Orchestra Teacher (5th-8th Grade)

Newton Public Schools USD 373

If interested please apply online at https://www.applitrack.com/newtonk12/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Middle+School+Teaching

This positions teaches at Santa Fe 5/6 Grade Center and Chisholm Middle School (7-8 grade)


  1. Licensed for content area in the State of Kansas
  2. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the board of education may find appropriate and acceptable.


JOB GOAL:  To develop in each pupil an appreciation of the art of music as part of general culture; to teach techniques of vocal or instrumental music expression; to discover and develop talents of pupils in the field of music; to develop knowledge and skills in listening to and reading music


  1. Teaches skills in music appreciation, harmony, and explorations in music, and instrumental music (orchestra, instrumental ensemble).  Utilizes course of study adopted by the board of education and other appropriate learning activities.
  2. Plans a balanced music program, and organizes daily class time so that preparation, rehearsal, and instruction can be accomplished within the allotted time.
  3. Provides individual and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil.
  4. Utilizes repertoire of all types of music literature, including traditional and contemporary, that are appropriate for the ages and skill levels of pupils.
  5. Controls the storage and use of school-owned property; makes minor adjustments and requests repairs to instruments as required.
  6. Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior to provide an orderly, productive environment during practice, group rehearsals, and musical performances.
  7. Evaluates each pupil’s musical growth and performance, assessing each individual’s contribution to the performance of the group.
  8. Plans, rehearses, and directs pupils in musical programs for school and community.
  9. Selects and requisitions books, musical instruments, and instructional aids; maintains required inventory records.
  10. Identifies pupil needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping pupils solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
  11. Cooperates with the school administration in providing musical programs for school productions, graduation ceremonies and civic functions.
  12. Supervises pupils in out-of-classroom activities as assigned.
  13. Participates in curriculum and other developmental programs.
  14. Participates in faculty committees and sponsorship of pupil activities.
  15. Maintains professional competence through professional learning provided by the district, and in self-selected professional growth activities related to music.
  16. Performs other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Salary and length of contract to be established by the board of education.

EVALUATION:  Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the board’s policy on evaluation of professional personnel.


  • Ability to plan and organize a balanced music program and daily class time so that preparation, rehearsal, and instruction can be accomplished within the allotted time
  • Ability to control the storage and use of school owned property
  • Ability to maintain standards of pupil behavior for a productive learning environment
  • Ability to plan, rehearse, and direct pupils in musical programs for school and community

Newton USD 373

Job Start Date: August-1-2019
Applications Due By: June-23-2021

Job Contact Information

Jane Nichols - jane.nichols@usd373.org - 316-284-6205

Employer Information

Newton USD 373 www.usd373.org


The Newton Public Schools offer a wide array of programs in a hometown environment that is often not found in large metropolitan areas. USD 373 serves approximately 3,769 students including Newton, North Newton, Walton and surrounding rural areas. The teacher/pupil ratio is 1/10. Salary for first year teachers is $37,000. The mission of USD 373 is to prepare its students to be capable, contributing participants in a changing world. In addition to regular classes, Newton students have access to vocational and technical programs that are ranked among the top in the state. Schools in the district include:

1 - Early Childhood

5 - Elementary

1- 5th/6th Center

1 - Middle School

1 - High School

Professional development for teachers and staff is a high priority for the district with 100% of teachers designated "highly qualified" as defined by the Kansas Department of Education.

Employer Address: 308 E 1st Street Newton, Kansas

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