Founded in 1949, Westland is a K-6 school with 130 students, Westland School is an institution committed to democracy and progressive education with a social studies integrated curriculum including specialist classes in the arts, science, woodworking, gardening, printing, and dance. We believe in a learning environment that is non-competitive, child-centered, and community-based, and that the most effective learning takes place with a diverse school community. A part of Westland’s core mission is equity, inclusivity, and a social justice anti-bias curriculum. Westland is located in Los Angeles on a two-acre nature-rich campus that inspires learning and honors childhood, a sense of community, deepening cross-curricular ties, and developing musicianship. Like all areas of study at Westland, our music curriculum focuses on learning through hands-on music.
Throughout Westland’s 71 year history, the music program has played a central role in the curriculum and creating community. A student’s music education is characterized by moving, speaking, singing, and playing Orff instruments such as xylophones and metallophones. Co-creators of their musical experience, students learn to problem-solve both as individuals and as members of an ensemble. They create music while they learn to sing as a community. Students also learn to read music through playing drums, recorders, and ukuleles. By exploring authentic music and the significant musical features of different cultures and time periods, students gain perspective and appreciation for the many varieties of expression throughout the world and over time. Music is another vibrant pathway to understanding other ways of life.
The elementary music teacher is responsible for teaching music education to students in grades K-6, meeting with each elementary class on a regular basis in accordance with the music schedule. The next music teacher at Westland will lead a collaborative audit of the Westland song repertoire, honoring culture and history through an equity lens. Ideally the music teacher at Westland is an inspiring force and demonstrates a deep love and appreciation for music as a powerful, transformative, elevating, uniting experience and language. The next music teacher at Westland will model creative thinking, risk-taking, courage–and fun. Ideal candidates have experience in working with music ensembles teaching multiple instruments, teaching experience (or equivalent professional qualification), and demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion, differentiation of instruction, and collaboration.
Westland School Music Teacher Job Description
Plans and provides inspiring instruction
Develops and implements a vocal and instrumental curriculum that is aligned with Westland’s social studies core curriculum
Engages students’ interest, expands their creativity, and encourages risk-taking in learning
Prepares for and leads the weekly community school-wide Sings, utilizing Westland’s repertoire of songs and introducing new music that expands and grows the Westland canon as well
Cooperatively collaborates with head and associate teachers to inform social studies curriculum integration
Coordinates and supports programming for the annual Winter Sing, Alumni Sing, Spring Sing, May Fair student performances, and Graduation
Maintains a neat, clean, and comfortable classroom atmosphere that inspires and exhibits student learning, as well as maintains musical equipment and space
Demonstrates depth and breadth of knowledge of music performance, music theory, composition, music history, and Orff Schulwerk instruction
Teaches students to perform, read, write, and create works that are age appropriate, relevant, and engaging
Emphasizes ear training, harmony and rhythm in ensemble activities such as drumming, improvising, and group singing
Actively participates in the life of the school and demonstrates an understanding that all are responsible for the learning, care, and growth of each student
Develops and practices equity literacy skills in their teaching, collaboration, and leadership
Exhibits a growth mindset, pursuing self-directed and ongoing professional growth
Follows school policies and procedures as described in the employee and faculty handbooks
Attends weekly staff meetings, periodic child study meetings, and annual in-service trainings
Attends and supports major school events and professional development days
Maintains formative assessments of each child’s progress and provides parents written summative assessments of each child’s learning and growth in the spring
In partnership with the corresponding head teacher, conferences with parents as needed, particularly whenever there is special concern that warrants discussion among parents and teachers
Salary: As per pay scale
Benefits: A full benefits package includes medical, dental, a school contribution to your FSA medical account, and a retirement contribution starting in year 3 of employment.
Union Membership: Teachers at Westland are members of the Early Childhood Federation of Teachers.
Non-discrimination policy: Westland School is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.
Submissions: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and current resume to Assistant Head of School Marcia Capparela at email@example.com.
Must have elementary classroom music teaching experience including choral, basic music theory and Orff instruments; experience leading community group singing is essential. Experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion work is expected.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Westland School
Founded in 1949, Westland is a K-6 school with 130 students. Westland School is an institution committed to democracy and progressive education with a social studies integrated curriculum including specialist classes in the arts, science, woodworking, gardening, printing, and dance. We believe in a learning environment that is non-competitive, child-centered, and community-based, and that the most effective learning takes place with a diverse school community. A part of Westland’s core mission is equity, inclusivity, and a social justice anti-bias curriculum. Westland is located in Los Angeles on a two-acre nature-rich campus that inspires learning and honors childhood.