Music Teacher, Elementary

West Nairobi School

School Info:

Name:West Nairobi School

Region:Africa

JOB DESCRIPTION – Elementary Music Teacher

School Background:

Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya, having about four million inhabitants. West Nairobi School (WNS) is located in Karen, Kenya, a suburb in the west of Nairobi. Adjacent to the Ngong Forest, WNS is a very beautiful place. The temperature is consistent year-round, remaining between 20 and 27 degrees Celsius (65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit) with rains occurring in November-December and again in March-May. English is one of the official languages of Kenya, Kiswahili being the other. Tourism is the top industry in Kenya, followed closely by the tea and coffee industry.


West Nairobi School is an international school that partners with parents to provide an education of excellence from a Biblical worldview based on North American curriculum.  West Nairobi School strives to nurture the academic, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual development of the whole child. WNS serves children in grades pre-K through 12 from missionary, diplomatic, international business, and Kenyan families.  

Job Summary/Objective:

Under the guidance of the Director and Elementary Principal the music teacher is responsible for teaching music education to pupils in grades K4 through Grade 5 and assists the staff of the school in the improvement and appreciation of music instruction. Helps pupils grow in their enjoyment, appreciation and performance of music through a variety of planned music experiences which include singing, moving to music, playing of instruments and listening and performs other duties directly related to this job description.

General Responsibilities:

Under the guidance of the Director and Elementary Principal the music teacher shall be responsible for the following:

Instructional Responsibilities

  • Teach K4 through grade 5 music classes following prescribed standards and benchmarks. (possibility of teaching Middle School or High School classes as needed)
  • Use Rubicon Atlas for curriculum design
  • Orchestrate two elementary performances a year:
    • A Christmas Story presentation highlighting the students' talents and sharing the biblical Christmas story
    • A Spring Concert including drama, instruments and vocal selections

General

  • Skills in music understanding, appreciation, harmony, exploration in music and choral music to elementary pupils
  • Plans/executes a balanced music program and organizes class time so that preparation, rehearsal and instruction can be accomplished within the allotted time
  • Provides individual and small group instruction in order to adapt the music curriculum to the needs of each pupil. Encourages students to develop individual musical skills to the greatest extent possible
  • Utilizes repertoire of all types of music literature, including traditional and contemporary that are appropriate for the ages and skill levels of pupils
  • Evaluates each pupil’s musical growth, performance and musical understanding.  Assesses each individual’s contribution to the performance of the group
  • Knowledge of ORFF Approach, a bonus

Additional Duties

  • Selects appropriate music, books and instructional aides to enhance learning and requisitions musical instruments and instructional supplies, as necessary
  • Cooperation with Elementary Principal and staff in providing musical programs for school assemblies, open house, parent meetings and seasonal programs

Character

  • Maintain a close personal walk with the Lord evidenced by his/her example and spiritual leadership among peers and with students.
  • Demonstrate the character qualities of enthusiasm, courtesy, flexibility, integrity, kindness, self-control, perseverance, and punctuality.
  • Act as appropriate Christian role models in appearance and actions.
  • Meet everyday stress with emotional stability, objectivity, and optimism.
  • Develop and maintain rapport with faculty, staff, students, and parents by treating others with friendliness, dignity, and consideration.
  • Respectfully submit and demonstrate loyalty to constituted authority.

Qualifications:

  • Exemplifies strong Christian Character
  • Native English speaker
  • Certified teacher with music education degree
  • Experience preferred but not required

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