The Academy at Penguin Hall, Wenham, MA
Position: Music Teacher
Status: Part time or full-time, 10 months
Start Date: August 2023
The Academy at Penguin Hall, an innovative college preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12, seeks a Music educator beginning in the 2022-23 academic year. Main responsibilities include teaching 3-4 courses (e.g., chorus, song writing, foundations of music, depending on part-time or full-time), developing curriculum, and working as part of a collaborative department. The position will also serve as the Musical Director for APH’s fall musical theater production and Spring Festival. There may be opportunity to teach an after-school, co-curricular offering as well. Other responsibilities may include serving as an advisor, sponsoring a club and/or activity, and participating broadly in the life of the school.
Our Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be a flexible, dynamic educator with deep content knowledge and an infectious enthusiasm for teaching music. They will have a related degree and secondary school teaching experience, and a desire to grow a music program. They will have a command of pedagogical best practices and commitment to developing students’ skills in all areas of music and performing. This position will provide our students with a robust program that meets both their academic needs and the opportunity to explore additional areas of interest. The ideal candidate will model a growth mindset, actively pursue professional development, and be an effective collaborator with a high-performing, fun-loving faculty. Most importantly, they will have both an understanding of and love for working with girls in grades 9-12.
The Academy at Penguin Hall seeks and supports diversity in its faculty and staff, and seeks candidates who will contribute to anti-racism and anti-bias principles and practices in and out of the classroom.
- Demonstrate a passion for music education and its role in educating the whole child
- Teach three music classes each semester and an after-school music offering
- Create engaging, student-centered lessons, materials and assessments
- Effectively differentiate instruction and successfully use a variety of teaching strategies to meet students’ needs
- Develop an inclusive classroom and performance culture that supports the social and emotional well-being of all students
- Routinely reflect on lessons and approaches, seek feedback, and demonstrate and desire to continually grow one’s teaching practices
- Participate in curriculum development and review, including proposing and teaching new electives as appropriate
- Serve as Musical Director for the Fall musical and Co-Director of Spring Festival; collaborate with the theater department on productions
- Collaborate with Performing Arts Department Chair and Head of School to select repertoire that serves educational goals and supports the mission of the school
- Serve as advisor to a small group of students, a club advisor, and an additional role that supports the school
- Communicate with students and parents in a timely, constructive manner
- Collaborate and communicate regularly with other faculty, administration and parents about the academic, social, and emotional health of students
- Engage in the life of the school community outside of the classroom
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in related field required; advanced degree preferred
- At least 3 years of experience teaching and directing productions at the secondary level
- Experience teaching contemporary a cappella, choral ensembles and instrumental music
- Proven track record of creating equitable and inclusive curriculum and learning environments
- Uses technology thoughtfully and creatively to enhance teaching and learning
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
- Experience with music technology, equipment, and sound systems is preferred
About The Academy at Penguin Hall
The Academy at Penguin Hall is a dynamic independent school for girls in grades 9-12 situated on a 50-acre campus in Wenham, MA, on the North Shore of Boston. With a mission of educating, enlightening and empowering young women to live and to lead exemplary lives, our college preparatory program fosters adventurous thinkers and compassionate leaders who embrace a culture of kindness and academic accomplishment. Upon graduation, students have a clear understanding of who they are as learners, thinkers and individuals. In addition to competitive salary and benefits, faculty enjoy working in a collegial, growth-oriented, and joyful community. We seek faculty who will actively contribute to an equitable and inclusive learning environment where all can thrive academically, personally and professionally.
To apply, interested candidates should email a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQ educators, or educators from communities that are historically underrepresented in independent schools. We are committed to an inclusive school experience for all those who come to work at The Academy at Penguin Hall.
The Academy at Penguin Hall is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, genetics, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, veteran or active military status, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by state, federal or local law.