Brooklyn Friends School (BFS) seeks to hire a passionate and dynamic artist-educator for a full time Middle and Upper School instrumental music teacher position. Qualified candidates should have a strong background in teaching a variety of wind and string instruments to beginning through advanced students in grades 5-12. Comfort with and experience in utilizing interactive, creative and inspirational teaching techniques, assessments, and technology in the classroom are desired.
A thriving PreK-12 grade school located in vibrantDowntown Brooklyn, BFS is a community of eager-to-learn and engaged students and highly committed and talented colleagues (BFS uses the all-inclusive term,colleagues, to refer to all rather than one that delineates faculty/staff). Founded in 1867,Brooklyn Friends School’s pillars of social justice, service learning/civic engagement, andQuakerism, serve as guideposts for our action-oriented collective work. Our school’shistoryhas been illustrious and reflective of the expansive nature of human experiences.Guided by our mission, BFS provides a dynamic, diverse, and robust social/emotionalenvironment and academic program that cultivates compassionate, intellectually curious,and confident changemakers. As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but isnot limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity andexpression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic class, family structure and physicalability, as well as diversity of thought, talents, and learning style.
This position reports to the Head of Middle School in partnership with the Academic Leadership Team.
Teach small group and ensemble instrumental music classes for students in 5th-12th grade
Support International Baccalaureate music students
Collaborate and plan with colleagues and the chair of the Performing Arts department to develop curriculum and present performances throughout the school year
Facilitate cross curricular collaborations inter and intra divisionally
Oversee and steward the school’s collection of musical instruments and equipment
Participate in the pit orchestra for the annual musical theatre production
Other duties specified by Middle and Upper Divisions
REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES
Bachelor of Arts in the field or other area required, Master of Arts preferred
A skilled musician and experienced performer well-versed in a variety of musical styles and cultures
Background in teaching wind, brass, and percussion instruments to preadolescent and adolescent students
Experience with string instruments preferred
Experience in developing curriculum and building an integrated music program
Experience with student-centered and progressive teaching methods preferred
Proficiency with incorporating technology into the classroom and experience with programs such as GarageBand or Soundtrap
Professional dedication to progressive education, the division, and the whole school
Strong commitment to social justice, anti-bias education, and Quaker values
Ability to meet and adhere to multiple deadlines and strong organizational skills
Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication
REQUIRED PERSONAL QUALITIES
Genuine ability and desire to work across differences and be respectful of them (intellectually and socially)
A respect for the life of the child
Joyful and has a respectful sense of humor
Compassion, integrity, and open-mindedness in all interactions
Collegiality, approachability, flexibility, and adaptability
Interest in and willingness to use new and different educational approaches
Consistently strong, respectful, and gracious interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to partner and collaborate across professional statuses, i.e., with all staff, administrators, families, student body, local and national independent school community, and neighborhood community
To apply, please provide the following:
Cover letter addressed to Instrumental Music Teacher Search Committee. Along with punctuating your interest and experience, your cover letter should also address the ways in which you feel that your professional journey aligns with our school’s Quaker values and pillars of social justice and civic engagement.
Statement of Educational Philosophy
List of three references
Supporting materials encouraged (letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching, music directing, and/or performing)
Please email the above attachments (if possible as a single PDF) to: firstname.lastname@example.org and put Instrumental Music Teacher in the subject line.