Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is an independent coeducational, college preparatory day school serving grades Pre-Kindergarten – 12 at our Main Campus and Pre-K – Grade 3 at our Harbour View campus. Founded in 1966, the school has a current enrollment of approximately 900 students, 175 employees, and sits on two campuses, a 100-acre campus and a 3-acre campus, both located in Suffolk, Virginia. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.
This individual will be responsible for teaching and coordinating all music activities for Lower School. The music program in Lower School encompasses weekly music classes, performance opportunities for each Lower School grade level, and after-school chorus for interested third, fourth and fifth graders. Being an independent school, the Lower School music teacher will have significant latitude to shape the program in concert with the school’s mission. This individual will be expected to hold the highest standards of educational professionalism while engaging children from pre-kindergarten through grade five. This individual should be able to work in collaborative atmosphere, while continuing to advance the current music program, and support all other programs of the school.
We seek candidates who possess the following education, experience, capabilities and qualities:
Conduct weekly music classes incorporating but not limited to singing, playing age-appropriate musical instruments and utilizing related activities for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade classes.
Plan, rehearse and direct musical experiences for each Lower School grade level including Grandparents’ Day in the fall and a grade level performance for each grade during the second half of the school year.
Work closely with classroom teachers to provide interdisciplinary opportunities whenever possible and to select programs which are curricular related.
Work with Head of Lower School to order all supplies, materials, and equipment necessary for music-related activities.
Maintain open communication with parents, students, division heads, and teachers.
Work closely with the director of the Middle and Upper School choral music program.
Work with the Director of Communications & Public Relations and the Director of Admissions to promote awareness about the music program through school communications and other relevant audiences.
Utilize technology to facilitate instruction and enhance learning.
Participate in divisional and whole school meetings and professional development activities.
Perform other duties as assigned by the administration and in accordance with the Employee Handbook and expectations of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.
Support the mission and philosophy of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Music Education.
Valid Teaching Certificate in the content area of Music Education.
Demonstrated experience in the knowledge and teaching of vocal music.
Prior experience as a music educator.
Technology proficiency is essential including use of SmartBoards and digital projectors preferably in an Apple environment. Proficient with Google Educational Apps and Blackbaud preferred.
2 – 5 years teaching experience preferred.
Familiarity with teaching 21st Century skills and possesses a student centered outlook.
Understands the mission of the school and the need to focus on the education of the whole child.
Takes initiative and is self-motivated.
Understands the critical nature of building positive working relationships with students, parents and community.
Works collaboratively not only with Lower School teachers, but also school-wide.
Values parents as a vital resource in educating a child.
Represents the school positively in the community.
Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy offers a competitive salary, health, retirement, disability and life insurance benefits. Qualified applicants shall submit a completed NSA employment application (form posted online), resume with references and a cover letter explaining their interest in and qualifications for this position to Amy Morrell, Executive Administrator, Office of the Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for further consideration. Salary commensurate with experience.
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About Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, founded in 1966, is an independent, non-profit, coeducational, college-preparatory day school, which offers an academic program to approximately 880 students encompassing pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Governed by a Board of Trustees, the Academy seeks to admit students who are prepared to enter an academically challenging educational environment. To prepare students for success in a pluralistic society, the Academy pursues diversity as a component of a selective enrollment process.
The City of Suffolk, Virginia, located twenty miles from Norfolk and thirty-five miles from Virginia Beach, retains the charm of tidewater community living while offering easy access to urban and ocean-resort attractions.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer