Lower School Music Teacher & Middle School Band Director

Sycamore School
Posted On:
May 3, 2019


Position type: Exempt Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) Reports to: Head of Middle School Position Summary: The LS Music Teacher and MS Band Director is a specials area teacher who is responsible for teaching music education and music performance curriculum, assessing and evaluating student performance and preparing students for in school concerts and assemblies, and regional and state contests. Curriculum elements may include: music comprehension/appreciation, harmony, and explorations in instrumental and choral music. This teacher will also be a MS Advisor. Responsibilities: Plan and execute music classes for 3rd grade and 4th grade students, middle school electives, and band classes for grades 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th, including preparation and implementation of weekly lessons, class set-up and clean-up, gathering of supplemental materials, etc. Plan and prepare lower school students for 1 concert/performance per year in collaboration with other special area classes and grade level academic teachers. Plan and prepare middle school students for 2-3 concerts per year, ISSMA solo and ensemble contest, pep rally assembly, and 8th grade graduation. Requisition musical instruments and maintain care/responsibility for school owned music, musical instruments, and equipment. Schedule required maintenance of school equipment and instruments. Work with the Advancement Office to provide student performances for Grandparents’ Day and other events as needed. Plan and coordinate curriculum-related field trips or guest artists when appropriate. Establish behavior expectations and maintain student control in classroom, on school premises and at off-site contests, performances, and field trips. Develop, update, and document music curriculum as needed. Maintain communication with parents, faculty, staff, and students. Collaborate with other faculty, especially those within the music department. Provide trimester report cards. Participate in end-of-year summative review with Division Head. Attend faculty, staff, and division meetings. Attend workshops and other professional development opportunities to continue to grow professionally in the areas of gifted education and music education.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university Certification in Music Education Ability to play piano Experience working with elementary and middle school age students Orff, Kodaly, or other specialized training preferred Desire to provide a stimulating, energetic, and supportive environment for music students. Demonstrated lead teaching experience Understanding of and ability to differentiate curriculum especially for gifted students ages 8-14. Knowledge of the academic and emotional needs of gifted students is preferred Experience working in a team teaching environment Capability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with Sycamore community

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, current resume, copies of degrees and licenses, salary history, and a contact list of five references to Julie Szolek-Van Valkenburgh, HR Coordinator via e-mail at svv.julie@sycamoreschool.org No phone calls or walk-ins will be accepted for this position.