As Punahou School continues into its 177th year, it recognizes the richness of its traditions, as well as its responsibility to deliver a relevant educational experience in a rapidly changing world. It remains anchored in the aim of developing the full potential of each student through a broad and vigorous program of studies and through rich experiences for exploration, growth and mastery. Working within a coherent curricular framework that promotes personalized, product-oriented, inquiry-based learning, we seek to cultivate curious, confident, and self-directed students. Our faculty attends to the social-emotional learning of our students via intentional opportunities to foster empathy, resilience, moral reasoning, and social responsibility. Our teachers are agile learners themselves, demonstrating a growth mindset and a commitment to their continual professional development. Incoming teachers will join a dedicated and inspiring faculty whose ongoing reflection and renewal is supported by a schoolwide culture of collaboration and innovation.
Punahou School is actively recruiting a Band Director. Reporting to the Grades 5–12 Director of Bands, the Band Director will plan instruction for and teach beginning and intermediate ensembles in our Grades 5–8 Band program. The Band Director will demonstrate an understanding of and implement music methods, pedagogies, and repertoire appropriate for beginning and intermediate band students and ensembles. In partnership with the Music Department, the Band Director will introduce students to beginning ensemble and provide a safe, effective classroom environment that focuses on student learning and growth. The ideal candidate will have the ability to collaborate effectively and productively with other band, music department and music school faculty colleagues to create and maintain a rich and diverse band program. If you have a passion for teaching music, thrive in a team-oriented and collaborative environment, are a confident and effective communicator, possess excellent organizational, critical-thinking skills, a growth mindset, and are a lifelong learner, we invite you to apply!
Position Details: Department: Junior School, Music Department Status: Full Time Regular FLSA Status: Exempt Work Year: 2018-2019 School Year Work Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Bachelor’s degree in music education or applied music, Master's preferred, demonstrating substantial knowledge of band pedagogy, music history/literature especially as it applies to beginning and intermediate bands, and music theory.
Strong performing skills and experience as an instrumentalist.
Three (3) years of successful teaching and conducting experience in a middle school/junior high band program with an emphasis in beginning instrumental instruction and developing fundamental ensemble and musicianship skills.
Demonstrated ability to offer and teach a comprehensive instrumental curriculum, utilizing a variety of teaching methods and resources.
Active membership and participation in professional associations, such as NAfME, ASBDA, and OBDA.
Commitment to the intrinsic value of music and ability to articulate the educational value of music; a desire to successfully communicate and model these values for student musicians.
Command of and effective/appropriate selection of repertoire that provides students with both breadth and depth of experiences in a variety of musical periods, styles, and influences in the band repertoire.
Knowledge and experience in the field of music education as demonstrated through
The development and improvement of comprehensive curricular plans;
The implementation of effective teaching practices, including appropriate and contemporary uses of classroom management skills, motivational methods, evaluation and assessment practices;
An understanding of human behavior and performance, which allows for differences in ability, personality and interests, learning and motivation;
A strong commitment to and passion for Band, which cultivates excitement and love of music among students at all levels.
Competent technology skills including ability to use Internet and Email, basic digital recording equipment and software, administrative procedures and systems such as Microsoft Word, Excel, managing files and records.
Understanding and sensitivity to the social, educational, and cultural needs of the Punahou community. Ability to establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with members of the community outside of Punahou.
Proactive and self-motivated to learn and committed to continual professional development
Internal Number: 955
About Punahou School
Punahou School nurtures the individuality of each child within a vibrant K – 12 school community that celebrates diversity, inspires excellence and connects students for life.
Located in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent K – 12 school on a single campus in the United States. Students at Punahou have unparalleled opportunities to cultivate their unique interests and talents under the guidance of attentive and caring teachers. Rigorous academics, robust programs in athletics and the arts, and an array of co-curricular opportunities offer an integrated, 21st-century education for the whole child.
Students exemplify the diversity and strength of Hawai`i and reflect the School’s commitment to providing robust, need-based financial aid. When students graduate from Punahou, they join a network of 30,000 alumni spanning the globe. Beyond excellent scholars, the School seeks to develop engaged global citizens who can strengthen their communities.