Harvard-Westlake, a coed, independent school in Los Angeles serving nearly 1600 students in grades 7-12, seeks to hire an exceptional and highly qualified educator for a full-time teaching position in the Upper School Performing Arts Department (grades 10-12). The ideal candidate should have advanced training in a well-rounded variety of musical forms and modalities with a demonstrated knowledge in best practices instructing adolescents in instrumental music. We seek someone with experience leading a large and highly successful instrumental music program. Duties include but are not limited to ensemble coordination, auditioning and building ensembles, rehearsal direction, conducting, as well as organizing and leading all performances both on and off campus. Teaching various levels of big bands, wind ensembles, and smaller, auditioned jazz combos and chamber groups; cutting edge, and classic music from the canon of Black American Music; ensemble playing, improvisation, music theory, ear-training, composition, and music production. We are open to both professional musicians seeking to transition to full time teaching, as well as experienced teachers seeking to increase the scope and scale of their career in education. Those with experience as a department chair, directing pit orchestras, planning tours and festivals, are of interest as well.
The responsibilities of this position include the leadership, oversight, and vision for the scope and sequence of the nationally renowned upper school jazz and instrumental music program, a true center of excellence at Harvard-Westlake School. The appointee will enjoy creative autonomy over an excellent jazz program and classical wind ensemble with deep roots in both Los Angeles as well as the national high school music landscape. A staff of 3-5 professional musicians works with the instrumental director in providing jazz combo and chamber music coaching, private lessons, sectionals, and supplemental instruction outside of the confines of the regular curricular schedule.
We seek a candidate who will strive to build partnerships as well as a highly collaborative classroom working environment with the student musicians; inspiring, mentoring, and guiding them on a journey to find their own voice through creative expression on a musical instrument.
Bachelor’s Degree in music performance or music education; Master’s Degree or extensive experience in the field; 3-5 years teaching in a rigorous academic environment;
Expertise on a wind or brass instrument as well as enough proficiency on at least one instrument of the rhythm section, i.e. piano, to assist in rehearsals, teaching, and ensemble coaching;
Experience and expertise teaching music; including technique, music theory, ear training, performance, recording, music production and collaboratively building, producing, and directing both large and small ensemble concerts;
Demonstrated commitment to tangible skill development for each individual student in the program; scales/patterns, improvisation, technique, sight-reading, harmonic vocabulary, individual and ensemble intonation, repertoire expansion, and building self-confidence through excellent musicianship;
Desire to continue the longstanding traditions of performing, recording, and competing extensively, regionally and nationally;
Willingness to continue the tradition of touring both domestically and internationally, with the goal being that every student musician has the opportunity to travel at least once during their high school career;
Ability to communicate concepts in a clear and concise manner to students and foster an innovative and creative learning environment;
Savvy in dealing with varying personality types and constituent groups;
Enthusiasm to become part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students and colleagues, and attending events outside their field of
Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic. We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.
This position is full-time, benefitted position, starting in August for the 2021-22 school year.
Harvard-Westlake is an independent, coeducational and college preparatory school for grades 7-12, located in Los Angeles, California. Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community united by the joyful pursuit of educational excellence, living and learning with integrity, and purpose beyond ourselves.