In addition to those professional responsibilities which are common to all classroom teachers, the Performing Arts position focuses on designing learning opportunities for students to explore expression, creativity and performance through the techniques and methods of music, dance and drama. The position involves teaching students throughout Primary School, age 6-11 years.
The Performing Arts teacher will work collaboratively with other department members and support teachers as needed to develop common unit plans, effective lesson plans and assessment strategies congruent with ICS’s assessment guidelines and curriculum. The Performing Arts teacher will, whenever appropriate, employ an inquiry-based approach and differentiate lessons to support the learning styles of individual students.
Learning and Teaching
Plan and prepare the daily activities and provide music, dance and drama classes from Grade 1 to 5
Teach music, dance and drama theory and terminology through an exploratory, inquiry approach informed by the ICS Scope and Sequence.
Create units that teach students physical and spatial awareness, use of body to express artistic ideas, musicality, choreography skills, stage presentation, acting styles, character development, personal projection etc.
Involve students in broader aspects of music, dance and drama such as designing, props, choosing music, developing stage settings.
Research, develop, purchase and adapt learning materials and make imaginative use of resources
Celebrate the cultural diversity of the school population and explore possible links with home countries and cultures
Select appropriate pieces and prepare yearly music, dance and drama production according to students’ abilities.
Liaise within the Arts Team to ensure that programme requirements are met
Create opportunities for agency in the classroom by involving students in creating shared routines, making decisions about what, why and how they learn.
Support the ‘Culture of Care’ by developing a positive prosocial learning environment where all students feel welcomed, significant and emotionally safe.
Support the yearly productions
Plan and make schedules for productions and inform all involved (eg. parents etc)
Collaborate with Homeroom Teacher about issues of concern related to student welfare, achievement and behaviour
Attend Parent/Teacher/Student and Student-led conferences
Attend meetings for planning and administration
The Performing Arts teacher is expected to contribute to the extra-curricular activities of the school and be involved in school development.
Be up to date with Safeguarding processes and procedures.
Develop and maintain positive partnerships with families.
Be a proactive advocate for the Performing Arts programme
Keep up to date with the latest Performing Arts trends, developments and artists
Keep up to date with IBO philosophy and curriculum development and implement change in keeping with the school vision and strategic focus.
Be involved in professional learning activities that support the school and systematic priorities such as working groups, study groups.
Engage in the school's professional growth process.
Qualification in Performing Arts and/or Dance and/or Music Education
Experience delivering music education methodologies such as Orf preferred
Qualified Primary school Teacher
Previous Teaching Experience within the last 2 years
Experience in an international school environment advantageous
PYP knowledge preferred (Completed Introductory IB PYP workshop preferred)
Experience in teaching learners with diverse needs
Experience with/understanding of Making Thinking Visible, PBL, Seesaw advantageous
Strong classroom management skills
Strong organisational skills
Professional performing experience an asset
Strong IT skills in support of the Performing Arts
The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the developmental needs of children of 6-11 years
Empathy, social, and communication skills
Documented record of excellence in teaching
Collaboration, teamwork and active participation in school life
Terms and conditions
The initial contract is for two years and is renewable. The generous salary and range of benefits will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate, with the overall package reflecting the importance of the position.
Interested candidates should email a full letter of application, a statement of personal educational philosophy, a detailed resume/curriculum vitae, and three referees. The Head of School reserves the right to apply directly to the writers of open testimonials for confidential statements.
Applications should be addressed to:
Ms Mary-Lyn Campbell,
Head of School
We are looking forward to receiving your online application.