BB&N seeks a full-time lower school music teacher to teach Grades 3-6.
The Lower School music program aims to help students grow in their enjoyment, appreciation, and performance of music through a variety of planned music experiences, which include singing/listening to music, playing instruments, music theory skills, and music history.
The Music Teacher, Grades 3-6 should be a skilled musician who is passionate about a variety of music genres and the richness of the musical experience. The Grades 3-6 Music Teacher is responsible for creating and maintaining a positive classroom climate, involvement in curriculum development, preparing students for musical performances, and evaluating student performance and growth. The Grades 3-6 Music Teacher also plans and orchestrates annual concerts, partners with other faculty for the Grade 6 musical production, and co-plans/co-leads Lower School assemblies. The Grades 3-6 Music Teacher will work closely with other teachers to develop interdisciplinary learning experiences, prepare progress reports and conference with families throughout the year, and perform scheduled campus duties. The Grades 3-6 Music Teacher is also responsible for planning and leading/co-leading Affinity Lunch.
Some additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, attendance at weekly faculty meetings, ordering of materials, tools, instructional aids, budget management, admissions work, Back to School Night presentation, and any other duties that may be assigned by Administration.
The Grades 3-6 Music Teacher is expected to be committed to the following practices:
Diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and the impact it has on the curriculum and the community.
Using the visual arts to expand on the thoughts and ideas of the students.
Collaboration between adults in our community that evolves and advances practice.
Documentation and assessment of learning in ways that make the learning visible.
Understanding of Inquiry based-interdisciplinary research projects and the development of authentic and meaningful experiences that results in exemplary work (a student's best work) and lifelong learning.
Organization and use of materials within different disciplines in skilled and inventive ways to deepen learning.
Installation of organized and aesthetically pleasing learning environments.
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of three years of teaching experience at the elementary school level, significant knowledge of child development, and a strong knowledge of elementary music curriculum. In addition, candidates should be well-versed in interdisciplinary curriculum, project work, and anti-bias curriculum. A Master’s degree in elementary music education is preferred.
The candidate should demonstrate:
Joy working with elementary aged students, and an understanding of child-development for this age group
Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
Knowledge and commitment around diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and the impact it has on the classroom climate and curriculum
A desire to continue seeking professional development
Excellent writing skills
Ability to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of the curriculum
Ability to communicate effectively with students and families
Curriculum design experience
Ability to receive feedback
High standards of professional conduct
About Buckingham Browne & Nichols
BB&N, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, MA, was established in 1974 by the merger of two independent schools, the Buckingham School and the Browne & Nichols School, founded respectively in 1889 and 1883. Located on multiple campuses, we work as one School in pursuit of excellence. We celebrate the diversity of our community, which enriches our daily experience. At BB&N we foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a deep concern and respect for others.
BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. We value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all.