Middle School Chorus Teacher: Lexington Public Schools

Position Title: Chorus Teacher at Clarke Middle School, Lexington, MA

FLSA: Exempt

Reports to: Building Principal and Department Head

Terms of Employment: 184 day work year, full-time. Benefits and salary in accordance with the LEA Unit A collective bargaining agreement. August 31, 2020 start date. Unit A 20-21 Salary Range

Position Responsibilities:

  • Meets and instructs students (grades 6-8) in chorus classes during assigned class time and in the designated locations.
  • Conducting and directing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choruses both in rehearsal and in class.
  • Plans and execute approximately three to four school performances a year.
  • Has the potential to bring students to district and regional music festivals.
  • Teaches some sections of 7th grade guitar.
  • Attends all department, building, and PLC meetings.
  • Works collaboratively and in partnership with a choral accompanist.
  • Completes all administrative tasks effectively and efficiently.
  • Plans a program of study that, as much as possible, meets the individual needs, interests and abilities of the students.
  • Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
  • Prepares for classes assigned and shows written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate superior.
  • Encourages students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior.
  • Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and, in harmony with the goals, establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units and projects to communicate these objectives to students.
  • Employs a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media, consistent with the physical limitations of the location provided and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.
  • Strives to implement by instruction and action the district’s philosophy of education and instructional goals and objectives.
  • Assesses the accomplishments of students on a regular basis and provides progress reports as required.
  • Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Maintains accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulation.
  • Assists the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct, and for the classroom, develops reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedure, and maintains order in the classroom in a fair and just manner.
  • Makes provision for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested to do so under reasonable terms and as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement if applicable.
  • Plans and supervises purposeful assignments for teacher aide(s) and volunteer(s) and, cooperatively with department heads and principals assists in the evaluation of their job performance.
  • Strives to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Attends staff meetings and serves on staff committees as required.
  • Teaches Music to pupils in a classroom, using the course of study adopted by the School
  • Committee and other appropriate learning activities.
  • Instructs pupils in citizenship and basic subject matter specified in state law and administrative regulations and procedures of the school district.
  • Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil.
  • Translates lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instruction.
  • Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
  • Evaluates pupils’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records, and prepares progress reports.
  • Communicates with parents through conferences and other means to discuss pupil’s progress and interpret the school program.
  • Identifies pupil needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping pupils solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
  • Creates an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards, and interest centers.
  • Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the district and self-selected professional growth activities.
  • Supervises pupils in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day.
  • Administers group standardized tests in accordance with district testing program.
  • Participates in curriculum development programs as required.
  • Participates in faculty committees and the sponsorship of pupil activities.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

  • Must have appropriate licensure in the subject and at the grade level posted
  • have a Masters degree in music education
  • have had at least five years of successful teaching experience in chorus
  • have demonstrated the development of a successful choral program from previous experience
  • have a strong background in the National Core Arts Standards in music
  • have a strong understanding and successful execution of UbD lesson planning and unit planning
  • have an extremely strong background in vocal pedagogy, vocal health, music theory, musicianship skills, and aural skills
  • have a strong conducting background able to identify and troubleshoot technical, musical, and expressive elements in the music
  • have a strong understanding of working with students from diverse backgrounds and is able to teach in a culturally responsive way
  • create a learning environment that exudes high standards for our students in an inspiring, positive, and supportive way
  • have exceptional organizational, administrative, and communication skills
  • be goal oriented and a continuous learner
  • be collaborative, positive, and flexible in working with their colleagues, students, parents, administrators, and community

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands or arms.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Experience and commitment to working in a racially and culturally diverse teaching and learning community.

Applicants for employment are considered without regard to age, physical, mental or psychiatric disability, genetics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, or military status.