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Posted
March 17, 2019
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Position
Middle School Music Teacher
Description
Hillbrook School is seeking a full-time middle school (5th-8th) music teacher to teach music classes and electives, serve as director of the school musical, and participate in grade-level activities that support the student experience.

Hillbrook School is a co-ed, independent, junior kindergarten-8th grade school located on 14 acres of oak woodland in Los Gatos, CA. Founded in 1935, Hillbrook School remains deeply connected to its historical roots as a school where children are known, learning is authentic and active, and success is measured one child at a time. During the past 80 years, we have grown and evolved from a small boarding school serving wards of the state to one of the leading independent schools in the Bay Area, and yet our vision remains the same—to inspire children to achieve their dreams and reach beyond themselves to make a difference in the world. Our talented faculty delivers a program that provides 385 students with a unique blend of challenging and engaging academics, visual and performing arts, passion-driven projects, and opportunities to serve and partner with others in our community.

Hillbrook School is a recognized leader in educational innovation, earning designation since 2010 as an Apple Distinguished School. Our 1:1 iPad program in the middle school, iLab Makerspace classroom, Center for Teaching Excellence, and Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship all stem from a commitment to being on the leading edge of best practices in education. Our faculty members present at conferences across the nation and globe each year, on topics that range from innovative uses of technology, to research studies we have conducted on the impact of classroom design on teaching and learning. Hillbrook is intentional about, and deeply committed to, cultural competency and professional growth. We are a community of highly-engaged, lifelong learners.

It is an exciting moment to enter our school. The middle school is in the final year of a three-year expansion process, with an ultimate target of 200 students in grades 5-8. With that expansion, we are bringing on teachers to broaden our course offerings and continue our work designing projects and courses that bridge disciplines. We implemented a new schedule during the 2018-19 school year that balances the teaching of core skills in English, math, and world language, with interdisciplinary approaches to history and science in our newly created Integrated Studies blocks. The new schedule also includes Reach Beyond Block, a weekly period devoted to co-taught, multi-age, multi-disciplinary experiences that challenge students to reach beyond themselves to make a difference in the world. We are also in the process of constructing a large new MakerSpace, the Hub, which will connect our visual art studios and science labs, and bring our philosophical emphasis on project-based learning, question-asking, making and engineering into the physical heart of campus. The Hub will open during the 2019-20 school year.

As noted in our Statement of Inclusivity, Hillbrook is an intentionally diverse community that strives to reflect the extraordinary diversity of Silicon Valley. We believe that educational excellence and equity depend on the creation of a diverse and inclusive community where all people feel a full sense of membership. As a community, we lean into the sometimes complex and challenging conversations about inclusivity because we believe that the growth of a community and learner is continual, and striking a balance between individual and community can be difficult work.

Responsibilities:
• Instruct students in music theory, harmony, and music appreciation
• Teach singing and musical instrument instruction to individuals and groups through 5th-8th grade level classes and electives
• Lead choral and instrumental groups in regular and special performances for the school program, community activities, and concerts
• Oversee and direct the school musical
• Lead Community Sing for JK-8th grade
• Implement the school’s social-emotional curriculum, which is based on Responsive Classroom and Developmental Design.
• Provide hands-on, inquiry-based teaching; manage collaborative learning groups; integrate technology into the curriculum.
• Communicate and follow-up on student progress, liaising with parents.
• Collaborate and co-teach with colleagues, including the Lower School music teacher and Resident Teachers, with a focus on differentiated instruction.
• Actively participate in a faculty culture that is committed to being at the leading edge of K-8 education.

Qualifications:
• A love of elementary and middle school children
• Master’s degree and three years teaching experience preferred in music or music education
• Demonstrated skills as a musician
• Demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning in a dynamic, 21st-century school community
• Expertise and experience teaching the Orff-Schulwerk method preferred
• Ability to work in a collegial, collaborative environment
• A growth mindset, active sense of humor, warm personality, and excellent organizational and communication skills
• Demonstrated proficiency in educational technology

Salaries are competitive. Benefits include full medical, dental, and vision coverage; ample retirement planning with TIAA-CREF; a generous holiday schedule; access to and support with the latest state-of-the-art education technology; and a strong commitment to engaging and personalized professional development.

Hillbrook School is an equal opportunity employer. Opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or handicap.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume as .pdf files to our Director of Human Resources, Rozanne Schiro ([email protected])

Visit our school’s website to learn more at www.hillbrook.org
Contact
Rozanne Schiro, Director of Human Resources
[email protected]

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