Germantown Academy, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, is seeking qualified, experienced candidates for the full-time position of Percussion Instructor, Assistant Band Director and Middle School General Music Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. This is a 10-month position which offers an excellent array of benefits and a highly competitive salary. The Academy, founded in 1759, is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,100 students in Grades PK-12, located in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia on a campus of 126 acres. Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds. At Germantown Academy, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world of which we are a part. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking, and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit.
Germantown Academy uses a mallet-first approach to percussion pedagogy to ensure confidence in melodic/rhythmic reading. Qualified candidates should be well-versed on two and four mallet percussion instruments, symphonic snare and timpani, in addition to jazz and rock drum set. They would provide private lessons for up to 30 percussion students in grades 4-12 and prepare Upper School Honors percussionists for PMEA district band and orchestra auditions. As Assistant All-School Band Director, they will provide support in rehearsals including leading small group sectionals, guiding students through audition strategies, conducting seating placement testing, part writing, and perform in scheduled school concerts in all divisions. As Middle School General Music Teacher, they will implement a general music curriculum for students in grades 6-8 using music technology, chordal instruments including, but not limited to, guitar and piano, as well as a variety of percussion instruments. Additionally, there may be opportunities to assist the after-school Jazz Bands in the Lower School and Middle School.
Qualified applicants will meet the following criteria:
Assistant All-School Band Director Responsibilities
Organize percussion part assignments and provide instructional support to percussion sections in Lower School Concert Band, Sixth Grade Concert Band, Seventh and Eighth Grade Concert Band, Upper School Symphonic Band, as well as percussionists in Upper School Honors Symphonic Band.
Accompany bands in rehearsals and performances on percussion and rhythm section instruments.
Provide a positive classroom experience that incorporates effective classroom management techniques.
Knowledge and ability to teach, conduct, and mentor all sections of the ensembles preferred.
Middle School General Music Teacher Responsibilities
Teach a play-based and interactive General Music curriculum for grades 6-8 that incorporates music technology, percussion instruments, keyboards, guitars and folk instruments.
Introduce students to fundamentals of music appreciation through the study of world music and music history.
Help students explore basic music reading and composition techniques.
Private Lesson Responsibilities
Collaborate with ensemble directors to establish and maintain a percussion studio appropriately sized for ensemble balance and needs.
Prepare percussion students for ensemble rehearsals, performances, and auditions.
Prepare Upper School Honors musicians for PMEA district band/orchestra solos and auditions.
Support and instruct percussion students towards confidence in music literacy.
Implement a mallet-first curriculum for percussion musicians in grades 4-12.
Instruct student musicians on mallet, snare, timpani, drum set, etc.
Collaborate with Concert Band and Jazz Band directors to ensure student success in ensembles.
Ensure that all rules and policies of the private lesson program are followed judiciously.
Identify program needs (ie. instrument repairs and purchases) and possibilities for expansion as they arise.
Plan a yearly recital for percussion students.
Bachelor’s degree in music or music education is required.
Mastery of percussion performance on instruments including keyboard percussion and drum set.
Ability to teach a range of band classes, grades 4-12
Comprehensive knowledge of percussion education curriculum including best practices, philosophies, and methods.
Working knowledge of Finale and/or Sibelius music notation software preferred
Ability to work in mission driven, team-oriented, fast-paced, exciting environment that requires initiative, and a collaborative and innovative spirit.
Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills.
A demonstrated desire to work with middle school students.
Experience teaching general music preferred.
Previous experience as a percussion private lesson teacher preferred.
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