Instrumental Music Teacher – Band

Teaching Position

Closing Date: February 14, 2024

Job Term: Part Time

We seek an individual inspired by our mission and whose beliefs align with our core values of integrity, compassion, inquiry and courage and reflect our core competencies to join our Upper School as an Instrumental Music Teacher – Band. This is a part-time position, starting in September 2024.

Why Teach with Us

At Havergal College, we believe that our strength lies in our faculty and staff’s collective efforts, talents and accomplishments. Together, we can make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of our students. We offer a highly competitive compensation package for teachers, including a faculty teaching grid that is well above the major urban school boards; contributions to and participation in the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and/or Group RRSP; generous holidays that allow employees to recharge; comprehensive health and dental benefits; support for professional development including support for graduate work, additional qualifications (AQs), faculty-wide and individual professional development in teaching and learning, wellbeing, equity and inclusion, assessment and experiential education; and teaching on a beautiful 22-acre campus with excellent facilities.

Why Havergal is the Place to Be

Founded in 1894 and located on a beautiful 22-acre campus in midtown Toronto, Canada, Havergal College is one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent schools for girls from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12. At Havergal College, we believe that great schools are made up of great people. With a rich history spanning over 125 years, we are committed to offering a contemporary liberal arts education which is rooted in the Anglican tradition. Our mission is to prepare young women to make a difference. Through our outstanding academic and co-curricular programs and a cohesive and collegial team of faculty and administration staff, we nurture a culture of capability that fosters self-confidence, leadership, critical thinking and global-mindedness within our students.

We take pride in attracting and retaining highly qualified faculty and administration staff to ensure our school remains at the forefront of educational excellence. Join us in this transformative education journey, working together to empower young women to make a positive difference in our world.

We are committed to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment fosters a culture of mutual respect, creativity and innovation, collaboration and accountability. To this end, we encourage applications from all qualified candidates with diverse experiences and perspectives, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) peoples, LGBTQ2S+ and persons with disabilities to join our thriving team. We seek candidates committed to nurturing a community where integrity, compassion, inquiry and courage thrive. 

The Position

The Upper School program at Havergal College is distinguished by opportunities for students to develop and learn in an environment that is diverse, stimulating and supportive. Teaching facilities are well-equipped and offer bright, technology-rich environments.

Experienced Intermediate/Senior Music teachers at Havergal College are high-level practising musicians, who are confident in curriculum development and demonstrate an approach to teaching that reflects how girls learn. They support all learners with diverse strategies and approaches and are willing and able to use appropriate solutions to learning challenges experienced by students. Teachers optimize the use of the technology to support student learning as appropriate in a music class. Classes are engaging and dynamic; teachers genuinely enjoy their work and are approachable, available, knowledgeable, genuine and supportive.

As members of the Upper School faculty, teachers engage in the work of the Upper School in a collegial and supportive manner. They demonstrate an understanding of the importance of parents as partners in their daughter’s education by maintaining open and collaborative relationships with parents. As life-long learners, they demonstrate a commitment to actively seeking professional development. The music teachers offer extensive co-curricular opportunities for students to engage in music beyond the classroom, in addition to actively participating in other aspects of school life.

Specific Accountabilities

Planning & Preparation of Learning
  • Understand how to use knowledge of student developmental stages and current educational research to make appropriate and thoughtful instructional decisions in a music classroom.
  • Work in collaboration with the Upper School Music Department Head to develop content knowledge and to deliver a consistent, aligned and rigorous program of study.
  • Develop effective long-range, unit and lesson plans that demonstrate the principles of a teaching for understanding framework and reflect the Ontario Arts curriculum expectations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of assessment principles reflective of current assessment practices that are appropriate in the music classroom.
  • Work in collaboration with other faculty to develop integrated units of study as appropriate in music.
  • Model best practices with using technology in the classroom to help support the curriculum and the developmental stages of students.
Setting the Learning Environment
  • Demonstrate compassion, acceptance, insight and interest in developing students’ potential and capacity.
  • Model the school’s values through actions and words when dealing with students, parents and other adults in the school.
  • Demonstrate an understanding that students learn through active intellectual engagement.
  • Create a trusting learning environment for students by acting consistently, fairly, openly and honestly and having clear expectations for all students.
  • Ensure appropriate behaviour in the classroom and on school property.
  • Create a learning environment where student thinking is visible, valued and part of their everyday experiences.
  • Create a safe and engaging learning space reflective of the developmental needs of students.
Instructional Practices
  • Ensure instructional practices are reflective of advanced planning and preparation and the time that is available.
  • Ensure questions and instructional strategies help to promote student thinking and serve to extend their understanding, knowledge and skills.
  • Use relevant pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, along with resources and technology in the planning for and responding to the individual needs of students.
  • Ensure student learning is appropriately documented and reported.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Uphold the professional and ethical standards of practice as defined by the Ontario College of Teachers.
  • Actively participate in professional growth activities (membership in professional learning communities, completing professional reading, setting professional learning goals).
  • Maintain consistent, professional, supporting and encouraging relationships with colleagues.
  • Ensure compliance with all school policies and practices and maintain all required documentation.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with parents and work with them as partners in their daughter’s educational journey.
  • Actively lead music co-curricular programming and participate in the life of the school outside of the classroom.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience

  • Relevant university qualifications at the Bachelor level, including a Bachelor of Education with Intermediate/Senior qualifications and a Bachelor of Music degree.
  • Certification from the Ontario College of Teachers and be a member in ‘Good Standing’.
  • An Honours Specialist in music is an asset.
  • A graduate degree in education and/or music is an asset.
  • A comprehensive understanding of current educational practices in the area of curriculum planning and implementation, assessment and instructional strategies related to Arts Education and music.
  • Understanding of how to apply the current research on girls and learning.
  • Knowledge of differing learning needs and strategies for supporting all kinds of learners.
  • A commitment toward continued professional development and growth.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, time-management and communication skills.
  • Self-starter, able to work in a self-directed manner appropriate to changing needs.
  • A proven commitment to working successfully in collaborative environments.
  • Experience in an independent school is an asset.
  • Energy, commitment and a readiness to be a leader in the co-curricular program and a participant in the diverse life of the school community, particularly in the co-curricular arts/music program.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to the Core Competencies of:
    • Inclusive Excellence
    • Collaboration & Teamwork
    • Integrity & Trust
    • Learning Agility
    • Communication
    • Growth Mindset

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and express their interest to HC Careers no later than February 14, 2024.

Havergal College thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Havergal College is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process, and work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. If you require accommodations, please contact Cathy LeBlanc at 416-483-3519 ext. 6526 or by email at [email protected].