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Full-Time K-5 Music Teacher

John Adams Academy (public charter in Roseville, CA) is looking for a full-time elementary music teacher. Duties will include creating and implementing an elementary music program that combines Kodaly methodology with the Core Knowledge sequence of music history (

JAA focuses heavily on “classical education” (history and classical literature), on American heritage, and on values development. Please familiarize yourself with our philosophy before applying.

For more information, or to apply for this position, please navigate to .

Enriching Lives through Music

We are looking for a very experienced, highly enthusiastic and responsible Kodály-trained teacher for our El Sistema-inspired music program in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael in Marin County. The position is for teaching small classes (up to 15 max) of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students at one (or possibly two) elementary schools in an after school program Weds and Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 each week in 45 minute sessions. There is an opportunity to teach 4 days per week (Weds/Fridays at one school and Tues/Thur. at another for a total of between 4-8 hours per week.

The successful candidate will be well versed in curriculum development, flexible, independent and also comfortable working in a team setting. Knowledge of Spanish and Orff pedagogy is a plus.


Jane Kramer 

Progressions Program Kodály Instructor

Inspirational 2nd, 3rd Grader After-School Music Teacher Needed for El Sistema-inspired Youth Development Program in San Jose, CA

Immediate Opening

We are seeking a very special teacher who is caring, creative, and qualified. This person should be especially gifted at working with diverse young children (K-3) and be committed to youth development. Get in on the ground floor of a high caliber, K-12, music education program designed exclusively for children of low-income families while working with one of the Bay Area’s leading music presentation organizations.

  • Four days per week, 1-2 hours per day at 2 schools in the Franklin-McKinley School District
  • 15-20 students per class
  • Fall 2013 assignment (start date negotiable, early- to mid-September preferred)
  • Kodály certification and/or experience preferred

Qualifications include:

  • Music education degree or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse student populations
  • Capacity to implement curriculum using English and Spanish language materials Special emphasis to be placed on 3rd hybrid vocal/instrumental grade curriculum to prepare students for instrumental track in 4th grade

Salary – $40.00 – $50.00 per hour, depending on education and experience

Visit for more information about Progressions.

Contact Julie Rinard, Progressions Director, at or 650-773-3490 for more information or to apply for the position.


Early Childhood Music Teacher

Marin Community Music School (MCMS) seeks a qualified and experienced teacher to create and build an after-school early childhood music program for students ages 3 through 7. Day(s) and schedule to be determined based on teacher availability and community needs. Founded in 2009, MCMS is located in San Anselmo and serves students of all ages in the Ross Valley and Marin County with a variety of lessons, classes, ensembles, and workshops.


Artistic Director, Marin Girls Chorus


Marin Girls Chorus seeks accomplished Artistic Director to lead this vibrant chorus of young female singers.

Marin Girls Chorus (MGC) is dedicated to providing excellence in music education to girls and young women in our community. Founded in 1988, MGC has grown into a dynamic group of over 150 girls in grades K-12. MCG has deep roots in the Kodály method of music education. Please visit our website to see our Mission Statement and learn more about MGC:

Candidates will be expected to have an established reputation for excellence in artistic achievement with youth choruses; extensive knowledge of the standard choral and choral/orchestral repertoire and music of our time; skill as a creative and exciting artistic leader who is able to establish a strong rapport with young singers and serve as a model for life-long music appreciation; and to have a demonstrated ability to build on the organization’s reputation for excellence in music education. Advanced degree strongly preferred, with an emphasis on Kodály techniques a plus.

The Artistic Director will be required to select music for and prepare a minimum of two full performance concerts per season, December and May. Additionally, various community concerts and public performances are scheduled throughout the year which begins in September and ends the following June. The Artistic Director leads the chorus in participation in local choral festivals and in domestic or international choral tours each summer.

MGC is divided into Lower and Upper Divisions. The Lower Division choirs are taught by two associate directors. The Upper Division is the responsibility of the Artistic Director, with support of a paid accompanist, and consists of three choirs, upper elementary, middle school, and high school, which rehearse during the school year (late August – May)

The Artistic Director will report directly to the Marin Girl’s Chorus Board of Directors, and supervise artistic staff. Engagement will begin in early summer of 2013 with preparation for the 2013-2014 concert season. This position is part-time and does not include benefits.


Interested candidates meeting the above qualifications should apply by submitting electronically the following materials:

  • Letter of application including your philosophy of music education, specifically choral/vocal music education.
  • Curriculum vitae

Submissions should be sent by email to

Choral Director Position, Peninsula Girls Chorus

Burlingame, CA

Now embarking on it’s 20th year of “helping young girls find their voices”, The Peninsula Girls Chorus, a 220-member distinguished and innovative choral program for young women, has opened a search for a choral director for its beginning level choir, Repertoire, beginning September 2013. Repertoire is the first of five levels of choruses offered at the PGC.

Repertoire welcomes singers between the ages of 6 and 8 years old. This chorus level introduces the young singer to the fundamentals of choral singing. Choristers learn the basics of music literacy and sight-reading skills as well as the development of a firm foundation for proper singing technique. Singers also begin learning foreign language repertoire and explore historical knowledge of musical selections. There are 45-60 singers at this choir level, divided among Repertoire 1, which meets on Tuesday afternoons from 4-5:30 PM and Repertoire 2, which meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7:15 PM, September through June.

Essential Skills

The successful candidate must:

  • demonstrate a beautiful vocal model
  • possess comprehensive choral experience including knowledge of vocal pedagogy, choral diction and articulation, and languages
  • be a dynamic teacher who is able to engage and motivate singers to the highest standards of excellence
  • demonstrate understanding of the musical score, its contemporary or historical context, and appropriate musical interpretation
  • value and choose quality music from diverse backgrounds, origins and traditions
  • be self-directed, organized, and able to choose music for each semester; create rehearsal schedules, track and record students’ theory progress and maintain student rosters and attendance records.
  • work collegially with other PGC directors and the PGC office, particularly observing deadlines for performance materials and evaluations
  • love children and have the ability to nourish their love of choral singing


The successful candidate must:

  • hold a B.A. or B.M in music, preferably with an emphasis in music education, choral music or vocal performance.
  • possess superior aural skills
  • have experience and training in implementing the Kodaly approach to music literacy. Kodaly certification preferred.

Job Parameters

  • Must be available 15 minutes prior to and 20 minutes after the rehearsal period for supervision and student assistance.
  • Completes twice-yearly evaluations of student progress
  • Conducts two major concert performances, as well as various community and civic events as they become available.

Pay range, commensurate with experience, is $12,000 – $12,750. Salary is paid on a 10-month schedule beginning in September. Additional concerts beyond the Winter and Spring Concerts are paid at a rate of $200 per concert.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter articulating qualifications and resume to Video and/or audio clips of concerts conducted are welcome. Applications will be accepted until May 17, 2013.

Board Member Profile: Sarah Cane

Greetings to all at NCAKE!  I am pleased to be rejoining the board after a long hiatus.

NCAKE Board Member Sarah CaneI received my MM from Holy Names among the notorious group which included Anne Laskey, Fran Smith, Judith Johnson, Miriam Factora, Michelle Winter, and Mary Ann Benson—women I am so proud to have studied with.  They have each made far greater contributions to the community of educators in NCAKE than I, but now that my daughter is off to college, I am ready to spend time across the bay again and do what I can.

Along with my studies at HNU, my year at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary taught me to cherish all levels of musicianship.  Even 25 years later, I am still inspired by those amazing Hungarian master teachers—equally at home sitting in a circle singing pentatonic songs with 5 year olds in the morning and teaching advanced conducting or theory at the Liszt Academy in the afternoon.  I love making music at many levels.

Over the years, I have taught classroom music and choral music to every grade level from pre-school through high school on the peninsula, most recently at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto.  I also love literature and have taught English Language Arts.  I have spent time in recent years studying American literary and folk traditions.  I love to teach history through folk song.

I am proud to be a part of this organization and look forward to supporting music education in whatever ways I can.

President’s Message Spring 2013

Greetings, and welcome spring! Things heat up at this time of year, with spring concerts, graduations, assessments, retreats, and plans for summer. Our third and final workshop is here, the OAKE national conference in Hartford is upon us, the HNU Choral Festival is just around the corner, and summer holds many possibilities, including a choral camp at HNU in conjunction with the summer course, and the 45th anniversary of the summer course with an alumni reunion. Be sure to check out the details of these events elsewhere in this newsletter.

Our plans are underway for the 2013-14 year with our opening workshop: “For the Love of Art Music,” with OAKE Past President (and HNU alumna) Georgia Newlin, on September 28. Save the date for this experience with meaningful, active listening lessons to inspire your K-6 students to love and understand art music.

We had an awe-inspiring workshop with Kathy Hickey in January, and are pleased to report that there were ten students in attendance. It is an important part of NCAKE’s and OAKE’s mission to help prepare, mentor, and shepherd students of education to continue the work of opening and expanding young minds and hearts to the power of music. If you know music education students who would benefit from one of our workshops, be sure to invite them or bring them to a workshop. Students can attend for just the $5 cost of materials. We are very pleased to have such a strong partnership with Holy Names University through Anne Laskey, and now to be able to develop a partnership with Cal State East Bay through John Eros. The pillars that support successful music education for children are excellence in teaching, strong, consistent teacher education, and a supportive administration and community. Each helps to strengthen the other in a virtuous cycle.

NCAKE Board News: Sarah Cane was officially elected President-Elect at our January workshop. We have nominees for our election at the March workshop for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large, for the 2013-2015 term. Amanda Kairys is the nominee for Treasurer (currently in that position); Danelle Johnson, currently an appointed member-at-large, is the nominee for Secretary; and Robert Lee is the nominee for Member-at-Large.

We have gradually been switching from mostly print and paper based communication to mostly electronic communication, and would like some feedback from you on how that is working. Have you been able to access our newsletters, announcements, and other communications? Have you gotten workshop information in a timely fashion? Please let us know how it is working for you so we can make decisions about how to proceed. We would also love to have more feedback on our workshops, your needs, and how NCAKE can best serve its membership. If you’ve attended a workshop and didn’t get around to filling out the evaluation form, please feel free to email me your comments, at

Julie Haydon Reports on a Conducting Master Class with René Clausen

Last month, I had the opportunity to conduct in an outstanding master class in New York City, through the organization DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York). Conductors from around the world were selected through an audition process to work with René Clausen of Concordia College and other visiting conductors and composers on two of Mozart’s great choral works: the Mass in C, K 317 (the Coronation Mass) and the Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K. 339.

After weeks of studying the scores and determining tempos, I was definitely nervous when I got up to conduct on the first day. But Mr. Clausen and the DCINY staff gave us such helpful feedback, and the environment of the class really motivated me to stretch myself. Each successive day of the class added a new layer of conducting challenges, as we began with conducting a solo violin, then a pianist playing an orchestral reduction, progressing to a string quartet, to conducting a full professional orchestra on the final day. This gradual process allowed us to focus on the finer details happening in each instrumental part and how to show that effectively in our conducting gestures. So often as choral conductors, we are so absorbed in what our choir is doing (or not doing!) that we miss the orchestral nuances that really make the music come alive. The instrumentalists also gave us important feedback on our conducting, and it was incredible to hear the elevation in the performance quality when we were able to put their advice into action.

In addition to the coaching we received on the podium, we had invaluable discussion sessions with the principal violinist, who taught us about various styles of bowings we could ask for from the string players; with composer and conductor Jonathan Willcocks (son of the famous Sir David Willcocks), who shared helpful advice about how to run an efficient orchestra rehearsal; and with composer Karl Jenkins, sharing insights on the creative process. The class ended with a moving performance in Carnegie Hall, where youth and adult choirs from the US and England encouraged us to go home and aspire to new levels of musicianship and beauty with our own choirs.

On May 19, I am conducting the Coronation Mass with my choir at Trinity Lutheran in Alameda and a chamber orchestra. I am excited to put what I learned at the master class into practice and I hope my singers will experience the same inspiration and joy that this piece has brought me. Choral music invites us to continually work toward higher and higher levels of excellence and I am grateful to have this opportunity to learn and grow every week.

HNU Kodály Center News

János Horváth led the HNU Chamber Singers in HNU’s Winter Choral Concert on December 1. In addition to madrigals by Dowland, Wilbye and Bennet, they performed several Britten pieces in anticipation of the British Isles Music Festival that took place on February 9. Cascada de Flores (Arwen Lawrence, MM ’08, and Jorge Liceaga) performed traditional songs from Mexico and Tim Silva, MM ’14, and friends performed American folk spirituals and songs from the Sacred Harp tradition. Tim also led the audience in singing “Joy to the World” using just the syllables m-f-s-l!

There are still a few spaces left for Fall 2013 for anyone wishing to begin studies in the Masters Degree in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis. Students in the masters program typically spread their studies over two years. The course of study in the second year includes student teaching in neighboring schools. Rita Alway, MM ’13, is doing her practicum at Cleveland Elementary in Oakland, in a school program organized by alumna Julie Haydon, MM ’06. It’s wonderful to see collaboration taking place between current students and alumni.

The Kodály Center will host its 45th HNU Kodály Summer Institute from July 1-20, 2013. Faculty will include Judit Hartyányi from the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hélène Matters from Australia, and Holy Names faculty—Gemma Arguelles, Gail Needleman, Ildikó Salgado, Fran Smith and Anne Laskey. In addition, János will offer a musicianship class for high school students from July 1-5. We will also offer a children’s choir camp from July 8-12, and institute participants will be able to observe both musicianship and choral rehearsals.

The Kodály Center has recently created a new blog, to share resources with the wider community. Check out the resource link on the page to locate a Kodály curriculum for grades 1 and 2, sequence of music concepts, folk song analysis sheets, and online print and recorded sources. The music library link includes lists of indexed collections, including master’s theses and choral library holdings. Thanks to Robert Lee, MM ’12, for his work on providing these resources to a wider audience. If you are in the Bay Area, please feel free to visit our music library. Hours are limited, and are posted on the blog (

On the blog, you’ll also find information about our 17th annual Children’s Choral Festival, to be held at Holy Names University’s Valley Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Susan McMane, Artistic Director of Young Women’s Choral Projects in SF and, until recently, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, will serve as guest conductor of the festival. If you are in the area, please join us for this festival which is free and open to the public. We welcome NCAKE members to help by assisting with one of the participating choirs. Please let me know if you are able to help with either the morning or afternoon session []. We hope to see you at Holy Names soon!