Employment Opportunities

Music Teacher Position at Live Oak Charter School

Posted on June 21, 2018
Live Oak Charter School, a Waldorf Inspired K-8 school in Petaluma, California is conducting a national search for a Music Teacher/Director to lead our established music program emphasizing voice and strings.
A joyful and intriguing learning experience is the fundamental goal of Live Oak’s program. Our vision is to be the model school for music instruction in the North Bay: Providing a solid foundation in technique and theory through exploration of music’s diverse artistic heritage. Though content knowledge and proficiency are important objectives of the program, the creation of an affirming and buoyant musical experience for children is essential. It is the vitality and joy of the personal experience that develops the internal inspiration within children to persevere and progress in comprehension, skill, and expression.
The Music Teacher is responsible for instruction in voice/choir and strings (violin, viola, cello, bass).Classes begin in the early grades with voice work primarily, hybridizing with strings instruments in grades 3-8. Classes are held in both half-size and full-size configurations to provide periods for targeted instruction as well as periods for larger choir and orchestral training. A music assistant joins the music teacher to support full-size class instruction.
Ideal candidates are Kodály trained and employ an engaging repertoire of classical, folk and modern music from around the world. A successful candidate develops a positive, professional, and gracefully playful rapport with students. The capacity to creatively meet children throughout the grades with challenging and relevant material is a must. Experience in a Waldorf environment is appreciated, though not required.

This is unique opportunity to work in a community that is deeply invested in providing exceptional music instruction for our students. We believe that musical expression is an innate component of our humanity and want our students to have an elementary music experience that cultivates a passion and understanding of this art form. Live Oak provides an inventory of quality instruments and has relationships with our local music shops to maintain and replace instruments regularly.

The Music teacher is part of an interleaved system of music instruction and is joined by a dedicated percussion teacher in grades 4-8. In addition, all classroom teachers at the school are musicians themselves, and are responsible for recorder and vocal instruction in the classroom for curriculum integration and cultivation of harmonious and rhythmic group dynamics.

Live Oak is located in the heart of Petaluma, 50 miles north of San Francisco in picturesque Sonoma County, California. Petaluma is home to artisan bakeries, knitting shops, acres of farmland, incredible cycling, and our notable community of educators and families dedicated to providing progressive public Waldorf education to families in the North Bay. Live Oak is thriving in its 18th year, possessing a thriving faculty and staff and a collaborative organizational structure to support and welcome our new team members.

Employment application is available at http://www.liveoakcharter.org/faculty-and-staff/employment. Please direct application and resume to Matthew Morgan; director@liveoakcharter.org, 707-762-9020.

San Francisco Girls Chorus, Level III Director

Posted June 12, 2018

Reporting to the San Francisco Girls Chorus’, Director of Voice Studies and Chorus School Pedagogy, the Level III Director is responsible for teaching and preparing repertoire for Level III of SFGC’s Chorus School. The Chorus School, which annually serves more than 350 girls and young women, ages 5 to 18, from the greater Bay Area, provides a comprehensive music education that begins with a Prep program for choristers ages 4 – 7, and continues through four levels of progressively challenging training. Upon graduation from the Chorus School at the end of Level IV, singers are eligible to audition for SFGC’s GRAMMY Award-winning Premier Ensemble, led by Artistic Director, Valérie Sainte-Agathe. Level III rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in San Francisco, and on Wednesday and Friday afternoons in Berkeley. This is a part-time (20 hours per week) position.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: • Select, teach and conduct a variety of choral repertoire, implement curriculum and set goals for singers in Level III (typically ages 8-12) of the SFGC Chorus School; repertoire should be balanced to provide a variety of choral repertoire from various periods of music history, including contemporary and commissioned works; all repertoire is reviewed by the Music Director prior to final selection • Teach and model healthy vocal technique, including breath support and appropriate singing posture • Coordinate voice teaching with the SFGC Director of Vocal Studies, integrating ensemble and solo repertoire in warm-ups and other vocal coaching sessions • Integrate music theory and sight singing curricula into the regular rehearsal schedule, working collaboratively with SFGC’s Music Theory and Sight Singing instructors • Provide opportunities for choristers to explore the dramatic elements of repertoire, and develop their physicality and expressivity in performance, in partnership with SFGC’s dramaturg and movement coaches • Select and/or provide choristers for collaborations with other arts organizations; teach and prepare music for these collaborations, with guidance from the Music Director. Attend rehearsals and performances with choristers • Plan rehearsals and activities for Level III camps; attend and teach at the annual Day Camp and the week-long Away Camp in Healdsburg • Regularly communicate with choristers and families about Chorus School and Level III activities and schedules • Provide guidance to Chorus families about SFGC’s program expectations and responsibilities, including each chorister’s commitment to learning and attendance at all rehearsals and performances • Hold annual parent-chorister conferences to discuss musical growth and learning, as well as expectations for Chorus School Graduation • Update and maintain records of Level III choristers, including attendance, information on parent conferences and chorister progress • Prepare semi-annual Chorister Repertoire Evaluations and Progress Reports • Attend San Francisco and East Bay Chorus School auditions held throughout the year • Attend monthly faculty meetings, camp meetings, and other meetings relating to the Chorus School • Arrive at venue least 15 minutes before rehearsal and be prepared to stay 15 minutes after

OTHER: • Directors may be asked to conduct other levels during special rehearsals or performances • Attend a one-hour, weekly meeting with the Artistic Director and other Level Directors on Tuesday afternoons

QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance or Music Education, with emphasis on vocal pedagogy and/or choral conducting; Master’s Degree preferred • Experience and passion for working with young singers • Understanding of and proficiency in vocal technique, especially for young female voices • Thorough knowledge of classical and concert music repertoire

POSITION: The Level III Director is a 20-hours per week, 38 weeks per year, nonexempt position. Additional hours will be granted only with the advance approval of the Director of Voice Studies and Chorus School Pedagogy. Included in weekly work hours are the following activities: music prep time; administrative tasks; repertoire research; meetings with Artistic Director and Director of Voice Studies and Chorus School Pedagogy; faculty meetings; concerts and special performances; parent meetings; and auditions.

COMPENSATION: Starting compensation will be $40 per hour. Compensation package includes employer-sponsored health, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending plan, optional 403(b) retirement plan, and paid time off.

TO APPLY: Email brief cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references to Justin Montigne, Director of Voice Studies and Chorus School Pedagogy, at jmontigne@sfgirlschorus.org, by Friday, June 22, 2018. Include job title in subject line. Applications may also be mailed to: San Francisco Girls Chorus, 44 Page Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94102. No phone calls, please. The San Francisco Girls Chorus is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Minister of Music Position with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, CA

Posted May 20, 2018

The Minister of Music is responsible for all musical components of St. John’s liturgy. The Ministerof Music is expected to play the organ and/or piano at all regularly scheduled services; to recruit,rehearse and conduct volunteer adult and youth choirs in the performance of service music; tooversee the music performed at parish weddings, funerals or other special services; and fulfillother musical responsibiliBes as requested by the Rector.

Position Detail:

Working in close cooperation with the rector and other clergy of the parish, the Minister ofMusic is responsible for:

Selecting appropriate hymns, anthems and other music for Sunday services each


Hiring professional musicians for Christmas, Easter, and other special services

Ensuring that service music is consistent with the theme of the scripture readings, the

sermon and the overall tone of the services

Developing the musical abilities of the Youth and Chancel Choirs

Maintaining the choir calendar on the St. John’s webpage

Developing and managing annual Music Budget


Hours per week: 30

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Benefits: St. John’s offers a competitive benefits package to its employees including

health insurance, paid annual vacation, retirement savings plan.

Skills and Experience 


Choral conducting experience for both youth and adult choirs

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers

Proficiency in playing the piano and organ, including sight-reading

Understanding of sacred music and its use within liturgy and worship

Ability to motivate singers, develop musicianship and attract new members

Good written and verbal communication skills


Instrumental conducting experience

Knowledge of Episcopal liturgy and worship

Previous experience as a church music director

St. John’s Episcopal Church is a warm and welcoming congregation – a multigenerational community that strives to serve Christ through invitation, inclusion, faith and action. No matter where one is on their journey of faith, our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity,culture, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental condition.We are a medium-sized church with a membership of about 250 families. The church community has a strong commitment and participation in its music program and our children’s and youth choirs have grown over the last two years. The Minister of Music is part of an experienced staff team headed by our Rector Scott Denman, and includes an Associate Rector, a Youth and FamilyServices Director, Office Coordinator, and a volunteer Treasurer.Our mission places strong emphasis on our role in the community – and we have more than 40 active congregation committees to support our many activities. We seek music leadership for two services: a contemplative 7:45 AM service and a choral service for all generations at 10:00AM. If you would like to learn more about us, please check us out online at: www.stjohnsoakland.org. Please submit a cover letter, resume, recent video recording of choral conducting, and an audio or video recording of organ and piano excerpts. Electronic applications are invited with links to video/audio via email at: stjmusic2018@stjohnsoakland.org. Please share any questions you may have with the search committee using the email above. Candidate review is ongoing.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Reverend Scott Denman, Rector 
1707 Gouldin Road
Oakland, CA 94611

Volunteer Music Director Position with Renaissance Choir in San Francisco

Posted on May 7, 2018

Tactus (tactus-sf.org), a 12-16 voice Renaissance chamber chorus in San Francisco, is seeking a Music Director to lead the chorus at weekly rehearsals and three performance weekends per year.

This is a part-time, year-round volunteer position. Some financial support may be available, depending on the qualifications of the candidate. The candidate must be available for evening rehearsals (currently on Thursdays) and one or two Saturday workshops in San Francisco or the East Bay for each concert cycle. The Music Director reports directly to the membership.

To apply, please submit a cover letter briefly describing your conducting experience and qualifications for the position, together with a conducting portfolio including curriculum vitae, links to any recordings / videos, PDFs of concert programs, and references. For further details, see the full announcement in the attachment below, or at https://tinyurl.com/tactusdirsearch18

Applications should be sent by email to tactussf@gmail.com with the subject line “Tactus Music Director Application” by Sunday, May 27, 11:59 PM.


Associate Conductor (Level I and Level II) of Star Valley Children’s Choir

Posted on May 7, 2018

Star Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC), a non-profit choral organization based in South San Francisco, is looking for a dynamic conductor to serve in the part-time position of conductor for the beginner and intermediate level (Level I and Level II) choirs. Essential duties include preparation and rehearsal direction for the two choirs, as well as participation in concert performances.

Essential job duties:

– Conduct the Level I and II choirs.

– Prepare for and lead the choir in weekly rehearsal and conduct in performances. Encourage

choristers to achieve musicianship and musical literacy goals as outlined in the choir curriculum.

Conduct evaluations twice annually to recommend choristers for promotion.

– Help ensure chorister on-site safety and security.

– Communicate with parents regarding behavior, attendance and other issues.

– Other duties as needed.


– Bachelor’s in Music Education or Choral Conducting required, preferably with an emphasis in

education and/or early childhood development and experience with the Kodály method.

– Basic piano skills required.

– One year’s experience of teaching in a school or community preferred.

– Ability to communicate effectively with other staff members, parents, and the public.

– Basic skills in Microsoft Office and social media.

– Commitment to choral education and expanding a growing organization.

To apply:

Electronically submit a letter of interest and a resume or CV with two references to Artistic Director,Derek Tam, at dtam@starvalleycc.org. Video clips are welcome, but not required. Subsequentsteps in the process include an in-person interview and a potential on-site audition.This is a part-time position with no benefits. The associate conductor reports to the Artistic Director of Star Valley Children’s Choir. Most work will occur on Saturday afternoon; however, there are occasionalmandatory events (planning meetings, concerts, retreats, etc.) that require additional hours. Salary iscommensurate with experience.

There is a possibility that applicants for this position will be invited to apply simultaneously for the position of Artistic Director of Bellissimo Children’s Choir, a newly formed organization, in San Jose. For more information about Star Valley Children’s Choir, visit www.starvalleycc.org.

SVCC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion,ethnic background, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Applicants from diverse backgrounds arestrongly encouraged to apply.

Bellissimo Children’s Choir of CPAA: Part-Time Choir Director and Artistic Director

Posted on May 7, 2018

We are a small and growing choir under the umbrella of the Chinese Performing Arts of America (CPAA), who maintains the rehearsal space, located in West San Jose across the street from Cupertino. The choir is small, and the students are all excellent students, talented, intelligent, well-behaved, and VERY interested in music and singing. An ideal class for any teacher.

We have fewer than 10 students with two levels: young beginning level Choir A (ages 3 – 6) and elementary level Choir B (ages 6 – 8). We are expecting to add several more students in September, and possibly add an older beginner class, Choir C (ages 9 – 12).

As Artistic Director you will have complete control over matters pertaining to the choir’s educational direction and choral literature. As Choir Director you will rehearse and teach musicianship and theory to both choirs. Strong parental support is available inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to this position, there is another job opening to direct Level 1 and Level 2 choirs with Star Valley Choral Center in South San Francisco, which will offer Bellissimo Children’s Choir (BCC) opportunities to collaborate with a larger choir.

Position Summary:

The part-time job opening begins in September. We are looking for someone to step into a position as Choral Director and Artistic Director with the goal of growing a small choir. Regular hours are either Sunday afternoon or Saturday morning, negotiable, for 2 – 2 . hours, depending on membership base. Hourly compensation is based on rehearsal hours.

The choral year goes from the weekend following Labor Day to the middle of May, with time off for Thanksgiving, President’s Day, Spring break and 3 – 4 weeks off for the winter break. Summers are off – however a BCC summer camp can be started, and is encouraged.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Choral Director Duties

1. Plan and execute rehearsals and musicianship classes.

2. Engage, motivate and challenge students in their choral singing and performance


3. Teach musicianship (sight singing and theory) using Kod.ly concepts ie. hand

signs, solfa, rhythm names and symbols, such as stick notation, etc.

4. Instruct students on proper use of head voice and healthy vocalization technique

through activities, games, and choral repertoire, including folk songs.

5. Must be willing and have experience working with young children ages 4 – 8.

6. Communicate with parents regarding behavior, attendance and other issues.

Artistic Director Duties

1. Choose engaging material for both levels that are age and experience appropriate.

2. Ensure children’s on-site safety and security.

3. Schedule performances for parents and friends at least two time in the year.

4. Schedule performances, with parental assistance, to perform in the community.

5. Work with CPAA to determine costs and things relating to payment, registration,

salary, etc. (There is potential to take over choir ownership with sufficient

membership base, which can increase one’s income significantly.)

6. Maintain an income and expense report.

7. Work with parents to find creative ways of attracting new students.

7. At the right time, plan to expand the choir to older beginners ages 9 – 12.

8. Hire additional teachers/choir directors.

9. Write or alter new forms as needed.

10. Order uniforms, music bags, binders, T-shirts with BCC’s logo.


· Bachelors Degree in Music and experience/training with Kodaly’s concepts.

· Interest and desire in working with children and developing their musical aptitude

and singing skills.

· Choral conducting experience and/or training with young children.

· Understanding of vocal development in children.

· Classroom management skills that redirects students to the subject in a positive way.

· People skills, particularly with parents, are essential.

· Ability to play melody line on the piano. An accompanist is available for a month

before a performance. With a sufficient membership base, an accompanist can be

secured for the entire year.


Negotiable with CPAA.


Send cover letter, resume, and references to Anne Austin at: bellissimocchoir@gmail.com.

CPAA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,

religion, ethnic background, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Applicants from

diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Open Positions for Silicon Valley Boychoir

Posted on April 25, 2018

Job Openings for Fall 2018 (August-May):

Founded in 2010, the Silicon Valley Boychoir, an after-school program in Palo Alto, CA, has two positions opening for Fall 2018. Both positions are part-time, but could be combined.

Choral Director

The ideal candidate will be an experienced vocal/choral teacher with classroom and/or previous choral experience.

  • Direct one intermediate choir, 15-20 boys, Tuesday, 4:00-5:45.
  • Correct theory books and provide semester evaluations
  • Prep for rehearsals including creating lesson plans and selecting music in collaboration with other directors as needed.
  • An excellent accompanist will be provided for part of the rehearsal.
  • The position includes two additional weekend rehearsals per semester and dress rehearsal before each concert (December and May). Salaried position depending on education level and experience. Averaging 4-5 hours a week in Palo Alto.
  • Large work space, great neighborhood, and very supportive parents.


Musicianship Director or Assistant Instructor

The ideal candidate will have a choral and/or voice background, a good understanding of music theory, and experience working with children.

Director responsibilities include:

  • Managing a program of small-group instruction (seven 45-minute classes are currently offered after school and on Saturday mornings).
  • Planning weekly lesson.
  • Teaching sight-singing using Curwen hand signs and moveable do.
  • Teaching theory concepts and helping boys work on their theory books.
  • Evaluating and tracking individual progress.
  • Providing vocal coaching to beginning singers using choral repertoire.
  • Piano skills are a plus.


The Musicianship Director is a part-time salaried position dependent on educational background and experience averaging 8 hours/week in Palo Alto.

The Assistant Instructor is a part-time hourly position (with a more flexible schedule) – assisting in teaching musicianship classes. 2-6 hours/week in Palo Alto.

Please send resumés to:

Julia Simon

Artistic Director, Silicon Valley Boychoir



Music Position at Piedmont Preschool

Posted on April 25, 2018

Piedmont Play School is looking for a qualified music person to come to the school 2 times a month to do music appreciation for 45 minutes or so.This would entail songs, movement with props and musical instruments. There are 22 students ranging in ages 3-5 years old.  The school would pay $65/hour for this service. The school is on the same calendar as Piedmont Unified School District.

Contact: Karen Keller at karenskeller@mail.com

High School Choral Position in South Carolina

Pelion High School in Pelion, South Carolina is accepting applicants for their open Choral Director position. The responsibilities for this position consist of teaching choral and various music classes across grades 9-12. Pelion is located approximately 30 minutes southwest of Columbia, our state’s capital city, in Lexington School District One.

The PHS Choral program is robust with three choirs and numerous awards earned. In 2016, Serenata (auditioned women’s choir) earned 1st place at the SCMEA State Performance Assessment. The previous year, Serenata earned 3rd place and Honors Choir (auditioned mixed) earned 2nd place at the same event. This spring, PHS choral members will perform Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo with several additional choirs in Carnegie Hall.

Applicants may apply for this position using the following link: https://rm.lexington1.net/BP/AM/External/WebPostingDetails.aspx?UniqueKey=d17793c5-5fc2-41fc-bad2-cf13a03b116d

Additionally, interested parties may email their resume to Mr. Bryan Hearn, Principal bhearn@lexington1.netApplications due online: February 19, 2018

David Stephenson, Ph.D.
Choral Director/Fine Arts Department Head: Pelion High School
Lead Teacher: Lexington One High School Choral Directors
Adjunct Instructor: USC-Sumter and Midlands Technical College

Contact Information:

Pelion High School
803-821-2254 office

K-5 Music Teacher with Redwood Day School

Posted on January 8, 2018


Redwood Day is a vibrant K-8 school with over 385 students and 80+ faculty and staff all learning together on our four-acre campus in the heart of Oakland. Everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other’s differences, and honor their diverse community. We find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives.

Job Description and Desired Qualifications

The K-5 music program nurtures the love of music while laying a strong foundation for understanding musical concepts and developing musical skills. The program introduces students to the basic elements of music. These elements come to life through a diverse range of repertoire and learning experiences, which use speech, rhyme, games, singing, dance, movement, listening, body percussion and musical instruments (such as unpitched percussion instruments, boomwhackers, xylophones, and recorders).

This is a full-time position, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays), with up to the equivalent of 28 classes per cycle.

  • Dedicated K-5 music room
  • Regular K-5 music instruction: Each class (2 per grade) twice per 6-day cycle
  • Teaching Redwood Day Chorus (after school) – Grades 4th-8th
  • Direct Lower School Musical – Grades 4th-5th
  • Perform all other assigned school-related duties (e.g. recess supervision, meetings, etc.)
  • Maximum class size is 22 students

Essential Requirements:

  • Classroom music teaching experience
  • Choral directing experience
  • Instrumental proficiency (piano, guitar, recorder)
  • Candidate must have a natural rapport with children and good classroom management skills.

Desired Qualifications and Traits:

  • Teaching credential or Masters Degree (MM) in Music (preferred)
  • Orff levels training and Kodaly knowledge helpful
  • Ability to teach strings classes desirable but not required

Limitations and Disclaimer:

The above job responsibilities are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with federal and state laws. Employment at Redwood Day is “at-will”. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Offers are contingent on passing a background check and TB assessment.

Non-discrimination Policy:

Redwood Day is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, religion color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, transitioned, transitioning or perceived to be transitioning), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), marital status, domestic partner status, pregnancy and breastfeeding, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, military and veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful consideration by federal, state or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. In addition, Redwood Day does not permit discrimination based on dressing consistently with one’s gender identity or gender expression, or preferred gender, name or pronoun usage.



Redwood Day offers highly competitive compensation and benefits.




Master’s degree





Please submit a cover letter, resume, and Redwood Day Application Form and submit it electronically by January 22 , 2018 to Kelly Nelson and Cheryl Ting.


Music Teacher with Starting Arts

Posted on January 8, 2018

Starting Arts is looking for experienced and enthusiastic music teachers for during-school music programs that serve elementary schools in San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara. Ideal candidates are comfortable working with any size group of students in grades K-6. There are multiple opportunities throughout Santa Clara County.
Starting Arts is a non-profit arts education organization founded in 2000 with a mission to make arts education accessible to all students in the Bay Area. We believe in the tremendous impact the arts have on students.

For more information or to apply, please contact: 

Jake Lake
Director of During School Programs in Sunnyvale & Santa Clara
Director of Assembly Programs
Starting Arts
Office: 408-492-9022

Instructor with Harmony Project Bay Area

Posted on January 8, 2018

The Harmony Project is looking for a music instructor for 2nd graders, around 18 students per class, from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mondays are preferred, but other days could be negotiable. The pay is $160 for the afternoon, and the site is in Daly City, close to the BART station.

There is also a possible opportunity to teach three morning classes for our second year Kodaly students.

To learn more about the Harmony Project, please see our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqY9_aE-v2Y. For more information and inquires about the position, please contact:

Seth Mausner
Director, Harmony Project Bay Area

Starting Arts Elementary School Music Teacher Position

Posted on December 7, 2017

Starting Arts is looking for experienced and enthusiastic music teachers for during-school music programs that serve elementary schools in San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara. Ideal candidates are comfortable working with any size group of students in grades K-6. There are multiple opportunities throughout Santa Clara County.

Starting Arts is a non-profit arts education organization founded in 2000 with a mission to make arts education accessible to all students in the Bay Area. We believe in the tremendous impact the arts have on students.

Jake Lake
Director of During School Programs in Sunnyvale & Santa Clara
Director of Assembly Programs
Starting Arts
Office: 408-492-9022

Performing Arts Teacher at Cathedral School for Boys

Posted on October 25, 2017

Cathedral School for Boys seeks an energetic, responsible, knowledgeable, performing arts teacher for grades K-8 whose teaching approach aligns with the school’s mission and philosophy. This is a full time position, but part time options may be available.

Music Responsibilities:

  • Plan and teach developmentally appropriate music classes daily to grades kindergarten through eighth grade
  • Work from a scope and sequence for music curriculum (skills, understandings and activities)
  • Help select and lead music for lower school chapel
  • Plan and teach Project Based Learning units in both divisions
  • Assess student skills and communicate through progress reports
  • Lead an Upper School advisory of eight to ten students
  • Collaborate closely with second music teacher and other teachers in both divisions
• Experience in music or music/drama education (minimum of three years classroom experience)
• Ability to analyze student behaviors, identify challenges, and suggest solutions
• Strong verbal communication skills
• Strong organization skills, including time management and follow-up
• Ability to work effectively in a team
• Knowledge of child cognitive development and different learning styles
• Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university with appropriate course work in music and drama

Cathedral School for Boys is an equal opportunity employer and promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. People of color are encouraged to apply. Compensation is competitive and includes health, dental and vision insurance and TIAA/CREF annuity program.

Interested individuals should e-mail cover letter, résumé and references to:

Paul Bertrand
Director of Curriculum
Cathedral School for Boys
1275 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

To learn more about Cathedral School for Boys, visit www.cathedralschool.net.

Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir Part-Time Teaching Assistant Position

posted on September 10, 2017

  • We are looking for a Teaching Assistant for Concert Choir (ages 9 – 14), our youngest touring choir. 
  • This year we have over 60 singers enrolled in this level.  
  • We are looking for a part-time Teaching Assistant who will help with classroom management, light administrative duties (attendance, record keeping and theory workbook grading) and section rehearsals.    
  • If desired and with the right skill set, this person could also occasionally lead the entire choir in musicianship activities and vocal warmups.
  • For the right person, this would be a tremendous opportunity to experience the Kodály method at work in an international class regional children’s choir.

Position Summary: 

  1. We are looking for a Kodály based teacher or conductor in training.
  2. Regular hours are Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (3:50 p.m. to 6:10 p.m.), September to June.
  3. Hourly compensation negotiable.
  4. Responsibilities include help with classroom management and light administrative duties during rehearsal and section rehearsals.
  5. Potential for additional opportunities to lead warmups and musicianship activities.

Contact: Andrew Brown, Concert Choir Director, Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, at andrewbrown01@comcast.net.

Crowden Music Center Part-Time Chorus Teacher Position

posted on September 8, 2017

Part-Time Faculty Opening, Fall 2017: Children’s Chorus Teacher

Crowden Music Center seeks a part-time chorus teacher to start in Fall 2017

Crowden is a Berkeley non-profit organization that combines music and education to nurture, develop, and inspire students of all ages. Founded in 1983 by Scottish violinist Anne Crowden, today Crowden serves an annual audience of 11,500 with a rich array of workshops, events, and concerts. Each year, more than 1,400 music students of all ages and levels of ability participate in Crowden’s private lessons, music classes, ensembles, and summer programs. Crowden’s flagship program is The Crowden School: a coeducational day school for grades four through eight that provides a distinguished education with chamber music at the core. In addition, Crowden is an active center for music rehearsals, performances, and recitals for students and professional musicians

We are currently seeking a chorus teacher to teach our Level II Children’s Chorus. The Crowden Children’s Chorus meets on Saturday mornings from 9:30–10:30am, and the members range in age from 7–12. The group has grown in recent years and we see the need to add a 2nd level for an older age range from about 11–15. The new chorus teacher would be the founding director for this Level II group, and would have the opportunity to grow the program over time. The Level I Chorus, and a smaller Chamber Singers group, will continue to be conducted by our current choral teacher. The Chorus meets on a 14-week semester schedule, from early September to mid-December, and from late January to mid-May. Each semester culminates with a public recital.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of vocal pedagogy and children’s choral repertoire.
  • Teaching experience with ages 11–15, proven ability to recruit and retain singers.
  • Ability to work collegially with the Level I and Chamber Singers teacher, as well as the administrative staff.
  • Experience communicating with parents regarding musical progress and any behavioral or social issues that require parental involvement.
  • Post-secondary degree in music, Masters level with choral music emphasis is preferred.

Compensation: faculty members are paid an hourly rate based on classes taught.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to matherton@crowden.org. No phone calls please.

The Crowden Music Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnic background, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

San Francisco Boys Chorus Accompanist and Musicianship Instructor for Intermediate Chorus (ages 9-12)

posted on August 21, 2017

San Francisco Location: Kanbar Performing Arts Building, 44 Page St.
Hours: Mon 4:30-6:45 p.m. Wed 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Reports to:
Intermediate Chorus Director, Music Education Director, Assistant Artistic Director

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Accompany Chorus rehearsals as assigned during the chorus season.
  • Actively assist Intermediate Chorus Director with choral rehearsal and supervision at break time.
  • Lead sectional rehearsals during regular rehearsal times as needed.
  • Keep master music folio updated and on campus.
  • Collaborate with Director to create practice recordings for choristers, as needed.
  • Accompany concerts and performances, as required.
  • Substitute for other accompanists in San Francisco, San Rafael, or Oakland, as needed and as available.
  • Occasionally accompany for tours, as needed and as available. PICFEST Jun 26-Jul2, 2018

Intermediate Chorus Musicianship Instructor:

  1. Plan and instruct musicianship classes (sight singing and theory) that follow the SFBC sequence of music concepts.
  2. Program Delivery:
    • Create lessons, to engage, motivate and challenge choristers.
    • Utilize moveable do, rhythm syllables, Curwen hand-signs, and level-appropriate instruction in score reading techniques.
    • Include aural, kinesthetic and visual learning modalities and embed assessment activities in lessons regularly.
    • Insist choristers sing using proper head voice and healthy vocalization.
    • Help ensure chorister on-site safety and security.
    • Foster chorus social and professional culture according to SFBC standards.
  1. Evaluation
    • Complete and ensure the timely distribution of chorister mid-year and year-end musicianship assessments. Assessment rubrics will be supplied by Music Education Director.
    • Work closely with the Intermediate Director and Music Education Director to prepare choristers for promotion into the next chorus level.
    • Participate in employment evaluation and program evaluation at end of year.
  1. Administrative Responsibilities:
    • Communicate with Intermediate Director and parents regarding behavior, attendance and other issues, and develop behavior management plans as needed. Communication modalities may include email, phone conferences and in-person conferences with follow-up and summary emails.
    • Collaborate with Intermediate Chorus Director, Music Education Director and Program Manager as needed to determine disciplinary actions. Please copy Intermediate Chorus and Music Education Directors all parent correspondences regarding behavior.
    • Take attendance/roll call at all musicianship classes.
    • Contribute to Intermediate Director’s monthly news email to families.
    • Attend twice-annual staff professional development workshops; attend once-monthly music faculty meetings (usually the fourth Monday, 7:00 p.m.)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music, preferably with an emphasis in education and/or early childhood development and experience with the Kodály
  • Interest and desire in working with children and developing their musical aptitude.
  • Two or more years of experience teaching music to children in groups.
  • Choral conducting experience and/or training and familiarity with choral repertoire.
  • Understanding of vocal development in children.
  • Ability to work as a team player with a flexible and positive attitude.
  • Proven record of classroom management that motivates and encourages young singers.

Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Send cover letter, resume, and references to Jennifer Cooper, Music Education Director, San Francisco Boys Chorus, jcooper@sfbc.org

 The San Francisco Boys Chorus is an internationally acclaimed Grammy-award winning not-for-profit music education and performing arts organization at the heart of San Francisco’s cultural center. The chorus serves over 220 singers from 50 Bay Area cities and more than 120 schools at three Bay Area campuses.

The San Francisco Boys Chorus is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

South Bay San Francisco Boys Chorus Apprentice, Prep & Junior Chorus Rehearsal Director and Musicianship Instructor

posted on August 21, 2017

Reports to:
Music Education Director
Assistant Artistic Director

HOURS: San Mateo location
Mondays 3:00-6:00 p.m. (rehearsals 3:15-5:45)
Wednesdays 3:15-6:00 p.m. (rehearsals 3:30-5:45) 

The South Bay Rehearsal Director & Musicianship Instructor will instruct boys in the Apprentice Chorus (ages 7-10) and Prep/Junior Chorus (ages 5-7) at SFBC’s San Mateo Campus from September through mid-June, 2017-18.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Plan and execute rehearsals and musicianship classes in coordination with and under the auspices of the San Francisco-site Chorus Directors.
  2. Program Delivery:
    • Engage, motivate and challenge choristers in their choral singing and expected performance practices; foster chorus social and professional culture according to SFBC standards.
    • Include in rehearsals music literacy techniques utilizing moveable do, rhythm syllables, and level-appropriate instruction in score reading.
    • Instruct choristers on proper use of head voice and healthy vocalization through activities, games, and choral repertoire.
    • Teach musicianship (sight singing and theory) under the auspices of the Music Education Director and using the SFBC curriculum.
    • Help ensure chorister on-site safety and security.
    • Support the choristers at performances throughout the year as scheduled TBD. Represent SFBC at various public functions as needed.
  1. Evaluation
    • Complete and ensure the timely distribution of chorister mid-year and year-end assessments.
    • Work closely with South Bay Site Director, App/Junior/Prep Directors and Music Education Director to prepare choristers for promotion into the next chorus level.
    • Participate in employment evaluation and program evaluation at end of year.
  1. Administrative Responsibilities:
    • Communicate with parents regarding behavior, attendance and other issues, and develop behavior management plans with parents as needed. Communication modalities may include email, phone conferences and in-person conferences with follow-up and summary emails.
    • Collaborate with South Bay Site and App/Junior/Prep Directors, Music Education Director, and Program Manager as needed to determine disciplinary actions. Site and level Directors and Music Education Director to be cc’d on all parent correspondences regarding behavior.
    • Take attendance/roll call at all rehearsals and enter weekly into chorus database (Charms). Ensure the Music Education Director is immediately informed of attendees not on the register.
    • Contribute to each SF-site Director’s monthly news email to families.
    • Attend twice-annual staff professional development workshops; attend once-monthly music faculty meetings (usually the fourth Monday, 7:00 p.m.); and thrice annual new chorister auditions.


  • Bachelors Degree in Music, preferably with an emphasis in education and/or early childhood development and experience with the Kodály
  • Interest and desire in working with children and developing their musical aptitude.
  • Two or more years of experience teaching music to children in groups.
  • Choral conducting experience and/or training and familiarity with choral repertoire.
  • Understanding of vocal development in children.
  • Ability to work as a team player with a flexible and positive attitude.
  • Proven record of classroom management that motivates and encourages young singers.
  • Ability to play the piano is preferred, but not required.

Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Send cover letter, resume, and references to Jennifer Cooper, Music Education Director, San Francisco Boys Chorus, jcooper@sfbc.org

The San Francisco Boys Chorus is an internationally acclaimed Grammy-award winning not-for-profit music education and performing arts organization at the heart of San Francisco’s cultural center. The chorus serves over 220 singers from 50 Bay Area cities and more than 120 schools at three Bay Area campuses.

The San Francisco Boys Chorus is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

South Bay San Francisco Boys Chorus Accompanist Position

posted on August 21, 2017

HOURS: San Mateo location
Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Reports to:
San Mateo site director, Assistant Artistic Director

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Accompany Chorus rehearsals as assigned during the chorus season (Junior Chorus ages 6-7; Apprentice Chorus ages 7-9; Intermediate Chorus ages 9-12)
  • Lead sectional rehearsals during regular rehearsal times as needed.
  • Keep master music folio updated and on campus.
  • Collaborate with Director to create practice recordings for choristers, as needed.
  • Accompany concerts and performances, as required.
  • Substitute for other accompanists in San Francisco, San Rafael, or Oakland, as needed and as available.

Mission Montessori After-School Music Instructor Position

posted on May 30, 2017

Mission Montessori is San Francisco’s first private Montessori elementary school opening this August. We are searching for a teacher to come once a week to teach music to our group of fifteen kindergarten and first graders. This would be after-school from 3:45-4:45pm once a week at our school which is at 450 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching singing, preferably using Kodaly method
  • Ability to teach use of Orff instruments and movement is a plus!
  • Preparing students for two fun performances during the school year


  • Experience teaching music to elementary school students
  • Patient manner with children
  • Familiarity with Montessori is a plus!
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

TO APPLY: Please email pari@missionmontessori.org

Organization of American Kodály Educators Interim Administrative Director Position

posted on May 30, 2017

The Organization of American Kodály Educators is now taking applications for the Interim Administrative Director.

The Interim Administrative Director is under the supervision of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Board of Directors, conducts and oversees the daily business of OAKE and provides administrative support to the OAKE Board of Directors until such a time as a permanent Administrative Director or Executive Director for OAKE is hired by the Board. Expected duration of this interim position is 12 to 18 months. The individual hired for this interim position is eligible to apply for the permanent position.

The OAKE Board of Directors welcomes applications from any location in the country, OAKE members are welcome to apply for the position, and we encourage members to share the job posting through their own networks.

To see the full posting and job description, please click here.

Oakland Youth Chorus Instructor Positions

posted on May 28, 2017

General/Choral Music teachers sought for 2017-18 school year

Position Summary
OYC seeks one half-time (20-25 hrs/week) and part time hourly TK-5 general and choral instructors for fall 2017 openings. Teachers work closely with students, on-site personnel, and OYC staff, teaching the fundamentals of vocal and choral music to elementary children in-school and after school programs at multiple Oakland, Richmond, and Alameda sites. Lessons connect with world cultures, focus on musical skills development, and support student learning across disciplines. We seek teachers with strong vocal and piano training and pedagogical backgrounds. Positions will include TK-6 music and choral instruction.  Successful candidates will have a history of developing successful new programs as part of an arts organization and recruitment for elective classes.


  • Teach vocal based general classroom and choral music using OYC’s multicultural model to elementary-aged school children in alignment with CA Music Standards and OYC benchmarks
  • Attend regular staff meetings, retreats, and trainings as required
  • Build relationships with Principals, parents and students through participation in on-site performances and events
  • Participate in all production meetings leading up to annual all-OYC concerts in December and May
  • Prepare students to participate in school and OYC concerts and events
  • Attend OYC concerts, monitoring elementary children during performance
  • Administer and facilitate evaluation tools and advocacy efforts as part of OYC initiatives
  • Complete time sheets and other administrative paperwork in a timely fashion

Needed Qualifications

  • Experience developing lesson plans for music classes
  • Demonstrated ability to teach music to TK-6th grade children in large group settings (10-25 students)
  • Knowledge and appreciation of music from a variety of cultures
  • Strong classroom management and student engagement in various settings
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse groups.
  • Passion for OYC’s mission and the services we provide.
  • Reliable transportation to school sites.
  • Pass OUSD IA requirements, negative TB test and OYC background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual in Spanish highly desired
  • Degree in music or music education with a choral background preferred
  • Certification in Kodaly, Orff and/or other music education methodologies preferred, willing to incorporate them with OYC training necessary.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should email cover letter and resume to keri@oaklandyouthchorus.org. No phone calls please. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Oakland Youth Chorus provides a multi-cultural music education and performance program for children and youth, fostering talent, confidence, and community. Since 1974, OYC has served the Oakland community with quality choral instruction and music education that celebrates the diversity of the region, promoting cultural connections and understanding while pursuing musical excellence. Oakland Youth Chorus provides developmentally appropriate, sequential, comprehensive instruction for singers aged 5-21, starting with our elementary school and All–City in-school music and after-school Miracle Chorus programs, and moving into our Middle School Choruses and All-City, award-winning, auditioned choirs for middle and high school youth. (Concert Chorus and Chamber Singers).

Oakland Youth Chorus is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity and expression, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, or any other unlawful consideration. We highly encourage people of color and LGBTQIQ people to apply.

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley Temporary Music Assistant Position

posted on May 16, 2017

(estimated duration mid-June through September, 2017) Non-exempt, 20-25 Hours/Week
Priority deadline to apply: May 30, 2017
Position will remain open until filled.

Job Summary
Provide administrative and program support for the Director for Choirs.

Major Responsibilities
Sunday Children’s and Youth Choir Program (40%)

  • Primary point of contact for children’s and youth choirs on Sunday mornings during the academic year for singers, parents, and choir volunteers. Generally 10 am-12:45 pm, except when a choir is singing in 1st service, when it may be 8:30 am-12:45 pm.
  • Coordinate and communicate logistics when children’s and youth choirs sing in worship.
  • Cover director, accompanist, and rehearsal volunteer absences or assist in finding replacement as needed.
  • Support, equip, and cultivate choir volunteers.
  • Maintain current choir and musician rosters.

Administration of Music Programs (35%)

  • Track schedule and budget, maintain calendar, and prepare financial forms, etc. for Director for Choirs.
  • Keep worship planning documents current with choir information.
  • Maintain calendar for children’s and youth choirs in worship.
  • Oversee and send communication for children’s, youth, and adult choirs.
  • Prepare copy for Sunday worship music, concert programs, retreat booklets, etc.
  • Maintain necessary supplies for all choirs.

Music Resources (25%)

  • Maintain current choir and musician rosters for 2 adult choirs.
  • Order and distribute music to choirs and musicians, maintaining music binders, filing, coordinating with choir librarians, and overseeing orchestra music library. Ability to transcribe music a plus.
  • Event production, including room reservations, room setup, parking arrangements, childcare reservations, orchestra needs, etc. for concerts, retreats, and other choir events.
  • Coordinate hiring of orchestral musicians and soloists; organize, prepare, and distribute orchestral and soloist music parts.

Reports to: Director for Choirs

Desired Qualities and Experience

  • A growing and deepening faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Ability to read music; basic accompanying skills; choral singing/directing experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational experience; meticulous attention to detail and excellent proofreading skills.
  • Demonstrated project management experience, with ability to track progress of multiple projects and manage weekly tasks and last-minute needs.
  • Good people skills with an ability to work graciously and collaboratively with staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to take direction and also work independently.
  • Experience with producing publicity materials a plus.
  • Proficient knowledge of needed software programs and web-based applications, which may include: Google Documents, Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Finale as well as a willingness and ability to learn new programs and applications.

Schedule: 20-25 hours/week, including Sundays 10 am-12:45 pm
Occasional extra hours as required by performances and liturgical season.

How to Apply:

  • Find our application form at http://www.fpcberkeley.org/employment.asp.
  • Return this form with your cover letter and resume to Bonnie Rauscher, Human Resources, at bonnier@fpcberkeley.org, or Bonnie Rauscher, First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Position will remain open until filled.
  • Job offer will be contingent on passing a criminal record background check.

iSing Girlchoir of Silicon Valley Teacher Position

posted on May 15, 2017

About iSing Girlchoir of Silicon Valley
iSing, founded in 2013 by Jennah Delp Somers and Shane Troll, is an arts organization of 250 singers in Palo Alto committed to the music education of girls in grades 1–12. We believe that singing teaches young people to strive for excellence, to work collaboratively with others, and to become passionate members of their communities.  iSing is “just for girls” because we want to encourage girls to develop their potential as leaders, creators, and performers through music. iSing’s three choirs for elementary school-aged children—Minis, Melodics, and Harmonics—use Orff and Kodaly methodology to build skills and teach basic vocal technique.

Position Overview:
iSing is seeking a part-time teacher to work with our elementary school aged choirs, preparing them for concerts and/or recitals at the end of each semester. The teacher will participate in repertoire and curriculum planning with the artistic team, mentored by Shane Troll, an expert in the field of music education for young singers. The position will begin in August 2017. Compensation commensurate with experience.


  • Bachelor of Music (music education emphasis preferred; in-progress okay)
  • Experience teaching and/or conducting elementary level students
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with students and parents
  • Strong sense of rhythm, ability to work primarily with solfege
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Competence with all styles of music
  • Desire to work with elementary school-aged singers
  • Piano and/or guitar proficiency preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with Orff and Kodaly methods

Application should include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. A few paragraphs discussing your personal music education philosophy
  4. Recordings  of you singing, conducting, playing piano
  5. A letter of professional reference including contact information

Interested candidates should submit all materials to info@isingsv.com by June 1, 2017.

Community School of Music and Art Classroom Music Teacher Position

posted on May 11, 2017

CSMA has teaching opportunities for well-qualified, energetic and dependable Elementary Classroom Music Teachers with excellent classroom management. The ideal candidate will possess an unwavering commitment towards teaching music effectively and comprehensively while inspiring and motivating students through a love of music. These are part-time positions teaching at elementary schools.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching vocal music using the Kodaly method
  • Including the use of Orff instruments and movement
  • Incorporating academic curriculum tie-ins
  • Developing lesson plans following CSMA curriculum and California State Standards
  • Creating a fun and enjoyable learning environment while giving students a solid musical foundation
  • Planning and preparing students for performances or open classes
  • Communicating regularly with on-site school staff and CSMA
  • Attending training and department meetings


  • Music Education or Music Performance degree
  • Experience teaching Elementary School students, ability to teach multiple disciplines and styles of music desired
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

The Community School of Music and Arts values diversity. Candidates who have a demonstrated ability to relate to diverse student populations and who have experience working in bilingual environments are strongly encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Please email cover letter and resume to: jobs@arts4all.org

Founded in 1968, CSMA is Northern California’s largest non-profit provider of arts education programs. With a $4.9 million budget and 160-member staff and faculty, it is one of the ten largest community schools in the United States. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the global capitals of creativity, CSMA is dedicated to instilling, training and nurturing creativity for all stages of life. Headquartered in the award-winning Finn Center in the City of Mountain View, CSMA directly serves over 22,000 people of all ages, skill levels and economic means each year, including over 15,000 students at 32 schools in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Pelion Middle School Choral Director Position

posted on May 9, 2017

Pelion Middle School in Pelion, South Carolina is accepting applicants for their open Choral Director position. The responsibilities for this position consists of teaching choral and music appreciation classes across grades 6-8.We realize, for many of you, this position is quite far away. However, for any of your recent graduates or alumni wishing to pursue a position in an appealing locale, our location is extremely inviting. Pelion is located approximately 30 minutes southwest of Columbia, our state capital in the middle of our state. We are 2 hours from the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Additionally, we are a day trip to the major metropolitan areas of Atlanta and Charlotte, as well as the historic cities of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA.Applicants should apply through Human Resources, via the following link:
Additionally, interested parties may email their resume to Mr. Jeff Matthews, Principal jamatthews@lexington1.net and Dr. David Stephenson, Choral Director at Pelion High School dstephenson@lexington1.net


Marin Country Day School Music Teacher Position

posted on April 18, 2017

August 2017
Reports to Division Head
Overview of School
Marin Country Day School is an independent, coeducational day school with an enrollment of 590 students in
grades K-8. We enroll children from both San Francisco and Marin County and actively seek diversity in our
administration, faculty and student body.

The school’s mission asks children to become strong learners and ethical human beings who are prepared and
motivated to make their world a better and healthier place. In addition to an engaging curriculum balancing
academics, arts and athletics, our current strategic initiatives focus on technology, environmental sustainability,
and community and global connections.

MCDS is particularly concerned with supporting its outstanding faculty and professional staff and places a strong
emphasis on professional development. Every employee helps create a learning community in which all seek to
improve as practitioners, learners and team members. Members of the faculty and professional staff are bright,
collaborative and passionate.

Classroom Responsibilities

  • Create a warm and caring classroom community
  • Teach music classes to students in kindergarten, first, and second grades
  • Direct plays and concerts
  • Co-direct the Third and Fourth Grade Chorus
  • Integrate technology as appropriate
  • Identify and respond to individual students’ social and emotional needs, including learning differences in
    collaboration with Homeroom Teacher, Learning Specialist and Counselor
  • Use a variety of teaching techniques to engage student’s learning
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of various learners
  • Plan, design, and implement assessment of student progress. Keep track of student work in an
    organized and timely manner
  • Create enrichment and extension opportunities
  • Work to create a supportive and inclusive environment and to develop respectful relationships with
    students by using conflict resolution and problem-solving techniques within the classroom
  • Communicate promptly with colleagues, specialists, tutors, therapists, administrators, and parents
    regarding students and classroom projects or issues, via email, telephone, and newsletters
  • Write progress reports
  • Manage classroom budget

Grade Level, Department, Division, and School-wide Responsibilities

  • Attend weekly team meetings: collaborate and share plans and materials with team
  • Work with teachers from other disciplines to plan transdisciplinary curriculum
  • Attend weekly department meetings: collaborate and share plans and materials with the department
  • Attend weekly Student Study Team meetings
  • Attend and participate actively in regular division and full faculty meetings
  • Attend and assist with assemblies and special events (Halloween, performances, Grandparents Day, etc.)
  • Participate in Admission work
  • Perform assigned duties (lunchroom, recess, carpool, etc.)
  • Pursue ongoing personal professional development opportunities and continue to develop technology skills

Job Requirements

  • A minimum of three years teaching experience
  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Music from a four year accredited college, Masters and/or credential
  • A strong background in Orff and Kodaly methodologies
  • Orff Level III certification
  • Strong piano and/or guitar skills for accompanying students
    • Experience playing and teaching diverse genres of music, including classical, jazz, folk, pop and world
  • Background in teaching creative movement and dance
  • Experience directing large-scale performances
  • Experience directing a children’s chorus
  • Strong collaboration skillsMCDS is an equal opportunity employer and promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the
    school community. Compensation is competitive.
    Web: www.mcds.org
    Email: employment@mcds.org
    Fax: 415.924.2224
    Postal: Search /K-2 Music Teacher
    Marin Country Day School
    5221 Paradise Drive
    Corte Madera, CA 94925

Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco Director Position

 posted on March 27, 2017

The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco (www.ywcp.org), Susan McMane, Artistic and Executive Director, seeks an experienced choral director for its new Vivo Chorus, a chorus for young women in grades 6-12, that prepares them for their own concerts and develops the skills needed to audition into YWCP’s premiere chorus, the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco (YWC).

The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco is quickly becoming recognized as a world-class choral organization for young women. Founded in 2012, with a single chorus of 33 young women, the organization now has over 100 singers ages 5-18 in five groups. The mission of YWCP is to transform the lives of young women through exceptional artistry in choral performance, and bring the expressive power of their music to the community, the nation, and the world. Through YWCP, participants of richly diverse socio-ethnic backgrounds find their voices as singers, artist and women in a nurturing environment that empowers them to artistic and personal excellence.

Now in its fifth season, the premier ensemble has won national awards and has received accolades in the press. In just five years, the Young Women’s Chorus has performed concerts in Italy, Germany, Canada, Boston, New York and Seattle. In 2016, it professionally recorded its first album, Rejoice! at Skywalker Sound Studio. In addition, YWC has collaborated with high-level Bay Area arts organizations such as Clerestory, the San Francisco Symphony, Kronos Quartet, Kitka, and Crosspulse.

Rehearsals for our choruses are held twice a week at First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin Street in San Francisco


  • In collaboration with other YWCP music faculty, develop goals and expectations for Vivo Chorus.
  • Choose repertoire yearly, mostly 3-4 part music in several languages and styles.
  • Conduct twice weekly rehearsals, Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:30 pm, and Sunday afternoons, 3:30-6pm.
  • Teach sightreading using solfege (moveable “do”)
  • Conduct Vivo Chorus at YWCP’s two Showcase concerts in December and early June.
  • Conduct Vivo Chorus in outreach concerts and bookings when scheduled (approximately 4 per year)
  • Attend directors’ meetings once a month on Sundays (1:15 – 2:45pm).
  • Conduct evaluations of each chorister, at the end of each semester, and send home written comments.


  • Love of children and helping them discover the joys of music
  • Experience teaching choral music, 5 years or more preferred
  • Excellent vocal technique for modeling and teaching healthy singing
  • Fluency in solfege (moveable do) and the ability to use it in teaching sightreading
  • Knowledge of treble vocal music in various styles, musical periods, and languages
  • Kodály music education training, preferred

Commensurate with experience, qualifications and YWCP policies.

Send a cover letter and resumé to info@ywcp.org. Please put Vivo Chorus in the subject of the email. Recordings or videos of performances, or observations of rehearsals may be required at a later date of top candidates.

Peninsula Girls Chorus Director Position

 posted on March 23, 2017

About the Peninsula Girls Chorus
The Peninsula Girls Chorus (PGC) is in our third decade of reaching singers across the San Francisco peninsula with our excellent program. We have 235 girls in six different chorus levels. Girls start singing with us as early as age 6 and move up through the levels as they mature and gain choral experience and expertise. Our six chorus levels are as follows:

  • Repertoire, ages 6-8
  • Allegra ages, 8-10
  • PGC Coastside, grades 4-6
  • Brava, ages 10-13
  • Concerta, ages 11-15
  • Ensemble, ages14-18

In addition to two major concerts every year, our girls perform throughout the community at retirement centers, company galas, tree lightings, professional and collegiate sporting events, and other events as they present themselves. Our performing groups, Concerta and Ensemble, participate in a choir tour every other year.

Besides all of the work and educational emphasis on performance practice and vocal technique, our girls have instruction in musicianship and music theory. All of our conductors have been trained in the Kodaly approach to music education (developed by Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly) and they have experience teaching in school music classrooms in addition to their work as choral conductors. Our conductors help our girls learn to read music at sight, and also to demonstrate their knowledge through written musicianship work by completing all five book levels in the series, “A Young Singer’s Journey: An Integrated Approach to Music Literacy”. For more information on the Kodaly approach, please visit the Organization of American Kodaly Educators website here: http://oake.org/aboutus/kodalyphilosophy.aspx

Our Mission
The mission of the Peninsula Girls Chorus is to engage the hearts and minds of girls from diverse backgrounds through a comprehensive experience in choral music.

Our Vision
Our vision is that girls will live life more deeply through their involvement and participation in choral music.

Peninsula Girls Chorus seeks Director
The Peninsula Girls Chorus, a 235-member distinguished and innovative choral program for young women, has opened a search for a choral director for its beginning-level choir, PGC Coastside, starting fall 2017. PGC Coastside rehearses in the picturesque town of Half Moon Bay, California. The PGC main office and rehearsal space is located in Burlingame, California.

PGC Coastside, our newest choir level is for beginning singers in grades 4-6. This choir level offers an introduction to the choral experience. Choristers learn vocal technique, choral practices and the basics of music literacy and sight-reading skills. Emphasis is placed on beautiful unison singing, beginning two-part work, and singing in Spanish, the home language of many of our singers, as well as other languages.

PGC Coastside meets at Alvin S. Hatch Elementary School, 490 Miramontes Ave., Half Moon Bay, Thursday afternoons 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., September – early June.

Essential Skills

  • A beautiful vocal model
  • Superior aural skills
  • Comprehensive choral experience including knowledge of vocal pedagogy, choral diction and articulation, and languages
  • Dynamic teacher who is able to engage and motivate singers to the highest standards of excellence
  • Demonstrates understanding of the musical score, its contemporary or historical context, and appropriate musical interpretation
  • Values and chooses music from diverse backgrounds, origins and traditions
  • Self-directed and organized. Able to choose music for each semester, create rehearsal schedules, track and record students’ musicianship progress and maintain student rosters and attendance records.
  • Works collegially with other PGC directors and the PGC office, particularly observing deadlines for performance materials and evaluations


  • Holds a B.A. or B.M in music, preferably with an emphasis in music education, choral music or vocal performance, or has documented equivalent experience.
  • Experience and training in implementing the Kodaly approach to music literacy. Kodaly certification preferred.

Job Parameters

  • Directors are required to be available 30 minutes prior and 10 minutes after the rehearsal period.
  • Directors are expected to work collegially with other PGC Directors and the PGC office, particularly observing deadlines for performance materials and for evaluations. Twice-yearly evaluations of student progress
  • Winter and Spring Concert performances
  • Occasional (1-2 per semester) meetings with other PGC Artistic Staff, to plan upcoming events.
  • An accompanist will be provided for all rehearsals and performances.
  • Most parent communication is handled by the PGC office and Artistic Director, however occasionally parents are referred to the director.

Pay range, commensurate with experience, is $4,000 – $5,500 for the season of September – June and is paid on a 10-month schedule. The two major concerts are included in compensation. Additional performances beyond the winter and spring concerts are paid at a rate of $200 each.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter articulating qualifications and resume to ksilva@peninsulagirlschorus.org. Video and/or audio clips of concerts conducted are welcome. Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2011.

Instrumental Music Teacher Position

 posted on March 7, 2017

Position Title: Instrumental Music Teacher – grades 4-8
Date Modified: March 2017
FLSA Classification: Exempt, 100% FTE, 10-month schedule of duties
Reports To: Principal of SHS P-8
Position Purpose: This is a full-time position teaching instrumental music primarily to upper elementary and middle school students in addition to staging and producing various music programs.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for teaching instrumental music to upper elementary and middle school students and directing the lower and the middle school bands.
  • Prepares course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts and other assignments for various music courses.
  • Supports and when requested, provides music in regular and special performances for school program, Masses and prayer services, community activities, concerts, and festivals.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Evaluates and grades students’ class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Compiles, administers, and grades examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Works with department head in regards to planning, evaluating, and revising curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.
  • Uses effective class management techniques to insure effective learning.
  • Maintains regularly scheduled office hours in order to advise and assist students.
  • Responsible for other faculty duties including advisory.


  • A clear commitment to the educational philosophy of the school as articulated in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools and professional behavior based in it. Commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Strong teaching ability; enjoy working with children and adolescents.
  • MA degree and 5 years of experience at lower/middle school level, or experience equal to it, required. Teaching credential and experience in an independent school and/or Catholic school strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and teach a curriculum in conjunction with the Fine Arts Department.
  • Recent successful experience in directing and producing instrumental music productions.
  • Ability and experience to oversee a department budget.
  • Strong experience with all aspects of production including but not limited to selecting appropriate material and inspiring budding talent.
  • Collaborative spirit and collegial nature to support a positive working relationship with other fine arts teachers, the Theater Technical Director and operations.
  • Ability to work well with students and colleagues; willingness to be an active, enthusiastic member of the SHS community.
  • Fluency in reading, writing and speaking in English.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, as well as outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Obvious passion for instrumental music.
  • Willingness to adapt to an existing curriculum as well as contribute ideas to enhance the respective academic programs.
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Works in a fast-paced environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
  • May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time. Work primarily in a traditional climate controlled classroom environment. Available and willing to attend and work some evenings/weekends.
  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 40 lbs. regularly travel safely and comfortably over a 63 acre campus

This position offers competitive compensation and health and welfare benefits subject to plan parameters, including medical, dental, vision, Life & LTD, 403(b) retirement plan and more. Pre‐employment background screening is required for all positions.

To Apply
To apply online send a resume and cover letter to hr@shschools.org and indicate Instrumental Music Teacher 2017-18 in the subject line of the e‐mail. We apologize that we are not able to respond to email or phone requests for additional information.
You may also mail your resume and cover letter to:
Sacred Heart Schools
150 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027
Attention Human Resources: Instrumental Music Teacher 2017-18

TK-6 General Music Teacher Position

 posted on February 12, 2017

zSharp makes music a part of every child’s education. We place high quality music teachers in Bay Area schools to provide comprehensive, in-school music education to thousands of children who would not otherwise be exposed to music in a formal setting.

We’re currently hiring Music Teachers for the 2017 – 2018 school year, primarily in Oakland and Richmond.
Applicants should possess a strong passion for bringing quality music education to diverse student populations. Music teachers will be embedded in one to two schools, teaching weekly music classes to grades ranging from TK-6. zSharp music teachers fully integrate into each of our partner schools and should be ready and able to serve as full members of each school’s learning community.  General Music Teachers do not need to have a teaching credential but should have some classroom experience and a passion for teaching!

Job Responsibilities:

  • Teach sequential weekly music classes (30 – 45 minutes)
  • Create standards-based lesson plans using zSharp benchmarks and resources
  • Collaborate monthly with Program Director and other zSharp staff on instructional practices, lesson planning, assessments, behavior management, etc.
  • Attend regular Professional Development sessions
  • Organize and present school-wide student performances (at least two concerts per year)

Required Qualifications:

  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for music education
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong classroom management and lesson planning skills
  • Knowledge of California and Common Core standards and ability to integrate into a curriculum
  • Experience in preparing students for concerts and performances
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Experience working with general music and choral classes
  • Ability to provide own transportation to site schools in Richmond and/or Oakland

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • California Credential
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English
  • At least 2 years of classroom teaching experience
  • Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom
  • Knowledge of Orff and Kodaly methods desirable, willingness to train for them as necessary
  • Knowledge of Responsive Classroom, restorative justice, and culturally responsive teaching practices

zSharp provides internal professional development, support, and training to all teachers through observations, coaching, and ongoing support. Our teachers have access to a community of fellow music educators as well as a vast resource library, scope and sequence, and curricular materials.

All teachers are W-2 employees. zSharp provides health insurance for full-time teachers, professional development stipends and performance bonuses, and a modest discretionary budget for purchasing additional instruments and supplies.

How to Apply:
Interested and highly qualified applicants should forward their resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Program Director, Sonya Harway – sharway (at) zsharp (dot) org.
Thank you for your interest!

Piano Teacher Posision

 posted on February 7, 2017

Castro Valley School of Music seeks classical piano instructors for contract work.  Specifically look for teachers who are MTAC members and can teach advanced students in the Certificate of Merit program.

Pay is between $33-$50 per hour depending on experience and level taught.

Flexible schedule, clean rooms, administrative staff on-hand so teachers can focus on teaching.

For more information or to submit your resume, contact Wannee Avery at (510)397-0721 or wannee@cvsom.com.

Assistant Music Teacher Position

 posted on January 12, 2017

St. Brigid School 
2250 Franklin St 
San Francisco, CA 94109

The Music Program at St. Brigid School is a comprehensive music program geared toward musical literacy. The curriculum uses the Kodaly Method in grades K through 2 and the Ward Method in grades 3 through 8. The curriculum is supplemented by instrumental study: recorder in grades 3 and 4, and handbells in grades 7 and 8. The goal is to have a musically literate student body by the year 2021. The St. Brigid School Honor Choir is an after-school program involving ¼ of the student body, directed by Dr. Christoph Tietze, Music Director at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

The Assistant Music Teacher assists the full-time Music Teacher in implementing the curriculum, prepares the students for the music of school Masses, and implements the instrument program. The Assistant Music Teacher will teach all day Friday (8 am to 3 pm), with the possibility of adding an additional day by mutual agreement.

A Bachelor degree in music or a related field is required, and experience is helpful. Knowledge or training in the Kodaly Method or Ward Method is highly desirable but not required. 

Salary between $30 and $45 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications. 

If interested, send resume and letter of intent to Sr. Angeles Marin, Principal, at the above address, or by email to srangeles_marin@yahoo.com or principal@stbrigidsf.org