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String Ensemble Director

Company name
The Chicago High School

Chicago, IL, United States

Employment Type

Education, Entertainment, Administrative

Posted on
Nov 19,2019

Valid Through
Mar 03,2020

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The Chicago High School for the Arts ( seeks a dynamic part-time teaching artist for the 2019-20 school year in the Music Department to teach the following course:

String Ensemble

: This year-long class meets on Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 2 to 3 p.m.

String Ensemble serves all string majors at ChiArts (approximately 23 in 2019-20) This performing ensemble will rehearse and present both repertoire for the full group as well as for smaller string chamber groups. Students will take an active role in self-assessing the ensemble’s progress through written rehearsal reflections. String Ensemble gives a minimum of three performances at ChiArts each year and also participates in external competition and festivals as appropriate. Teaching responsibilities include regular assessment of all students and timely written communication to parents and guardians about upcoming performances. The ideal candidate will also be able to work towards developing the string program over the long term through enthusiastic and effective recruitment activities.

Position Summary

The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts®) develops the next generation of artistically gifted, diverse scholar artists through intensive pre-professional training in the arts, combined with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. The school approaches the development of students through a whole-student approach and through an ongoing learning environment for all staff to continuously develop their understanding of our scholar-artists. We strive to build upon, and improve our practices to make sure we are always serving all of our students to the best of our abilities.

The String Ensemble Director supports the mission of the school by fostering a safe, healthy, and inspiring learning community for students and teachers.

The ideal candidate will be a specialist in the field, have the passion and skills to create a learning environment that offers a rigorous pre-professional arts training challenging students to achieve at high levels, and is experienced in working with high school age students. Instructors at ChiArts will be required to differentiate instruction, design lesson and unit plans that properly assess student achievement, and encourage skill development and critical thinking.

Classroom and professional duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Embrace and promote the ChiArts vision, mission, educational approach, goals, and core values

Prepare structured lessons that encourage and foster skill development, critical thinking, applications, and ethics.

Instruct conservatory level courses, serving students with various learning styles, abilities and needs.

Employ outstanding classroom management skills and implement the school code of conduct.

Regularly assess student achievement, skill mastery and career development skills.

Submit unit plans on a timely basis.

Manage classroom administration and record keeping including: grades, attendance records, student progress and documentation of student work.

Regularly communicate with students, parents and other ChiArts staff to share artistic progress, encourage positive behavior, and resolve behavioral and artistic issues.

Attend and participate in faculty and administrative meetings, parent conferences, open house, other school functions, and in- service professional development sessions.

Collaborate with the staff to develop “best practices” tailored to the unique philosophy and instructional approach of ChiArts and to the needs of its student population.

Collaborate with other ChiArts artistic and academic faculty and the larger arts community.

Perform other duties as the needs of the school and needs of the students may demand (e.g., competitions, exhibits.)

Work with academic staff to ensure student’s overall success at ChiArts.


Bachelor’s degree in Music

Minimum five (5) years professional conducting experience

Minimum three (3) years previous teaching experience at a pre-professional or professional level preferably in the content area.

Prior experience teaching high school students is strongly preferred.

Illinois State Teacher Certification is preferred, but may not be required

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Excellent curriculum development skills

Excellent classroom management ability


Part- time, hourly position

Hourly pay will commensurate with experience and qualifications

Qualified applicants should upload the following:

(1) Cover Letter

(2) Resumes (teaching, performance, other related resumes)

(3) Salary History and Requirements

(4) 3-5 Professional References: Name, position, telephone number, and email (upload as other document).

No phone calls or emails please.

Finalists will be asked to submit additional materials (personal work examples and lesson plan examples) at a later time. Be aware that every item listed on a resume is subject to verification and that any offer of employment is contingent on a successful background check.

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The Chicago High School

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