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Strings Teacher for Grades 4-8

Sunfield Farm and Waldorf School

Port Hadlock, WA, USA

Full time


Apr 14

Sunfield Farm and Waldorf School is seeking a Strings Teacher to join our faculty for the 2022-2023 School Year. The position would begin in late August for Faculty Preview Days and our All Staff Retreat. Our school year begins the week following Labor Day Weekend.

The Strings Teacher is responsible for providing instrumental music lessons for elementary and middle school students. Music is integral to the Waldorf curriculum, and the string teacher works to introduce basic instrumental and general musical skills to younger students and to develop these throughout the grades. The music program at Sunfield includes classes in violin, viola, or cello for the 4th grade, 5th grade, combined 6/7 grade, and 8th grade. Ideally, we would like to offer two classes per week in each grade for a total of 8 classes.

Knowledge of string pedagogy and repertoire
Degree in music education or performance desired
Teaching experience in classroom and/or one-on-one instruction desired
Willingness to learn about Waldorf education and incorporate the principles into teaching

Areas of Responsibility:
Choosing repertoire, planning lessons, and teaching classes
Preparing students and attending performances at festivals
Attending occasional faculty meetings and monthly All-Staff meetings
Writing mid-year progress reports and end-of year reports
Communicating effectively with parents, students, and colleagues
Collaborating with class teachers
Maintaining an organized classroom space

This position has the option to offer private instruction on campus (which would generate additional income). Experience teaching Choir is also a plus and could mean additional teaching hours.

Sunfield has been on our land for 16 years. We are serving 155 children in preschool through 8th grade this year, and expect a return to strong enrollment for the 2022/23 school year. Daily, children and teachers work with animals, plants, gardens, compost, walk and play on the land, and steward this magical place. Our dedicated faculty of 18 includes lead teachers, assistants and specialties instructors. Our faculty enjoy a strong colleagueship, deepening their work through Anthroposophy and a connection to the land and animals. Faculty have also committed to an examination of issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion, with the goal of educating each young person in the elemental values of justice, equity, and inclusivity; and to encourage practices of compassion and critical-thought into their lives within, outside of, and beyond Sunfield. Sunfield maintains a committed and supportive administrative team that participates in the life of the school and farm.

Sunfield Land for Learning encompasses a Waldorf school, Biodynamic farm and community education program. We are located on an 81-acre campus in Jefferson county on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. We are one of few Waldorf schools in the nation that is located on a thriving farm, which includes a forest, wetland and agricultural fields. Sunfield is nestled between the Olympic mountains and the Puget Sound, just outside of Port Townsend, a vibrant Victorian seaport community. We are two hours away from the bustling city of Seattle and have mountains and ocean in our backyard. Truly a beautiful place to live and work!

Specialty teachers at Sunfield are paid hourly with additional time allocated for class preparation and occasional meetings.

How to Apply
Qualified and interested candidates please email a letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to hiring@Sunfieldfarm.org

111 Sunfield Lane, Port Hadlock, WA 98339

Sunfield is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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