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Music & Performing Arts Teacher, High School

August 31, 2020 - August 31, 2021

Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center

Music & Performance Instructional Specialist 


Do you want to empower diverse teens to gain confidence and express themselves through music and performance? Do you believe in education that supports high school students’ gifts and passions? Would you like to work at an intentionally-diverse, tuition-free boarding school based on relationships and respect?

At Eagle Rock, our teachers work together to develop empowering, relevant learning experiences for our students, setting them up for success in college, career, and their communities.  We care about each other’s success, and we work hard to constantly innovate. We are committed to our students, and through that experience, contributing to progressive secondary school reform efforts across the country. If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out our website ( to get a better feel for the School and Professional Development Center. 

We’ll be honest; Eagle Rock isn’t for everybody.  If you believe students need to be “taught lessons,” that instructors should follow a standard curriculum, or that learning is limited to the traditional school day; then this school is not for you.  If you are looking for a job rather than a lifestyle, you won’t fit here. However, if you have boundless energy; fierce advocacy for, and inherent trust in, students; a desire to collaborate with peers; and a passion for social justice; then we want to hear from you.

POSITION TITLE:  Music & Performance Instructional Specialist (IS)

REPORTS TO:  Director of Curriculum

JOB OBJECTIVE: The Music & Performance Instructional Specialist serves as part of Eagle Rock’s instructional team.  The position is involved in creating and delivering innovative curriculum, leading a school-wide music program (in & out of class time), overseeing the school theatrical performances, and overall care of the facilities and resources in the department.


  • Music or related Degree(s); masters preferred

  • Teaching experience in models such as expeditionary learning, deeper learning, and other progressive/critical models

  • Strong organizational and leadership skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively both in the classroom and out with other staff

  • Experience working with diverse adolescents including a mix of LGBTQ students; students from low-income backgrounds; and students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds all of whom have not been served in traditional educational settings. 

The successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes: a deep love of work with high school students; adept interpersonal skills; a sense of humor; visionary thinking; a commitment to lifelong learning; seasoned judgment; and an appreciation for the fact that working at a residential school is more of a calling than a job.

Specific to this instructional area, the successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes:  Advanced skills in vocal technique; advanced skills in piano (ability to play contemporary and popular music, improvise over chord changes, and read written music); advanced skills in music theory and ear training; advanced skills in American contemporary and popular music performance; ability to teach a variety of instruments (primarily, but not limited to: voice, piano, guitar, bass, and drums); ability to teach acting technique and direct a theater production team; basic understanding of technical theater (lighting design, sound design, set construction, props, and costumes); ability to teach non-Western music (knowledge of Latin music and ability to speak Spanish is a plus); ability to teach basic digital music and sound recording software.


Music & Performance Department: 

  • Direct Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles

  • Direct the annual winter musical

  • Coordinate relationship with Berklee City Music Network (including sending two students to Berklee annually through the City Music Summer Scholarship, completion of biannual reports, attendance at annual PULSE Training Institute, attendance at Berklee City Music Network annual conference, and advertisement of Public Allies Music Fellow at Berklee and network sites). More info at

  • Teach private lessons

  • Coordinate daily music gathering performances; perform with, and for, students

  • Supervise student chores in music building; manage musical instrument inventory, manage theatrical equipment

  • Develop and maintain department budget

  • Co-mentor/supervise a Public Allies teaching fellow each year


  • Collaborate with other instructors to create and implement a vision around empowering opportunities for students to engage in creative opportunities around effective communication through music and performance.

  • Create and deliver innovative curriculum experiences for students that integrate with various content areas and remain committed to our instructional values. Work with department instructors to develop an annual plan for course offerings.

  • Develop multiple opportunities for students to engage with our music program and theatrical experiences in and out of class time

Student Support

  • Support adolescents as they are confronted with a variety of issues related to their personal and academic growth

  • Create opportunities for students to participate in evening activities that excite and empower them, to increase their engagement in the community and find ways to learn new things

  • Participate in internal professional development to better support students

School-Wide Involvement

  • Have the desire to work as a residential Houseparent for student housing.

  • Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams including acting as an advisor.

  • Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS including advisories, evening and weekend duty, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, driving, and other events.

  • Share your unique skills with the school (e.g., sports, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, magic tricks, etc…).

  • Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description.

COMPENSATION: Competitive salary and benefits package.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) to [email protected].  Clarifying questions can be sent to [email protected]  No phone calls, please. We ONLY accept electronic submissions. NO paper or fax materials will be considered.

Hiring Timeline

Application Deadline:  Rolling until filled

Phone Interviews:   Early March

On-Site Interviews:   Late March

Start Date:  August 31, 2020 (earlier start date is possible)

Eagle Rock is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination. All employment decisions at Eagle Rock are based on merit and to the principle of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with both the letter and spirit of this policy, Eagle Rock will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status or any other protected characteristic. Therefore members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.