Stevens Cooperative School is seeking an experienced music specialist for our multi campus school. We are looking for a music teacher who will create a fun, educational and safe environment for children to explore the world of music. We are looking for patient musicians with a flair for drama, enjoy playing music games, reading stories and inspiring young children. We seek an experienced teacher with a successful track record to teach music to 3 year olds through 1st grade students and choir in 7th and 8th grade. We are looking for candidates with intelligence, energy, optimism, creativity, excellent relationship skills, a collaborative approach and a passion for fostering a strong culture of student engagement in learning, in close alignment with our mission.
We are looking for a professional who is energetic, has a positive attitude, and is a self-starter. Working with young students in an engaging manner and fostering a love for music and instilling confidence in the program with parents is required. Candidates should be creative and flexible, and have strong organizational and classroom management skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary in order to develop interpersonal relationships with faculty, parents, and students.
Develop and teach a music curriculum that provides students the opportunity to develop their skills, literacy, and knowledge of music in its many forms, while fostering the learning and growth of all students through the process of creating, exploring, and engaging with music.
Create a warm and welcoming class environment in which young children can feel safe
Promote and advance the cognitive, emotional, social and physical well being of the students during music.
Introduce children to various musical performers and styles and teach students about creating, performing and listening to music.
Use hands-on activities to teach children pitch, rhythm and music notation.
Maintain the music classroom in a clean, attractive and functional manner
Ensure student progress and growth toward stated objectives of instruction.
Employ instructional method and materials that are most appropriate for meeting stated objectives including positive attitudes toward learning.
Develops effective procedures for the management of the classroom and following school routines
Assess student learning and provide written evidence of student learning for the student progress reports at two different times during the year
Communicate regularly with classroom teachers about their students and how things are going in music, as well as communicating about curriculum so that integration can take place if possible.
Maintain consistent language when speaking with students as the classroom teachers use.
The music teacher is also responsible for planning and orchestrating some celebrations each year: the lower school sing-along and the choir performance as part of the spring concert in May/June.
Must have a background in the arts (theater, art, music, etc…)
Effective time management and organizational skills to keep a group of students engaged
Able to thrive working in a team environment, working and adapting quickly in a fast-paced environment
Must demonstrate an understanding of basic music concepts and be able to communicate those concepts in a developmentally appropriate and age appropriate manner with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Must play a musical instrument – piano, keys, or guitar preferred
Must be able to sing a cappella (unaccompanied)
Must demonstrate the ability to run basic sound equipment and computers
Demonstrable knowledge of music curriculum and the ability to implement it
Strong organizational skills
A bachelor's degree in music education or a related field
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
To start January 2021. This position is for the remainder of the year, but with strong consideration for the search that will be conducted for the 2021-22 school year.
Standard work hours and vacation as per the Faculty/Staff Handbook
About Stevens Cooperative School
Stevens Cooperative School is a private (independent) school for two-year-olds through 8th grade with campuses in Hoboken and Newport, Jersey City, NJ. Founded in 1949, Stevens is the oldest parent cooperative school in New Jersey. Originally an informal playgroup for children of the faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology, the school has grown into a full nursery, elementary and middle school, with more than 430 students. The school’s model for education fosters creativity and depth of thinking where the student voice can flourish. Stevens is accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. The Stevens community consists of a diverse population of families representing a broad range of towns including Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, Bayonne, West New York, Cliffside Park and other NJ locations and Manhattan.
For more information about Stevens, please visit www.stevenscoop.org.