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Music Teacher Grades K-9

Fairfield Country Day School, a school for boys in Kindergarten through grade 9, seeks applicants for the position of Music Teacher to work with the Director of Performing Arts. Candidates should have a passion for teaching, desire for collaboration and experience leading lower or middle school-aged children.
The successful candidate will possess excellent music skills, a high level of energy and flexibility and a growth-oriented mindset. She or he will be able to inspire and empower students to learn; collaborate and engage in daily conversations and experiences with students and colleagues; possess excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; and commit to ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.
 
Responsibilities:
 
  • Teach general music classes, lead choral and instrumental and ensembles, and offer performing arts electives
  • Partner with the arts department in the production of the upper school musical and performances for various grade levels
  • Design and implement a music curriculum that integrates best practices in diversity, inclusivity, and differentiation.
  • Create a joyful, stimulating, and innovative environment for learning
  • Assess student progress and adjust teaching plans accordingly; provide students with regular and timely feedback about their progress.
  • Integrate suitable use of technology as appropriate
  • Collaborate with colleagues to design interdisciplinary and project-based learning curricular experiences.
  • Actively pursue professional development in the teaching of performing arts and/or teaching in interdisciplinary project-based approaches
  • Maintain strong communication with colleagues, families, and administration.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree and course work in related field; Master’s Degree preferred
  • A versatile musician with a minimum 2-5 years of teaching experience
  • Experience with choral conducting on the lower and/or middle school level.
  • Some experience with instrumental conducting.
  • Creative, energetic, and positive approach to teaching
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive classroom community and to working actively to introduce students to diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives
  • Experience with student-centered teaching, project-based learning, interdisciplinary curriculum planning, and authentic measures of student learning
  • Experience integrating technology, including Google applications,GarageBand, laptop/iPads, SMART Board, etc., into teaching practice to support learning and deepen projects
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
TO APPLY
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to contact FCDS in confidence.  Please provide:
• A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position;
• A current résumé;
• A list of five professional references with name, relationship, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission) to:
 
Jon Lord, Dean of Student Life
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Fairfield Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, all-boys day school in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Founded in 1936 by Laurence W. Gregory, the school has admitted only boys since its inception. As per our mission: Fairfield Country Day School provides an educational community dedicated to the development of impactful young leaders of character and purpose; ready to face the everyday challenges and pivotal turning points of their lifetime with confidence, courage and compassion. Its balanced and challenging program is designed to help each student expand his desire and ability to acquire knowledge, capture his imagination, stimulate his curiosity and creativity, and enhance his self-esteem and respect for others. Each boy’s individual growth is encouraged in an environment that anticipates the future while appreciating the past.

FCDS admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

FCDS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status.