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Long-term Substitute Music Teacher


Position Type Substitute Teacher
Start 03/08/2021
School Name Westside School
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 11/19/2020

Long-term Substitute Music Teacher for PS-8th Grade
1.0 FTE temporary position: from March 8 – June 15, 2021

Westside School teachers and staff work collaboratively to inspire creativity, innovation, and to deepen our sense of community. Westside faculty are exceptionally qualified in our fields, committed to being lifelong learners, and are passionate about our work. Our academic structure places a high value on integrated curriculum and project-based learning, with intentional administrative support. At Westside School, we value different backgrounds and ideas. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply. Located in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, Westside serves 310 students in preschool through eighth grade.

The Long-term Substitute Music Teacher is a temporary position (March 8 – June 15, 2021) filling in for our regular teacher who will be out on paternity leave during this time. The successful applicant joins a three-person Arts team (visual & digital, theater, and music arts in Middle and Lower School). This role is responsible for implementing a dynamic age-appropriate curriculum for instruction in music for our Preschool-4th grade general classes and Middle School general music classes. The Music Teacher works collaboratively with classroom and other arts teachers and participates fully in the life of the school, attending meetings, school celebrations, and upholds the mission, vision, and values of Westside School.

Westside has a robust arts program, and is home to a beautiful theater and music space. In the middle school, the Music Teacher will teach one trimester of music appreciation and music history in 6th grade. In the Lower School, the teacher will build an intentional foundation of standards-based music classes emphasizing musicality, music literacy, listening and performance at each level, possibly including end of term showcases. Collaboration and partnership with the arts team is key to success.

Please note: Westside School has just moved from a hybrid model of learning where Lower School students were in school part of the week and learning remotely part of the week, to a fully remote learning environment. We are very hopeful that we will be back in a hybrid model by March 2021. Our music and arts classes will likely be remote in a hybrid model.

Reports to: Lower School and Middle School Division Heads

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach 30-minute classes to pre-K twice a week , and to Kindergarten, and 1st grade four times a week
  • Teach 50-minute classes to 6th grade, four times a week
  • Promote and advance the cognitive, emotional, social and physical well-being of the students during music classes.
  • Implement and adapt an engaging experiential curriculum.
  • Coordinate regularly with classroom teachers about curriculum and classroom areas of study.
  • Meet with classroom teachers as needed to discuss student progress and identified needs.
  • Assess student learning and presenting this learning in formal reports and conferences.
  • Communicate with parents as needed.
  • Maintain music curriculum materials.
  • Cover recess duty at least two times per week – if in on-campus model.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Successful candidates will have the following personal and professional attributes:

  • Minimum of two years of K-8 music teaching or directing experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree (or higher) in music, music education, or a related field.
  • Familiarity with Kodály and Orff methods of music instruction.
  • Comfort teaching remote music classes in both lower school and middle school
  • Experience in a variety of instructional techniques and approaches.
  • Skill and experience at differentiated instruction.
  • Enthusiasm for working collaboratively with colleagues including the desire to plan curriculum experiences.
  • Familiarity and facility with current research informing teaching and learning
  • A commitment to building cultural competencies and awareness through one’s teaching.
  • Joy, passion, energy, caring and commitment.

Start Date: March 8, 2021
Stop Date: June 15, 2021

Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time position for the duration of the position. Westside School offers a generous benefits package to full-time employees.

Westside School prepares students for the world by challenging them to achieve academic success, and by connecting their human spirit and imagination to learning.

To apply please submit the following to employment@westsideschool.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Statement of educational philosophy
  • List of 3 references

Westside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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