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Primary Performing Arts Teacher

ICS Inter-Community School ZurichSwitzerland

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.

Learning Community

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

Professional development

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.

Next steps

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.

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