Music Teacher

Music Teacher

  • Teacher
  • Shawnigan Lake
  • $67,232 - $107,035 CAD / Year

Music Teacher

Shawnigan Lake School is a leading independent co-educational boarding school for ages 12-18 (grades 8-12) on Canada’s beautiful west coast. Our world-class facilities situated on a stunning 270-acre campus include ten boarding houses, a theatre, film lab, an observatory, salmon hatchery, rowing crew house on the lake, dance studio, state of the art Learning Commons and Library, recording studio, and robotics lab. Our diverse, inter-disciplinary and innovative programming helps shape the next generation of global leaders.

For more information, explore our Shawnigan at a Glance.

Shawnigan provides academic ambition to develop a culture of collaboration, independence and resilience in our students through educators and peers who inspire our students to embrace a love of learning by challenging them to solve problems critically and creatively.

Staff endorse our School’s values (Curiosity, Compassion, Community and Courage) and are deeply committed to our mission: Spark Minds, Kindle Hearts, Forge Futures.

Shawnigan is always looking for outstanding, worldly and world-class, diverse, and ambitious educators to inspire our students and to model our three pillars of Academic Excellence, Co-Curricular Distinction and Student Life Unparalleled. As a teacher at Shawnigan, you will contribute to all facets of life on an international boarding school campus with 85% of our students as full-time boarders, representing thirty different countries from around the world.

We offer a competitive compensation package and a nurturing, family-friendly workplace. This is a one (1) year contract role at a 0.8 FTE up to a 1.0 FTE appointment for the 2024-2025 school year, paid on the teaching grid with a salary range of $67,232 to $107,035 per annum.

Shawnigan Lake School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff (and volunteers) to share this commitment. Candidates will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with previous employers and a vulnerable sector criminal record check.



The successful candidate recognizes the need for flexibility within a dynamic boarding School environment.


Reporting directly to both the Assistant Head of Academics and the Academic Department Head, teachers are expected to

  • Carry assigned load of classes while meeting all of Shawnigan’s prep, planning and reporting protocols as expected in the teaching profession;
  • Collaborate with fellow department members and across departments to design and deliver content that challenges our students and prepares them for their post-secondary pathways;
  • Be available to support students in their learning through tutorials or enrichment opportunities;
  • Work with individuals and groups to prepare musical performances on and off campus;
  • Be available evenings and weekends to work with students and provide opportunities for informal individual and group practice or recordings, rehearsals, or special performances;
  • Support students who wish to pursue post-secondary education in Music;
  • Be involved in the full Shawnigan program and the delivery of “The Shawnigan Journey.”


  • Hold a post-secondary degree in Music or related subject that aligns with the Shawnigan academic program;
  • Be in possession of, or eligible to apply for and obtain, a British Columbia Teaching Certificate;
  • Experience teaching Music grades 8-12 preferred;
  • Experience in providing multi-grade instrumental instruction with all levels of musical experience in multiple genres;
    Experience teaching and leading small and large ensemble groups who are working at various levels;
  • Classical, rock, jazz, pop and stage band experience an asset;
  • Ability to be an accompanist for students during performances;
  • An ability to use, teach and troubleshoot Avid, ProTools, S6, Focusrite, LogicPro, Sibelius, Native Instruments, Waves and FL Studio an asset;
  • Ability to teach Music Technology and Composition & Production classes; composition, recording and digital mastering an asset;
  • Ability to instruct students formally and informally on how to use a recording studio and associated technology an asset;
  • A proven track-record of being able to develop good rapport with students and grow a music program;
  • Proven record of professionalism, punctuality, flexibility, dependability, and reliability;
  • Experience working with teenagers;
  • Experience working in a boarding campus environment an asset;
  • Experience instructing a co-curricular;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Experience in organizing off-site performances and entering competitions an asset.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter specifically expressing your interest in working at Shawnigan, along with copies of your qualifications to the attention of Bill Nicholas, Deputy Head, via email at [email protected].


Those who are brought forward into the interview process will receive further details about compensation, benefits and the duties and expectations of a full-time Shawnigan teacher. We ask you to please provide references at the shortlist stage of the recruitment process.

Shawnigan Lake School is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law.


We express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest in this position, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Position closes end of day Friday July 5, 2024.

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