Schedule (hours and weeks): Part-time: Up to ~12 hours a week - split between age groups
Benefits Eligible: No
Music has a long tradition at Chewonki as a vital part of building community and for providing creative pathways of learning. We seek a joyful, student-centered music educator excited to work in a small school with an integrated, place-based curriculum.
The music teacher creates and delivers music curriculum for students in grades 1-8 and directs instrument and vocal ensembles for our older students. This teacher works in collaboration with the teaching team to provide music instruction and integration throughout the school curriculum and activities.
Periodic programs and performances throughout the year provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their learning and gain practice with public expression.
Work to honor and uphold the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a lens of anti-racism in the best interest of participants, constituents, and staff across the organization
A willingness to work as a team member among the Elementary and Middle School program and the greater Chewonki community
Provide weekly general music instruction classes for the 1/2 and 3/4 multi-age classes
Provide weekly instrument and vocal instruction for 5/6 and 7/8 classes, through both whole group and smaller ensemble format
Plan and execute two concerts per year to include all students and skill levels
Provide special and ongoing music activities for the school community, including after-school or special event programming
Meet regularly with Head of Elementary and Middle School for planning and feedback purposes
Monitor student progress in music and provide written feedback on a trimester basis
Attend training and planning days across the calendar year as requested
Join weekly faculty meetings as schedule allows
Work on the Chewonki campus
Contribute to and collaborate with the Chewonki community through committees and foundation wide events
Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Elementary or General) or formal music education/ training
Experience playing musical instruments including some combination of woodwind, brass, percussion, and strings; and have the ability to teach others to play
Experience in early childhood music education and instruction
Prior experience working with elementary-aged children in a formal or informal educational setting
Must pass background check and undergo fingerprinting as required by Maine Department of Education
The Chewonki Foundation requires that 100% of staff are vaccinated against COVID-19, as allowed for by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination will be required upon acceptance of a job offer.
Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. Chewonki serves children ages 8-18 in summer, semester, and school-year programs; and provides training opportunities for educators and other outdoor professionals.
Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki is comprised of approximately 42 students and 16 faculty members, and is a unique semester-length school program of the Chewonki Foundation. As a residential school, it is designed to offer high school juniors and seniors the chance to be part of a vibrant community located on a 400-acre saltwater peninsula in Mid-coast Maine.
The Elementary and Middle School at Chewonki is an independent school for children in grades 1-8, modeling the best of innovative teaching, integrated academic practice, and experiential learning.