Instrumental Music Teacher (Strings/Orchestra), One Year Appointment
Visual & Performing Arts Department/Peabody & Rindge Avenue Upper Schools
Cambridge Public Schools, Department of Visual and Performing Arts:
At Cambridge Public Schools, we believe that learning unfolds when we provide conditions in which children can explore, inquire, and shape their own understandings. Cambridge teachers and families work as a community toward ensuring success for every child. The schools value the culture and beliefs that each child brings to the classroom, and teachers believe that children must engage with their world in order to make sense of it and build their knowledge. Each student is expected to take responsibility for his/her own learning, while collaborating, supporting, and respecting others. Teachers provide learning experiences that guide and capture our student's interests while at the same time helping them to develop literacy and math skills, think critically, problem solve, and engage in rich scientific and historical inquiry.
The VPA department's mission is to unleash and nourish the inner artist in each child by developing creativity, persistence, cooperative learning, analytical thinking, sequencing, planning and memory. The VPA department is responsible for directing the arts programs available to students grades JK-12, including theater, dance, visual arts, instrumental and choral music. VPA produces more than 140 events each year including full stage productions, concerts, visual art exhibitions, recitals, and outdoor events attended by more than 25,000 guests. Cambridge Public Schools employs over 70 faculty and staff in Music, Theater, Visual Arts, and Dance across all grade levels.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department seeks a confident, creative, and compassionate Strings Instrumental Music Teacher. This is a 1-year only position. This Strings Instrumental Teacher will support the practice for our vibrant instrumental program. The position runs from September 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. The Strings Instrumental Music Teacher will teach Strings/Orchestra classes to grade 5 students twice weekly at Peabody Elementary School as well as grades 6-8 at the Rindge Avenue Upper School. Both schools are in the same building. The teacher will report to the school Principals and the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VPA).
- Teach 5th graders to play violin, viola, and cello, working collaboratively with the woodwind and brass teachers.
- Teach Upper School violin, viola, and cello.
- Work off the plans left from the Strings teacher, returning the following school year.
- The strings/orchestra teacher will be responsible for continuing developing school ensembles, presenting concerts, distributing and collecting school owned instruments.
- Implement a rigorous and balanced standards-based instrumentals music curriculum
- Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners
- Demonstrate flexibility and compassion, while maintaining high expectations for student achievement
- Demonstrate strong classroom management skills
- Employ instructional methods that motivate students to continue to pursue study in the instrumental study.
- Proficiency with computers, organized, able to responsibly meet professional obligations, willing to participate in school, district, and state-level music performances.
- Ability to steward the careful use of supplies, instruments, equipment, and teaching resources
Your Skill Set:
As the incoming Instrumental Music Teacher, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:
- Experience in leading instrumental music instruction in an urban, multicultural setting.
- Have a social justice and culturally responsive teaching philosophy and lens.
- High degree of comfort working with colleagues to build and refine engaging, standards based learning experiences that are responsive to the needs and interests of the communities you serve.
- Collaborative disposition, eager to partner with classroom teachers, VPA staff, and other team members in the district on behalf of our students and families.
- Excellent classroom management skills and use appropriate authentic assessment strategies to monitor student progress.
- Ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners and adjust practice to meet the needs of all students.
- Strong organizational skills, setting up structures that allow you to manage your own work effectively and position colleagues for success.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Massachusetts Licensure for Music required.
Cambridge Public Schools is committed to slowing and/or stopping the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, as a condition of employment with Cambridge Public Schools, all new hires will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no later than their first day of work.
How to Join Our Team:
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills, experience, and commitment to equity in education meet the qualifications of the position as well as stating how you heard about this opportunity.
At the Cambridge Public Schools, we are committed to cultivating an environment where diverse perspectives and backgrounds are embraced, acknowledging that a team reflecting diversity of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status allows us to serve our communities better. To that end, we welcome and encourage applicants to bring their authentic selves when considering employment opportunities within our school district.
- Position Type:Full-time
- Positions Available:1
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