Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.
Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.
Norwood School has an opening for a long-term substitute position for a half-time lower school general music and choir teacher for 3rd and 4th grades. The position begins in August and will complete in December or January. The Kodaly-inspired program focuses on using a repertoire of multicultural folk songs to develop ever-increasing levels of musical understanding through activities involving performance, listening/analysis, and creating. The development of music literacy skills as well as individual creative expression are hallmarks of the program. Each grade level performs three times per year as part of seasonal concerts, as well as once per year in their own grade level program. Music selections for these performances reflect a truly diverse selection of age-appropriate music taken from multiple genres and styles. In 4th grade, students learn to play the recorder. This position also collaborates extensively with the K-2 music teacher, as well as with the larger performing arts department.
Applicants must have a degree in music education and more than 3 years of prior music education experience. Strong preference is given to those with Kodaly and/or ORFF training and certification. Candidates will have demonstrated experience leading chorus and leading school shows and performances. Proficiency in piano accompaniment is preferred. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with young children.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Risen, Head of Lower School, at email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Norwood School
We welcome your interest in a career at Norwood School, a coeducational independent school serving approximately 440 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Our school is conveniently located on 38 beautiful acres in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Norwood School’s child-centered program inspires confident, compassionate, independent, and creative thinkers who embrace lifelong learning. We are committed to attracting and retaining exceptional faculty and staff to carry out this mission. We seek talented and experienced individuals who celebrate and respect childhood, know how to blend traditional teaching methods with 21st century resources, and are excited about incorporating character education and service to the community in their work with students. Embracing diversity is integral to the School’s tradition that recognizes the worth of each member of the community. Norwood does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. We provide competitive salaries, excellent benefits, professional development, and tuition remission for children of full-time faculty and staff.