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Vocal/General Music Teacher
Overall Objective: To build a vocal/general music curriculum for grades one through eight, based on the anthroposophical understanding of child development and in tune with the Waldorf method of teaching.
The music brought to HVWS students should come from one of the following sources:
- Waldorf music sources;
- folk music of various cultures and traditions, in accordance with the Grades curriculum where possible;
- the classical repertoire, from ancient to modern.
- For the middle school (grades 6-8), other sources may be considered. In case of uncertainty, the class teacher should be consulted.
Performances: Grades 4-8 perform at the annual Winter and Spring Concerts. Programs for concerts will be created in collaboration with the Strings and Orchestra Teacher. Concerts should be a maximum of 1½ hours in length.
All part-time teachers are responsible for the following:
- Have a “research attitude” toward the profession, with ongoing inward striving through both formal training and personal study in order to understand more about the curriculum and child development. The aim is to develop an inner source of strength through a meditation practice as a foundation out of which the pedagogical work may be done.
- Achieve a balance between maintaining your individual integrity and acknowledging the needs of the community.
- Communicate with class teachers/ parents when needed and appropriate.
- Address conflicts and interpersonal problems in accordance with the HVWS Code of Conduct and Discipline Policy.
- Keep accurate records of
- lesson plans and outcomes.
- children’s physical, emotional and intellectual capacities, abilities and achievements.
- Prepare individualized end-of-year progress reports by the designated deadline, and other reports regarding students as decided by Faculty.
- Commit time for parent-teacher conferences as needed, during regularly scheduled days in both November and March.
- Attend parent evenings as requested by class teachers.
- Record and submit classroom expenses, staying within the limits of the specialty teacher class budget.
- Submit supply order for the following school year by the designated deadline.
School / Community responsibilities:
- Commit to community education by attending lectures, workshops, conferences and faculty study in order to deepen your understanding of Waldorf pedagogy
- Participate in all faculty professional development days.
- Participate in peer review, observations, regular peer meetings and self-evaluations as outlined in Staff Development Guidelines.
- Attend workdays before and after the student school year, as required.
- Supervise children when they are playing outside, according to posted sign-up schedule. Find a replacement for yourself when you are unable to fulfill this duty.
- Attend Faculty Meetings and Grade School Meetings, including participation in the educational process of all students through child studies.
- Serve on Faculty committees. First-year teachers are excused from this responsibility.
- Participate in the greater Waldorf community, finding ways to share activities with other schools; keep up with AWSNA news.
- Attend and support school festivals and other all-school events when possible.
- Uphold the Long-Range Plan.
Time Involvement: This is a part-time position, currently 10 Teaching Hours for the 2022-23, and follows the established school calendar.
Supervision and Evaluation: Conducted as outlined in the Staff Development Guidelines.
Hiring and Termination:
- By the College of Teachers and HVWS Board of Trustees, as outlined in the Teacher Search Guidelines for hiring and the Staff Development Guidelines for termination.
- Preference in hiring for this position will be given to candidates who have completed the Music Training at a Waldorf teacher training institution.
- Priority will be given to candidates with a strong interest or background in expanding and supporting initiatives related to diversity and equity.
- Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on religion, national origin, color, race, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or physical disability in our programs and activities or in our hiring, admissions, financial aid, or scholarship practices and policies.
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