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Career Center
February 19, 2019

K-3rd Grade Performing Arts/Music Teacher

St. Paul's Episcopal School
Oakland CA United States
K-8 Independent Day School
Position Starts: August 18, 2019
Application Deadline: March 31, 2019

St. Paul’s Episcopal School, located across from Lake Merritt in Oakland, enrolls 380 students from diverse backgrounds in Kindergarten-Grade 8. St. Paul’s provides an education that is intellectually challenging, culturally pluralistic, and morally and spiritually enriching. Caring, committed faculty members, in partnership with parents, serve as role models, mentors, and guides. St. Paul’s has an academically talented and ethnically diverse student body and seeks the same in its faculty.

St. Paul’s looks to fill the Kindergarten-3rd Grade Performing Arts/Music position for the 2019-2020 school year. The successful candidate will have a collaborative spirit, an interest in building community within and beyond the classroom, a strong commitment to nurturing children’s individual talents and passions, and a commitment to our St. Paul’s values. The position begins in August 2019.


- Implement a music curriculum in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade, which includes choral

 singing and instruction in basic musical concepts appropriate to the grade and  

 developmental level of the students

- Use a variety of instructional methods to create dynamic, engaging lessons, which

 support a diversity of learners

- Direct cross grade choir (K-2)

- Support weekly educational assemblies (Chapel) preparing music and presentations for  

 grades K-3.

- Support/coordinate annual Talent Show for grades K-8

- Morning arrival/lunch recess duties

- Choose material and prepare students for four concerts each school year

- Collaborate with the 4th-8th Grade music department and homeroom teachers to

 coordinate learning experiences

- Practice thoughtful, respectful, and effective classroom management techniques which  

 support active learning and promote responsibility and self-management

- Attend all faculty and community meetings

- Participate fully in the life of the school

Required Qualifications:

- Bachelors of Arts (in Music or comparable degree or experience), a master’s degree is  


- Kindergarten-5th Grade Classroom music teaching experience

- Experience with global music traditions that support a world music curriculum

- Choral directing experience

- Piano and/or guitar proficiency

- Effective classroom management skills

- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with a strong sense of cultural competency

Preferred Qualifications:

- Early childhood methodology experience a plus

- Experience with Spanish-speaking and Latin or Latinx music traditions

- Children’s choir experience

- Instrumental performance background

- Demonstrates warmth toward children and a good sense of humor

- Excellent communication skills with both children and adults

- Values collegiality and collaboration with other teachers and administrators

- Wants to learn and is willing to accept direction and guidance

- Takes initiative and pays attention to detail

- Experience with curriculum planning and development

- Committed to teaching and nurturing social-emotional development of children

- Commitment to excellence and to professional and personal growth

Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Contact Information

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and references addressed to Josh Stern, Head of School.Please send materials electronically, in PDF format to Lisa Rappaport, Assistant to the Head of School: lrappaport@spes.org.

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