Westtown School is seeking an experienced Lower School General and Vocal Music Teacher beginning August 2021.
Westtown School is an independent Quaker, co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, offers a challenging and diverse curriculum that emphasizes action-based education, critical thinking, collaboration, service, and social action. Committed to character innovation since 1799, Westtown inspires and prepares students to become stewards and leaders of a better world.
As Westtown strives to fulfill our commitment to being an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) school, we are seeking educators with a demonstrated commitment to and ongoing professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice which is evidenced in their personal and professional interactions, curriculum, and pedagogy.
The successful candidate will join a team of experienced arts educators committed to developing the individual artistic voice in each student. We seek a music educator with an interest in pedagogy, an understanding of art as a tool for understanding and social change, a commitment to the joyful collaboration of music-making for individuals and within the Lower School community, and leadership of a program that allows for reflection and growth while developing essential musical skills.
Providing progressive general music instruction to grades pre-K through 5th
Igniting a love of music in children
Leading community singing during Lower School Gathering
Contributing to building and sustaining an inclusive community and a program which reflects diverse cultures and perspectives
Facilitating the administering and scoring of the Instrument Timbre Preference Test for rising fourth graders and incoming students
Facilitating the administering and scoring the Primary Measures of Music Audiation and Intermediate Measures of Music Audiation tests
Serving as a core Lower School faculty member with divisional community responsibilities (e.g., lunch/recess/arrival/dismissal duties, faculty meetings, team meetings and collaborative projects)
Working closely with the Lower and Middle School Instrumental Music Teacher to create a cohesive and inclusive music program in the Lower and Middle Schools;
Coordinating with the three-divisional Arts Department Co-chairs and the Lower, Middle, and Upper School Music Faculty to ensure coherence in the music program across the whole school.
BA or BM degree; advanced degree in Music Education preferred - experience with Music Learning Theory a plus
A minimum of 3-5 years of classroom teaching and conducting experience
Experience with and commitment to working with Lower School students, including understanding of their developmental, social, and academic needs
Expertise and experience in introductory teaching of general music
Expertise and experience in preparing students for performance, including selection of appropriate music and building skills in singing as an ensemble
Demonstrated growth in anti-bias anti-racist practices in music education
Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s values
Westtown welcomes diverse candidates and encourages them to apply. Westtown does not discriminate in hiring, and is committed to fostering an inclusive community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices.
Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.
Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.