Music & Recording Arts Teacher

  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • START DATE: 26/08/2019
  • Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada
  • CONTRACT TYPE: Full-Time (Permanent)
  • North America
Teaching / Faculty Jobs K-12 School

Job Overview


Shawnigan Lake School is a leading co-educational, university preparatory boarding school on Vancouver Island. Nestled along the shores of the lake that shares its name, Shawnigan has a 100-year tradition of excellence, specializing in a complete education. It is the largest boarding school in Canada. We offer a very competitive compensation package and a nurturing, family-friendly workplace.


Shawnigan Lake School is looking for a Music and Recording Arts Teacher to join our faculty in September 2018. Working collaboratively with our current Director of Music, the individual we seek will have experience with teaching music and band to a variety of levels as well as music composition and production. The successful applicant should be comfortable working with large and small group ensembles while supporting and challenging a mix of experienced and inexperienced musicians. A willingness to have involvement in all aspects of the school, and initiate opportunities for students to share their talents with the community is an integral part of this position. Shawnigan operates an industry standard recording studio as part of its music program. The successful applicant must have experience with recording and digital mastering.

This one year position is 1.0 FTE.


The role of a teacher at Shawnigan Lake School is a vital one that requires not only individuals who are experts in their area of study, but who also bring a passion for learning and a love of working with youth. Because Shawnigan is a boarding school, teaching and learning does not only occur during the classroom day, but throughout the day, including evenings and weekends, and in all areas of interaction. A Shawnigan teacher must fully embody the mission, vision and values of the School and consistently model these at all times.

Reporting directly to both the Assistant Head – Academics and the Academic Department Head, a teacher at Shawnigan carries their assigned load of classes while meeting all of Shawnigan’s prep, planning and reporting protocols as expected in the teaching profession. In addition to teaching to align with the BC Ministry of Education or Advanced Placement curriculum, teachers are expected to work collaboratively with fellow department members and across departments to design and deliver content that challenges our students and prepares them for their postsecondary endeavours. Availability outside of the classroom day to support students in their learning through tutorials or enrichment opportunities is expected.

Teachers are also expected to be involved in the full Shawnigan program outside of the classroom day in the following ways:

  • Provide extra-curricular instruction or coaching
  • Do duty in a dorm one evening each week, and every sixth Saturday
  • Academically mentor a roster of up to eight advisees
  • Do one Sunday full-school duty every two years 
  • Participate in weekend programs and supervise field trips and tours
  • Be involved in school activities that occur on evenings or weekends
  • Participate in faculty and staff meetings
  • Engage in professional development by creating a Professional Growth Plan each year and seeking opportunities for professional development
  • Support fellow faculty with short term coverage of classes to ensure that the delivery of content continues in a teacher’s absence
  • Attend Chapel services and Headmaster’s Gatherings on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
  • Support of various school initiatives and other responsibilities, as assigned


  • Set up and take down audio/PA equipment for sporting events, indoor and outdoor assemblies, including weekends, evenings and for summertime groups. Provide technical assistance to these groups if needed
  • Sound technician for outdoor assemblies, sporting events, and other school gatherings
  • Manage and maintain audio equipment
  • Provide playlists for sporting events and dances or organize/facilitate students to provide this
  • Individual guitar lessons and group guitar lessons
  • Song writing and composition/production
  • Rock band classes
  • Meet with students privately (tutorials) to work on songs and recordings 
  • Be available evenings and weekends to work with students and provide opportunities for informal individual and group practice or recordings 
  • Support other academic classes that are looking to integrate music cross-curricularly
  • Run multiple extra-curricular fine arts after school 3-4 days a week
  • Instruct students formally and informally on how to use the recording studio 
  • Provide instrumentation and/or vocals for student recordings that are not curricular or extra-curricular 
  • Be available to perform in chapel and at other special events wherever needed
  • Coach vocal and instrumental performances
  • Troubleshooting studio technical issues – be on call for studio problems
  • Compose, write, transcribe and transpose arrangements for groups with sparse or unusual instrumentation or songs where off-the-shelf arrangements are not suitable for grade/experience level
  • Multiple evenings/week in music studio with students
  • Multi-grade instrumental instruction with all levels of musical experience in multiple genres
  • Expertise with ordering musical equipment and managing a budget and billing
  • Cultivate relationships with local musicians/professionals for artist-in-residence programs
  • Facilitating weekend rehearsals for active bands
  • Help different groups (grades, houses, courses, etc..) with musical presentations for school events
  • Prepare students to perform weekly in chapel
  • Experience setting up studio sessions including the use of all kinds of mics (ribbon, condenser, large diaphragm, dynamic) and amps/speakers


  • Current BC teacher certification or the ability to gain certification by September 1, 2019
  • Proven record of professionalism, punctuality, flexibility, dependability, and reliability
  • Experience working with teenagers, preferably in a boarding environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Available for work beginning August 26, 2019
  • An ability to use, teach and troubleshoot Avid, ProTools, S6, Focusrite, LogicPro, Sibelius, Native Instruments, Waves and FL Studio
  • Experience teaching band and leading small and large ensemble who are working at various levels
  • Classical, rock, jazz, pop and stage band experience
  • Composition, recording and digital mastering experience
  • A proven track-record of being able to develop good rapport with students and grow a music program
  • The nature of this role requires availability on evenings and weekends when school events occurs


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter expressing your interest to the attention of Wendy Milne, Assistant Head – Academics. Competition closes February 28, 2019.

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