University Liggett School, an independent, coeducation school for grades PreK3-12, is searching for an experienced music teacher who is trained in the Orff Schulwerk approach, to lead the Lower School music program for PreK-5 grades. The instructor will be responsible for teaching daily classes, managing the collection of Orff instruments, leading a winter and a spring performance and integrating music into project approach work through collaboration with teachers in PreK-5. The ideal candidate will be willing to offer additional after school programming to enrich the Lower School music experience.
University Liggett School has a long tradition as an outstanding school, known for providing the kind of innovative and exploratory experiences that connect a diverse student body with their learning in dynamic and engaging ways. It is an inspiring place where ideas and possibilities abound. Like any school, there are traditions which form the foundation of our work in the community, and our foundation is strong. Our charge is to be better than good enough, and to understand that risk taking, innovation, and creativity lie at the center of good teaching and learning for our students and our faculty.
Departmental Philosophy and Mission
The Department of Creative and Performing Arts at University Liggett School is dedicated to serving the mission of the school by offering a wide array of creative outlets in all of the art forms that allow students to grow as creative individuals. We will do so by providing innovative teaching, excellent resources and materials, and a disciplined based approach to the study of the arts as part of the core curriculum. Our successes will be measured by our ability to exceed national arts education standards.
The true purpose of the arts education is not necessarily to create more professional dancers or artists. It is to create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, and who can lead productive lives.
A degree in music education as well as Orff training is required. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of teaching experience, be creative, energetic and flexible; be an effective communicator; be experienced and comfortable leading performances; be well organized and enjoy being part of a team.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:
Peggy Dettlinger, Head of Lower School, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About University Liggett School
A thriving independent school welcoming more than 600 students in grades PK through 12, Liggett is located in the idyllic small town of Grosse Pointe Woods, situated along the banks of scenic Lake St. Clair and 15 minutes from the dynamic city of Detroit. The school is in its 138th year, making it the oldest, coeducational independent school in Michigan. This long tradition of excellence lives alongside substantial academic, athletic, and artistic successes in recent years as the school has shifted toward an innovative curricular and pedagogical approach under the Curriculum for Understanding. This progressive approach ably supports Liggett's mission to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.