Teaching Artist, The Michael J. Perkins School
Handel and Haydn Society | Teaching Artist, The Michael J. Perkins School Reports to: Vice President of Education and Community Engagement Position description: The Handel and Haydn Society seeks a teaching artist to educate, inspire, and engage students in weekly music classes. Students are in grades K0-6 at the Michael J. Perkins School in South Boston. The successful candidate has a strong background in the major elementary general music methodologies; approaches their work with equity at the core and a desire to further justice through their music classroom; prioritizes singing and the development of the voice in their teaching practice, and is well-versed in elementary level repertoire and materials. The Teaching Artist engages students in developing music literacy skills, experiencing the joy of music through active participation and hands-on learning activities, and exposure to live music performances by professional musicians. This comprehensive approach to music education, delivered through a sequential, student-centered curriculum and live music performance, provides exciting enhancements to the school's dynamic culture and supports the social, emotional, academic, and artistic growth of its students from an early age. The Teaching Artist teaches twelve (12) classes weekly during the school day. Scheduling is flexible based on the availability of the artist and alignment with the school schedule. Instruction takes place with the classroom teacher present. Should distance learning be incorporated into the student experience, the Teaching Artist will adapt their instruction for this environment. Qualifications: A passion for sharing music with all people, in particular with children. Prior experience teaching in a youth educational setting, preferably in an urban environment at the elementary level. Experience with remote instruction is desirable. Collegiate study in music and/or education is preferred. Vocal/choral artists are especially encouraged to apply. Demonstrated knowledge of music pedagogy and expertise with Gordon's "Music Learning Theory," First Steps in Music, Conversational Solfege, and/or the Kodaly method is highly desirable. Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to and engage young children with genuine warmth and energy and to create positive workplace relationships. Enthusiasm for working collaboratively with school communities. Exceptional communication skills and attention to detail. Pro-active approach, flexibility, reliability, ability to work independently, and positive attitude are extremely important. Sensitivity to, appreciation for, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students. Fluency in Spanish, Cape Verdean, Vietnamese, Haitian, or Mandarin is desirable. Authentic interest in advocacy for music education and the Handel and Haydn Society. Duties: Deliver curriculum and instruction in music literacy and singing that is culturally relevant, joyful, and challenging to the students at the Michael J. Perkins School, beginning in the 2022-23 school year. The teaching schedule is to be set by the Perkins School and Handel and Haydn Society administrations. Maintain lesson plans and collaborate with classroom teachers to incorporate themes from other areas of the students' learning as much as possible. Prepare and lead students in performances for the school community and other engagements, including in collaboration with other musicians of H+H. Maintain a weekly journal to record anecdotal data on program developments and student performance and develop relevant tools for measurement and assessment that are useful in evaluating student progress and the effectiveness of teaching practice. Attend school celebrations, special events, meetings and other functions deemed necessary by the Perkins School and Handel and Haydn Society administrations. Be available to meet with Board members, donors, and funders during the year and participate in events that maintain and cultivate interest in the H+H Education Program. Act as a representative of H+H at social events, educational meetings, and/or conferences. Other duties as assigned. Compensation: Salary for 1.5 teaching days per week: $15,500-17,500 annually, paid biweekly on Fridays The Handel and Haydn Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace by maintaining a staff that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston.
The Michael J Perkins School