Strive to Excel ~ Serve with Humility ~ Lead with Integrity

St. John’s-Ravenscourt School (SJR) provides a respectful learning community for our students that inspires academic excellence, creative expression, active healthy living and social responsibility in order to develop compassionate and confident individuals. SJR is an independent co-educational Kindergarten to Grade 12 university-preparatory day and boarding school.  We are currently recruiting for the positions of:


Nature and Scope

The Band Director spreads their love of music to a new generation, and fosters a joy and enthusiasm for music-making. S/he plays a key role in developing within each student an appreciation of the art of music, placing music in historical and cultural context, and practical skills.  S/he teaches techniques of instrumental musical expression; discovers and develops students’ musical talents; develops their knowledge and skills in listening to, reading, and playing music, as well as fundamental principles of music and musicianship skills.  In addition to teaching, s/he directs a concert band, jazz band, and musical ensembles.

The successful candidate will:

  • Encourage an appreciation of the global diversity of music:  introduce students to a variety of music with a wide ranging repertoire from classical through pop to jazz;
  • Recognize students’ musical talent; encourage them to broaden their skills by joining a school band;
  • Develop knowledge of materials and repertoire for students at different stages of their musical development. Present progressively challenging material as the student musicians develop through the year;
  • Incorporate direct instruction, discussion, projects and cooperative work to engage students, keep classes focused and infuse a lasting desire to learn. Plan a balanced music program, and organize daily class time to that preparation, rehearsal and instruction can be accomplished within the allotted time;
  • Teach individual and/or group lessons lasting from 15 minutes to an hour or longer, usually incorporating elements of general musicianship, music appreciation, ear training, sight reading, theory and harmony, as well as instrumental technique and interpretation, instrumental music (band, orchestra, instrumental ensemble);
  • Develop instrumental ensemble work and performance. Lead and prepare instrumental ensembles for performance. Encourage excellence in all aspects of performance;
  • Co-ordinate musical support for festivals and concerts; prepare students for auditions, and provincial and national festivals;
  • Select and rehearse numbers of traditional performances: Remembrance Day Service, Winter Concert and Spring Concert;
  • Support students in their use of music technology, keep up-to-date with software tools and making use of recording and other technology;
  • Establish and maintain standards of student behavior to provide an orderly, productive environment during practice, group rehearsals, and music performances;
  • Control use and storage of school-owned property; make minor adjustments/request repairs as required;
  • Participate in beginning-of-year assessment of new students, assess student progress on an ongoing basis, and write reports three times a year at end of terms. Maintain marks and grading records.
  • Administer attendance for every class. Follow the school’s policies and procedures for student conduct and discipline;
  • Participate occasionally in co-curricular activities or work after or before hours to assist students who need extra help. At times, deal with children who have behavioural challenges, developmental or learning disabilities.
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, and colleagues;
  • Participate in Arts meetings.  Develop networks/establish collaborations with others in music education;
  • Plan and develop professional self-development by gaining further teacher or performance qualifications, e.g. learning a new instrument, becoming familiar with other musical styles and continuing own performance activity.

Knowledge and Skills


  • As a minimum, must possess a Bachelor’s degree in music education as well as proficiency in at least one instrument;
  • Proficiency with emerging music technology is required;
  • Manitoba teaching certification to: (a) instruct student ensembles (concert band, jazz band; musical ensembles)


  • Significant experience as a music instructor (institutional, community-based or private), and ideally, class music teaching in a high school environment;
  • Musical instrument proficiency, strong background in music theory, musicianship
  • Able to demonstrate instrumental conducting techniques and possess a working knowledge of the wind, brass and percussion instruments;
  • Effective classroom management skills. Able to manage diversity.  Good knowledge of how to assess and grade students’ progress, which requires patience, dedication and a positive attitude, in addition to knowing effective strategies for integrating students into the classroom;
  • Well-developed ability to work well, quickly establish a rapport with, and related to teenaged students;
  • Enthusiasm to help instill students with a desire to learn and exceed their own expectations;
  • Ability to work in a team. Capable of co-ordinating Department resources to achieve maximum efficiency;
  • Possess a highly motivated, flexible and determined outlook, with an assertive, positive and helpful approach;
  • Maintain a flexible approach to working hours;
  • Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students;
  • Actively pursue own musical development and participate in musical ensembles to help keep own musical skills fresh and sharp;
  • Ability to work well under pressure to tight deadlines and to maintain a calm and analytical mindset;
  • A high degree of self-direction in setting work priorities.


The successful candidate must be legally entitled to work in Canada and must have Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check clearance which is a condition of initial and ongoing employment; 

If you are interested in these opportunities to contribute to the success of the SJR Mission, please forward a copy of your resume, as well as a brief statement of interest by Friday, April 21, 2017.

Ms. Michelle Woods, B.A., H.R.M.
Human Resources Coordinator
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School
400 South Drive
Winnipeg, MB R3T 3K5
Fax: 204.477.2466

By submitting an application for employment, applicants consent to the School conducting inquiries into suitability for employment by contacting references provided and/or former employers, verification of academic records and any information publicly available online, including social media. The duration of this consent is limited from the time of my application to the time that hiring for the 2017-2018 school year is completed. This information will not be shared with any other organization or individual outside of the School, without your request or prior authorization, unless required or permitted by law.

SJR encourages all qualified individuals to apply. We thank all those who submit applications; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.