Plymouth Meeting Friends School provides an education based on the Quaker belief that there is that of God in everyone. Through its nurturing environment, the school offers an intellectually challenging and creative academic program to a diverse student body. Supported by adults who model respect and understanding, students reach toward individual strengths as responsible members of a community of learners.
General Music teacher, grades Pre-K through Grade 6
Part Time, Salaried:
The position includes four days per week in the classroom (7:45 am-3:30pm), as well as recess duties, faculty meetings and additional time outside of this schedule for school community events. The position includes benefits.
PMFS seeks a part-time general Music Teacher to engage our Pre-K through Sixth Grade students in their creative exploration of musicianship. Music classes at PMFS provide students with skills, opportunities, and immersion in the arts, allowing them to gain confidence from their participation in a community process.
The Music Teacher is a member of the Specials team. During the 2020-21 school year, all specials are scheduled in two-week rotations based on a class pod structure. (e.g. Music classes for one class pod would be held daily for two weeks.) The Music Teacher remains embedded with the class pod during the two-week rotation, to provide additional support for students and teachers in the group. Music instruction will be primarily instrumental (rhythm and world instruments) with opportunities to incorporate keyboards and Orff instruments. Given the nature of the global pandemic, instruction may be delivered in-person and/or virtually during 2020-21.
PMFS students offer two all-school performances under the direction of the Music Teacher. The Music Teacher produces and directs the Sixth Grade Musical/Production, a culminating class experience central to PMFS’ oldest students. In addition, the Music Teacher collaborates with the administration to coordinate the Sixth Grade graduation ceremony. During the 2020-21 school year, these events may change in format and delivery.
The ideal candidate is passionate about teaching and working with elementary school aged children. Essential competencies include proficiency on piano and/or guitar; experience and understanding of general music instruction; comfort with ethnomusicology (world music/diversity of style, instrumentation and genre); understanding of and experience with directing/conducting young performers; and familiarity with current research, trends, and best practices in elementary education.
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in music education, performance, or related field is required. Applicants are expected to have at least three years of classroom experience. Facility with usage and integration of technology are required. A strong alignment with Quaker testimonies and progressive education—in philosophy and teaching practice– is expected. Experience or familiarity with the Responsive Classroom approach and Orff Schulwerk are a plus. We actively seek candidates who reflect the rich diversity of our school community.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, a statement of educational philosophy and three professional references with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.