The Browning School is a K-12 boys school located on 62nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York. Founded by scholar and teacher John A. Browning, The Browning School has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of boys and young men since 1888. Serving roughly 400 students in kindergarten through grade 12, Browning strives to combine the best of a traditional prep school environment and curriculum with imaginative teaching and a strong value system – all in a single-sex setting.
MISSION STATEMENT AND VALUES
The Browning School fosters growth of courageous and compassionate men of intellect and integrity who aspire to contribute meaningfully to our world.
The Browning gentleman develops amid a community that upholds these values…
HONESTY We speak the truth, act with integrity, and take responsibility for our actions.
DIGNITY We honor and celebrate the dignity of all people and support the power of a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community.
CURIOSITY We encourage and celebrate open-minded inquiry about our world and the perspectives of those around us.
PURPOSE We believe that education encourages exploration and discovery in pursuit of meaning and enduring fulfillment.
DIVERSITY STATEMENT The Browning School strives to create a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected and valued. We believe that in actively promoting a diverse learning environment, we are fostering intellectual, social, and emotional growth for all. Recognizing and pursuing diversity, however, are not enough; we seek to transcend mere tolerance of differences and aspire to a celebration of the varied appearances, abilities, perspectives, and values that characterize our community.
BROWNING PHILOSOPHY OF LEARNING Boys come to Browning to be known, challenged, and inspired. When a boy’s capacities and aspirations are known and understood by his teachers, that boy can be guided, year after year, to take increasing ownership of his learning. He will develop the disposition not only to respond to others’ questions, but also the ability to craft questions of his own, questions that will drive his class’s process of inquiry. Through this activity, the boys are likewise challenged to ask similar searching questions of themselves. It is through this questioning that they come to understand their identities as intellectual and moral agents, and recognize the opportunities they have to develop and refine their senses of self and character. In reflecting upon the bigger, essential questions that arise from their self-examination and academic work alike, Browning boys are inspired to seek a deeper level of understanding and to build a sense of purpose that will engage their passions and skills in the service of the world beyond themselves.
POSITION DESCRIPTION The Browning School seeks an experienced, dynamic Lower School Music Teacher for the 2021-2022 academic year. The position is expected to begin orientation on August 26, 2021 (tentative date).
The Browning School music program aims to enrich and support the overall curricula of the Browning School by providing students with opportunities to engage in and appreciate music across a wide variety of genres and experiences. For Lower School students, weekly or twice weekly visits to the music room help establish a love of a diverse array of music and build an early understanding of musical concepts, music history, and musical performance. Lower School boys also experience music throughout the year during assemblies and traditional community events in which they have the opportunity to be both performers and audience members. The Lower School Music Teacher reports to the Head of Lower School and is a member of the Performing and Fine Arts Department.
Teaching weekly and/or twice weekly music classes to students in kindergarten through grade 4.
Creating strong relationships with students built on Browning’s core values of honesty, dignity, curiosity, and purpose
Building an enthusiastic and welcoming learning space that celebrates learning, cultivates a love and appreciation for music, incorporates opportunities for movement, and empowers boys to find and follow musical interests and passions
Collaborating as a professional, collegial, and inspirational member of the Lower School faculty and the Performing and Fine Arts Department
Developing and implementing an inspiring curriculum in conjunction with homeroom teachers and music department members
Partnering with LS faculty for special community events such as assemblies and recitals
Taking a collaborative leadership role in organizing and directing traditional events including the Lower School holiday program and Lower School closing
Participating in professional development to grow self, department, and school
Communicating with families about curricular and student matters
Heartily contributing to the school community by helping to carry on, enhance, and create new traditions that build school spirit and culture
Key Competencies and Qualifications In general, successful members of the Browning faculty are:
Champions of boys -- They believe in and love the expansive potential in boys.
Relationship-oriented -- They actively build meaningful relationships with students and families.
Purpose-driven -- They are inquiry-minded, curious and resourceful in finding solutions and growth opportunities.
Justice-seeking -- They seek to address students and their needs with an equity-oriented and antiracist lens and engage in the deep work of equity in the classroom and school community.
Can-do collaborators -- They seek collaboration and listen deeply to others, and they believe that a can-do attitude allows a team to accomplish more.
Qualifications A successful Lower School Music Teacher will possess all or most of the following qualifications:
BA or MA (preferred) in music, music education or a related field
Experience of three or more years teaching lower school aged students
Knowledge and appreciation of working with boys
Strong classroom management skills in creating a warm and productive learning environment for all students
Superior knowledge of musical content, educational research and best practices in music teaching pedagogy to reach diverse learning styles amongst lower school learners
Understanding and appreciation of musical styles and traditions from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to proactively collaborate with students, faculty, and parents
Refined organizational skills in order to plan and present community wide events such as the holiday program, assemblies, student recitals, and the Lower School Closing Ceremony
The Browning School seeks to promote diversity in its hiring process and is committed to building an inclusive community and culturally diverse faculty. The Browning School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, marital status, disability, or any other basis.
Those interested in the position should send their résumé and a cover letter to Eric Ogden, Head of Lower School, at email@example.com by May 14, 2021.
About The Browning School
The Browning School fosters growth of courageous and compassionate men of intellect and integrity who aspire to contribute meaningfully to our world. The Browning gentleman develops amid a community that upholds our core values: honesty, dignity, curiosity and purpose. We speak the truth, act with integrity and take responsibility for our actions. We honor and celebrate the dignity of all people and support the power of a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community. We encourage and celebrate open-minded inquiry about our world and the perspectives of those around us. We believe that education encourages exploration and discovery in pursuit of meaning and enduring fulfillment.
The Browning School strives to create a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected, and valued. We believe that in actively promoting a diverse learning environment, we are fostering intellectual, social, and emotional growth for all. Recognizing and pursuing diversity, however, are not enough; we seek to transcend mere tolerance of difference and aspire to a celebration of the varied appearances, abilities, perspectives, and values that characterize our community.