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Now hiring for the 2022-2023 school year!

Become a Music Teacher or Instructional Supervisor with Education Through Music-Colorado

Elementary Music Teacher

Denver, CO

ETM-CO is currently seeking General Music Teachers to join a thriving nonprofit to provide direct music instruction to students in under-resourced schools in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area.

Our mission is to partner with under-resourced schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, and utilize music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence. ETM-CO believes that every child deserves access to high-quality music education, taught by qualified and well-trained music teachers.

The music teacher is an integral part of this partnership between ETM-CO and the school. The music teacher implements the ETM-CO mission in the classroom as well as participates in the school’s community. We strive to create sustainable music programs. Once we have laid the foundation for a strong music program, we expect that the music teacher will be hired by the school. 

Each music teacher’s program is designed in consultation with Education Through Music’s program staff and based on Colorado Academic Standards for music. Since each program and student population is unique, it is the teacher’s role to design and implement a standards-based curriculum, and they are supported in this endeavor by the ETM-CO Instructional Supervisor (mentor). Lesson planning is required and will be reviewed on a regular basis. We provide all ETM-CO Music Teachers with ongoing professional development, training, and mentoring.

In addition to ongoing professional development, ETM-CO also offers:

  • An elective employee-contributed health coverage plan
  • Opportunities for tuition reimbursement
  • Opportunity for alternative licensure (if relevant)
  • Part-time and full-time teaching opportunities

All ETM-CO Employees are expected to do the following when performing their respective jobs: 

  • Represent the organization in a professional manner, with fidelity while supporting the mission, vision and values of the organization
  • Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision
  • Interact professionally with other employees, vendors and school stakeholders
  • Work effectively as a team contributor on assignments
  • Work independently while understanding the necessity for communication and coordinating work efforts with other employees, vendors and school stakeholders

Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Teaching a standards-based music curriculum to students in ways that are relevant 

and appropriately rigorous

  • Engaging diverse learners
  • Envisioning and developing a new music program for the school and students
  • Planning and producing two all school concerts/performances each year (or two opportunities for each student to perform for an audience)
  • Supporting the school’s model and vision for arts education. This might include arts infusion, student performances for community events, and after-school programs.
  • Engaging in a regular process of lesson planning, feedback, revision, and goal-setting
  • Participate in school and district-led meetings, trainings, duties, events, and other tasks
  • Collaborating with ETM-CO staff, school administrators, colleagues, and parents
  • Participating in the Annual ETM-CO Music Festival, All Together Now
  • Participating in marketing and development initiatives as directed by ETM-CO, that may include: submitting exemplary student work, sharing stories/anecdotes, donor observations, directing students in performances outside of school

Job Requirements:

  • Applicants who possess a BA or Master’s Degree in Music, Education or Fine Arts (Music Education is a plus) are given priority*
  •  Previous classroom teaching experience is strongly preferred
  •  Proficiency in musical literacy and performance on voice/instrument
  • Sufficient music content knowledge in order to pass the Colorado PRAXIS music proficiency exam

*ETM-CO welcomes musically proficient applicants who hold or are pursuing certification, and seeks placements to support the career advancement of our teachers. Non-licensed teachers will be asked to demonstrate proficiency with a score of 161 or higher on the PRAXIS 5113 test.

Essential Functions:

  • Training and/or experience with relevant pedagogical approaches or tools, such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Music Learning Theory, Modern Band, Jazz, Technology, Recording, Classroom instruments
  • Excellent professional communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate with parents, students, and staff
  • Proficiency with lesson planning tools, including but not limited to Google Drive, Google Docs, Pages/Word.
  • Comfort with learning or using technology to benefit student learning

Commitment to the community we serve:

  • Reflect on and confront biases 
  • Engage in learning, conversations, and actionable practices to promote: anti-racism, social justice, equity, and decolonizing the music curriculum
  • Demonstrate experience in and/or commitment to Culturally Responsive Pedagogies
  • Cultivate a classroom environment that supports students’ Social Emotional Needs 
  • Demonstrate experience in and/or commitment to Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Build relationships with students and parents/guardians, inviting them as partners in their music education 
  • Demonstrate initiative for professional growth by: seeking feedback, engaging in coaching, collaborating with colleagues, participating in professional development opportunities, contributing to the field of music education 

Reports to:

  • ETM-CO Instructional Supervisor
  • ETM-CO Program Manager
  • ETM-CO Executive Director
  • School-based principal(s)
  • School-based leaders

Submit your application online by clicking here or on the apply button below.

Finalists will be asked to teach a lesson geared toward the students and content of the desired position. 

Note:

  • Prior to receiving an official offer, finalists will be asked to immediately undergo a fingerprinting and background check with the FBI and CBI and have those directly sent to ETM-CO. Only those with a clear background check are eligible for hire by ETM.
  • Within the first semester of teaching, new hires who are not certified in music education must pass the PRAXIS 5113 exam with a score of 161 or higher.

Job Description - Instructional Supervisor

Become an Instructional Supervisor with Education Through Music-Colorado (ETM-CO)

NOW HIRING FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

ETM-CO is currently seeking a part-time (10-15 hours/week) Instructional Supervisor to join a thriving nonprofit to provide Instructional Supervision and Coaching to music teachers in under-resourced schools in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area.

Our mission is to partner with under-resourced schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, and utilize music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence. ETM-CO believes that every child deserves access to high-quality music education, taught by qualified and well-trained music teachers.

The Instructional Supervisor is an integral part of this partnership between ETM-CO and the schools. The Instructional Supervisor supports the music teachers in implementing the ETM-CO mission in the classroom and in the school’s community. We strive to create sustainable music programs. 

The Instructional Supervisor (IS) provides effective instructional supervision involving raising student achievement and creating valuable educational opportunities for students. They provide guidance, support, coaching, and continuous assessment to teachers for their professional development and improvement in the teaching-learning process. The Instructional Supervisor assists each music teacher in designing a program that aligns with Education Through Music’s vision and Colorado Academic Standards for music. Since each program and student population is unique, it is the teacher’s role to design and implement a standards-based curriculum, and they are supported in this endeavor by the ETM-CO Instructional Supervisor. The ETM-CO Instructional Supervisor will review required lesson plans on a regular basis, as well as to provide ongoing professional development, training, mentoring, and supervision. 

Additionally, the Instructional Supervisor assists with the management of school partnerships, including relationship and communications with school leadership. They contribute to ETM-CO’s professional development knowledge base, resources and overall teacher training capabilities.

Reports to
  • ETM-CO Program Manager
  • ETM-CO Executive Director

 

Other Functions:
1.Instructional document creation and management
2.Design and implementation of new projects and materials as necessary
3.General assistance at organizational events, including administrative tasks and managing students
4.Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager or Executive Director
5.Stay up-to-date on educational research and best practices

 

Supervisory Responsibility, if any:
Music Teachers, Supervision of up to 35 children in regular classroom activities and up to 200 for special events.

 

Working Conditions:
Remote environment and Denver Metro public school classrooms located in all neighborhoods. Regular field travel required.

 

MINIMUM Qualifications:  the minimum level of education, experience and certifications acceptable for the position.
Education:Bachelor Degree in Music Education or related field.
Experience:Five years primary or secondary classroom teaching experience, preferably in under-resourced public schools. Teacher leadership, i.e. team lead, mentor, etc. 
Specific skills:Vocal/instrumental performance capabilities. 

Excellent professional communication skills

Specialized knowledge, licenses, etc.State Teacher certification. Musical theory and notation literacy. Understanding of music pedagogy, educational theory and child development. Knowledge of specific musical repertoire and genres. Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Computer literate, including MS Office Suite. 

 

PREFERRED Qualifications:
Education:Master’s Degree 
Experience:More than five years primary or secondary classroom teaching experience, preferably in under-resourced public schools. Staff/project management, teacher leadership, or instructional coaching. 
Specific skills:Advanced vocal or instrumental performance capabilities, particularly guitar, piano and vocal. Choral/Instrumental Conducting.

Excellent professional communication skills.

Specialized knowledge, licenses, etc.All of the minimum qualifications, and: 

Advanced practical understanding of music pedagogy, educational theory and child development. Additional certification, i.e., Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze and/or other music teaching pedagogies. Additional training in coaching, i.e. Cognitive Coaching. 

 

Submit your application online at https://forms.gle/7BATxRtawpcMJYy78

Finalists will be invited to interview. 

Note: Prior to receiving an official offer, finalists will be asked to immediately undergo a fingerprinting and background check with the FBI and CBI and have those directly sent to ETM-CO. Only those with a clear background check are eligible for hire by ETM.