Teaching the visual and performing arts is vital to a student's creativity, self-expression, and innovative thinking.

Teaching Art

Do you want to help encourage self-expression, creativity, and discovery? You should consider teaching studio art, drama or music at an independent school. Fine arts teachers help students explore hidden talents and make students feel comfortable while trying new things. At many of the independent schools we work with there is an emphasis on the arts and the importance of being a well-rounded student.

Independent schools know the vital role the Arts play in language development, decision making, inventiveness and innovation as well as cultural awareness. Many independent schools support the Arts with state-of-the-art performance spaces, art studios, professional instruments, and music studios.

Fine Arts teaching at an Independent School

In a private/independent school, art teachers enjoy small class sizes that allow for personal interaction, differentiated instruction, and relational learning.

Music, Studio Art, and Drama teachers can truly get to know all of their students as well as others throughout the school community. The community is what private schools are all about. Teachers find that the focus is not on standardized testing, but instead curricular innovation, collaboration, and nurturing a love of learning. Students are encouraged to take chorus, band, perform in musicals, and both study and create art. 

Fine Arts Teacher Requirements

• Degree(s) in Studio Art, Drama, Theater, Music, Arts Education, etc.

• Enthusiasm for teaching the arts and working with students in an independent, private, boarding or college preparatory setting

• State teaching licensure/certification is a plus, but is NOT a hiring prerequisite

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    Tori JuedsChicago, IL


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