz, rock, funk, latin, classical, film scores, musical theater, etc), regardless of instrumentation therefore proficiency in arranging is essential. There are 3 formal concerts a year.
Although we encourage all strong candidates to apply regardless of their primary instrument, the ideal candidate would also join the middle school program, teaching either beginning/intermediate woodwind (flute, clarinet) or strings (violin, viola, cello) class, depending on the expertise of the teacher, as part of our curricular instrumental and choral music program. This position is part of a team including choral, percussion, and brass teachers who collaborate to develop a shared curriculum, pedagogy, and culture for the music program. Instead of formal concerts, we produce three "Exhibits" a year, focusing on exposing the process of learning music to the community.
Our ideal candidate will demonstrate
- a passion for teaching middle and high school students.
- expertise with music curriculum and pedagogy including curriculum planning and assessment.
- experience teaching a variety of music genres and instruments in a group setting.
- proficiency in teaching a range of skills such as reading standard notation in the classical tradition, as well as improvisational techniques for contemporary styles such as blues and jazz.
- proficiency in arranging for various instrumentation formats.
- the ability to differentiate instruction for various learning styles and skill levels.
- excellent musicianship and artistry as a performer.
- the ability to hold students to high performance standards.
- the ability to showcase the department at school-wide events and strong public speaking skills.
- strong interpersonal, organizational, and management skills.
Additional things to know
- We take cleaning and building safety seriously, you can feel confident in an attentive and flexible
- Generous Benefits (Health, Dental and more) For more information visit our website model of work that prioritizes our community health at every step.
- Breakfast and lunch provided, as well as coffee and snacks.
- Free parking, and close to the green line T
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