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Strings Teacher

Detroit Waldorf School

Detroit, Michigan

Part time


Jun 15

The Detroit Waldorf School is currently seeking an instrumental Music Teacher for Strings to begin in fall 2022. The position includes 16 periods of instruction and preparation time for grades 3-8. Interested applicants should be willing to be part of a team of teachers committed to creating a strong curriculum of age-appropriate learning. 

This is an 80% position, with classes four days a week, Monday-Thursday. The required qualifications of a Music Teacher for Strings include substantial experience teaching strings to a varied population, and a minimum of a B.A., as well as a State of Michigan Teaching Certificate in General Music or Instrumental Music in order to participate in the Shared Time program.

We value excellent teaching and classroom management skills, as well as an understanding of child development. We also seek a colleague committed to building strong collegial and parent relationships, and one who is committed to self-development.

This position requires adaptability and flexibility with scheduling and the ability to adjust instructional delivery to varying grade levels and student abilities in in-person and remote learning if required. Familiarity with the Waldorf approach to the music curriculum and how it addresses the developing child is preferred; willingness to learn about this approach through professional development provided by the school is a necessary minimum requirement.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lesson preparation in accordance with the philosophy, purpose, and curriculum standards of the Detroit Waldorf School
  • Attendance at school events (day and evening) when orchestra students are performing and also for opening and closing assemblies for the school year
  • Preparation for and active participation in parent/teacher conferences
  • Timely completion of student reports
  • Completion of attendance reports in accordance with the Shared Time agreement
  • Completion of 30 hours of professional development per year, a Shared-Time requirement.
  • Weekly attendance at Faculty-Staff meetings, including before and after school meetings and other scheduled professional development, as well as active participation in committee work after the first year

We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our school at https://www.detroitwaldorf.org/ and to attend a Taste of Waldorf Tour.

Our strong commitment to increasing and supporting diversity in employment and our programs are expressed in our desire to hire candidates underrepresented in Waldorf Education. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education are encouraged to apply.

The Detroit Waldorf School offers a base salary of $33,600 for this 80% position. Additional compensation, commensurate with experience and credentials, is added to the salary which also includes health and dental insurance, retirement, support for professional development, and 80% tuition remission. The position begins July 1st, 2022.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an application, cover letter, resume, and two professional references, via email to Personnel@detroitwaldorf.org or by mail to Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns, Detroit, MI 48214. 

Qualified candidates will be invited to schedule a visit. The hiring process includes, but is not limited to: an introductory campus tour, classroom observations, one or more teaching demonstrations presented by the candidate, and a hiring interview with members of the Personnel Committee and College of Teachers. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

The Detroit Waldorf School is a multi-racial and multicultural school, celebrating more than 50 years in the heart of the Detroit renaissance. We have the honor of being one of the ten oldest Waldorf schools in the United States. We offer a full curriculum and we are accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, the Waldorf Early Childhood Association, and the Independent Schools Association of Central States. Our Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Michigan. Our school has a strong early childhood program, including a Kindergarten specific class that serves as a bridge to the grades. Our elementary program includes German and Spanish, eurythmy, handwork, arts, remedial resource program, music including orchestra and band, physical education, after-school sports, artistic activities, extended care and camps programs. Our school resides in a beautiful 1920s historical building situated on a 4-acre campus with an organic garden.

The Detroit Waldorf School does not discriminate in admissions, hiring, or employment practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, or age.  Furthermore, parents, students, faculty, staff members, and board members are all expected to conduct themselves and discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the school's non-discrimination policy.

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