McDonogh School is in search of an Upper School Choral Music Teacher with a passion for creating dynamic and student-centered educational experiences. A strong candidate possesses the ability to utilize a wide range of artistic media in order to develop students’ creative confidence, curiosity, and technical ability. It is essential that they possess a breadth of artistic and educational experience in addition to a strong understanding of choral conducting and vocal ensemble. The candidate must be comfortable working in a high-energy and fast-paced environment within which the facilitation and management of numerous student projects occur simultaneously. Additionally, the applicant needs to be willing and excited to work with a team that embraces continual ideation, reflection, and development for the advancement of an ever-evolving arts program.
Inspiring, engaging, and encouraging students in the study of music and performing arts
Using professional growth opportunities to continually grow as an arts educator
Working collaboratively with colleagues within the Upper School Arts department, as well as any and all other upper school departments
Becoming an active member of the McDonogh community by participating in school activities inside and outside of the arts department
Overtly supporting and acting in accordance with the school's mission
Exhibit professional standards of presentation, punctuality, professional courtesy, and discretion
Respond to the needs of the School, including but not limited to, service learning, advisory programs, coaching, assigned supervision, and other areas as determined by the Upper School Head
A demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development
Experience working in a student-centered learning environment, with practical experience with problem-based learning
Prior experience teaching music and directing a Chorus
Prior experience working in a theatrical setting (music directing, teaching theatre, etc.) is preferred
A high level of expertise in vocal pedagogy and familiarity with current teaching/learning theories
A willingness to work with extracurricular activities
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion at all times
Ability to successfully work with and within a culturally and academically diverse student body, staff, and community
An ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with diverse groups of students, parents, and colleagues
An ability to teach basic level theatrical skills & technique
Familiarity with a broad range of music
Keyboard (piano) skills essential
Must be able to comply with background check, including finger prints, as required by the agency and / or state regulations.
Must have a strong work ethic
Must possess personal qualifications as required, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene and physical and mental health that do not interfere with responsibilities.
Secondary experience preferred
About McDonogh School
McDonogh School is a community that finds joy in work, in play, and in the discovery and realization of personal potential. Strong, mutually respectful relationships among and between students and teachers inspire a passion for learning, a dedication to personal integrity, and a commitment to excellence. Embracing diversity of background, culture, and thought, the school builds upon its founder's original mission to provide a life-altering opportunity to develop in its students the will "to do the greatest possible amount of good."
Founded in 1873 and situated on an 820-acre campus, McDonogh is a day and boarding institution that employs 330 faculty and staff; serves 1,370 students in grades PK-12; has a substantial operating budget and endowment; and just completed a $75 million capital campaign, the largest of any independent school in Maryland. Long been recognized as one of the finest schools in the nation, McDonogh has a reputation for being highly innovative and "on the move."
McDonogh School strives to employ a faculty, administration, and staff exhibiting sound ethical standards and character traits such as moral courage and self-reliance, intellectual confidence ...and curiosity with a love of learning, and the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage in a wide scope of educational, athletic, and artistic endeavors.
Members of the McDonogh community strive to have the highest of moral principles, and to exhibit cooperativeness, loyalty, open-mindedness, and sensitivity, as well as attention to physical, mental, and emotional health, growth, and well-being of self and others.