Director of Upper School and Middle School Choirs and Handbells, Music Teacher, Music Director
Holton-Arms School, Inc.
Location: BETHESDA, Maryland
Type: Full Time
Based on Experience
JOB DESCRIPTION AND DETAILS:
Position Summary: Choral-Handbells Director/Music Teacher/Music Director
The Holton-Arms School seeks an innovative, collaborative, and enthusiastic individual to join our robust Performing Arts team and serve as Director of Upper School and Middle School Choirs and Handbells, Music Teacher, and Music Director for Musical Productions. The Music program provides students with the opportunity to develop a foundation in the many and varied qualities of musicianship that will enable them to be successful in all of their musical pursuits. In addition to developing their technical skills and understanding, students learn to take creative risks, to think critically, and to work collaboratively. In exploring music from a wide range of cultures and traditions, students deepen their interest in and sensitivity to the communities of people who created it. Candidates must have experience directing choral groups and handbell choirs, teaching general music classes, and music directing musicals. Candidates should be skilled at providing differentiated instruction to meet the needs of students with a wide range of skill sets. All aspects of Holton-Arms programming helps develop students' competencies around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Social Emotional Learning, and Global Education. These are integral to the music program, and qualified candidates will be asked to continue and expand upon our work in these areas. The music program seeks to create a space where students feel prepared to take risks, grow, and deepen their understanding of themselves, others, and their world. We invite candidates who are excited to further this vision.
Beyond the classroom, expectations include fulfilling assigned duties as required; communicating effectively with students and parents; and working collaboratively with other teachers in the department, as well as school wide colleagues and administrators. Teachers serve as advisors, mentors, and role models responsible for preserving a positive learning environment and the well-being of all of our students; committing to academic excellence, and supporting our institutional priorities of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Health and Well-being, and Global Education.
Direct & Conduct the following Ensembles
Upper School Chorus
Upper School Swing Choir
Upper School Chamber Singers
Middle School Chorus
Middle and Upper School Handbells Choir
Serve as Music Director for Musical Productions through the Drama department
Teach Middle School and Upper School elective classes in Music. Including but not limited to:
MS Music Composition
US Music Composition and Arranging with Technology
US Music Theory
The successful applicant will have demonstrated the following experience and abilities:
Successful teaching experience with the capacity to initiate improvement in teaching, learning, assessment, and classroom management practices.
Knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, differentiation, and assessment with the ability to implement quality, inclusive teaching, and learning programs.
In-depth of knowledge in choral music, Handbells, music theory, musical theater, and general music, preferably with experience in teaching specialized course such as Music Composition and Arranging with Technology.
Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to build relationships and engage students, parents, staff, and colleagues.
Ability to plan and manage resources effectively to support teaching, learning, and performance preparation.
Desire to pursue ongoing professional development, making the most of the opportunities both within and outside the school to improve teaching and to demonstrate for the students the value of lifelong learning.
Demonstrated high levels of enthusiasm for teaching and learning, and striving to engender a joy of learning in all students.
A passion for developing deep understanding of music concepts, as well as student application of concepts learned.
Ability to work collaboratively with other department teachers on curriculum development and concert/programming selection and preparation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree in Music/Music Theory/Music Education, with a graduate degree, preferred.
Experience teaching general music, choirs, and Handbells, preferably at an all-girls school.
Understanding or growing knowledge of competency-based teaching and learning.
Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members with a continuous focus on healthy relationship building.
Commitment to a lifetime of learning, personal and professional integrity, and the capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Statement
Holton-Arms cherishes the uniqueness of each of our members including current and former students, faculty, and staff. We seek to create an inclusive environment that sees, values, and supports diverse identities and experiences, cultivates engaging discourse, and empowers our students to be thriving members of the global community.
At Holton-Arms, each of us is responsible for fostering an equitable, respectful, and just community. We are committed to:
Discovering, developing, and valuing our full authentic selves.
Deepening awareness of personal and systemic biases and being accountable for the impact of our words and actions.
Developing an understanding of the historical origins and perpetuation of systems of power and privilege.
Engaging in open and brave conversations that promote growth, understanding, connection, and agency.
Embracing every individual as essential to the community.
The mission of the Holton-Arms School is to cultivate the unique potential of young women through the "education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit." Founded in 1901 by two visionary women, Holton-Arms continues to cultivate a diverse, inclusive and equitable school community, to tend to the health and well-being of its members, and to build a global curriculum that responds to the learners in our classrooms and the world around us. In this vibrant community committed to academic excellence, our students are scholars, artists, and athletes who find their voices, take risks, learn from mistakes, pursue opportunities for leadership, and build lifelong friendships.
Caring, dedicated faculty and staff inspire our 665 girls and young women in grades 3-12 to realize the School's motto, "I will find a way or make one."
We seek candidates who are dedicated to the School’s mission and will work to inspire our 665 girls and young women in grades 3-12 to realize the School’s motto, “I will find a way or make one.” within the School and in local, national, and global communities.
We believe that with intellectual curiosity, self-reliance, tenacity of purpose, and commit...ment to others, Holton women will make a difference in a complex and changing world.
We seek applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds, talents, and interests who share a dedication and commitment to helping girls learn, grow and make their way in the world.