ORGANIZATION: Larchmont Charter Schools, Inc.
POSITION: Music Teacher, Larchmont Charter School
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
Reports to: Assistant Principal
School Year: 2012-2013
BACKGROUND ON THE LARCHMONT SCHOOLS
Larchmont Schools was founded in 2005 in Los Angeles, California by a
dedicated group of parents who were inspired to create an academically
rigorous and diverse neighborhood school. Since then, we have grown into a
network of two schools serving nearly 900 students through K-8 Larchmont
Charter School and K-6 Larchmont Charter School-West Hollywood. The
Larchmont Schools network is the highest performing small charter network in
Los Angeles. With a student population reaching 40% free and reduced lunch
eligible and 50% children of color, Larchmont Schools are some of the most
diverse public schools in the city. Both schools rank among the top 30
highest performing public schools in Los Angeles. Adding grade levels every
year, by the fall of 2015, Larchmont Schools will be a K-12 charter network
with nearly 1,750 students and an annual budget exceeding $15 million.
The mission of Larchmont Schools is to provide a socio-economically,
culturally and racially diverse community of students with an exceptional
public education. We foster creativity and academic excellence; our students
learn with and from each other in an experience-centered, inquiry-based
learning environment. With participation from our entire community,
including strong parental involvement, we strive to instill in each student
a dedication to improving the world we inhabit.
Larchmont Schools utilizes the constructivist teaching methodology, which
centers on project-based learning and theme building lessons.
By demonstrating that schools can be simultaneously public, open to all,
diverse, and high performing, Larchmont Schools can challenge more schools
to be created that are both high quality and serve a student population that
mirrors the diversity of our community, our city, and our country.
Larchmont Charter School seeks to hire a results-oriented proven
instructional leader to serve as a music teacher. The ideal candidate will
have considerable experience teaching music to middle and high school
students and strong classroom management skills. Candidates will be
dedicated music educators who are able to nurture students’
innate musicality, while also fostering the life of music within the school
community. Familiarity with constructivist pedagogy is highly desired, but a
willingness to learn about constructivism is required.
We are looking for a strong collaborator committed to building strong
relationships with colleagues as we grow as a school together. A strong
commitment to building strong relationships with students and their families
The music teacher will teach general music and other electives to grades 6 -
9 this year. The position can be tailored to the particular talents of the
candidate, but a strong background in vocal music and conducting is
essential. Strong piano and percussion skills are highly desirable. The
candidate will be passionate about developing our student musicians and
their knowledge and skills in the area of music in accordance with the
California state frameworks. The music teacher will teach three periods most
days, with additional time built in for collaboration, planning, support for
the elementary school Friday Morning Sing program, and after school chorus.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
. Lead a group of students to rigorous and measureable academic
o Contributing to the design of a rigorous, well-rounded music program
o Designing lessons in vocal music, which include opportunities for
critical listening, theory, and performance
o Planning, rehearsing, conducting and directing pupils in musical
programs/performances for school and community
o Planning, preparing, and implementing music lesson plans that
utilize a variety of instructional strategies
o Auditioning and selecting performers for musical presentations
o Maintaining high expectations for students’ learning and overall conduct
o Assisting elementary music teacher with Friday Community Morning Sing
o Communicating and building positive relationships with students,
students’ families, colleagues and other stakeholders
o Working collaboratively in a professional learning community and
participating in curriculum and developmental programs, as applicable.
o Developing authentic ways of assessing student progress, and
maintaining records of student learning
o Adhering to school policies, procedures and deadlines
o Performing other duties as assigned
. Must possess bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited
college or university
. Must meet NCLB requirements (Single Subject Teacher Credential:
. Email a resume, a 1-page philosophy of education statement,
and contact information for three professional references to:
. Please provide at least three professional references that can
speak to the following:
o Ability to work with parents
o Leading student learning
o Building strong relationships within the classroom setting
o Contributing to a professional team
. Application deadline: Until Filled. Consideration will be
given to candidates as soon as applications are submitted.
. Applicants who DO NOT have any one of the qualifications will
NOT be considered.
. Please do not call about this position. All inquiries should
be submitted to LCSjobs@larchmontcharter.org.
Larchmont Charter School is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and does not
unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender
identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, sexual
orientation, veteran status, marital status, mental or physical disability,
or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state or federal law.
Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in the application
and/or interview process should indicate during the time of submitting an
application or prior to the interview so that we can make proper
arrangements. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given
equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related