Music Teacher, Grades K-2

Marin Country Day School

MUSIC TEACHER, ELEMENTARY GRADES: K, 1, and 2

Full-Time, Starts August 2021

Reports to Lower School Division Head

Marin Country Day School seeks a gifted educator passionate about teaching music to our youngest elementary students (K-2) using a rich and rigorous curriculum. We seek an inspiring music educator with a demonstrated background and or interest in cultural competency, curriculum development, technology integration, and environmental sustainability. Also, we seek an educator with the belief in teaching with the interests of the whole child in mind. Our approach and philosophy center around collaboration, thoughtful innovation, team building, and leveraging diverse and multiple perspectives.  This staff must be prepared to teach both on campus and remotely, depending on county and state directives.

About Marin Country Day School

MCDS School is an independent, K-8, co-educational day school enrolling approximately 590 students from across the Bay area, drawing equally from San Francisco and Marin.

Our mission at MCDS is to create an inclusive community of learning that inspires curiosity, empathy, and action.

We actively seek diversity in our administration, faculty, and student body.  As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but is not limited to: age, family structure, gender, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, and learning style. As our Statement of Community and Inclusion indicates, “Ours is a Community that would be uncomfortable without diversity and, therefore, has been intentional about creating and nurturing a diverse group of adults and children who share the core values of respect, responsibility, and compassion.”

At MCDS, every employee is integral in creating a learning community in which all seek to improve as practitioners, learners and team members, and we support our outstanding faculty and professional staff through our strong professional development program.

Responsibilities

Teaches music classes to students in kindergarten, first, and second grades
Directs plays and performances
Directs the Third and Fourth Grade Chorus
Co-Directs Lower School Assemblies in collaboration with Lower School Division Heads
Creates a supportive and inclusive classroom environment that honors and nurtures each child’s individual identity
Develops warm and respectful relationships with students
Identifies and responds to individual students’ learning differences and creates enrichment opportunities
Collaborates with Student Support Services to meet the needs of individual learners
Participates in regular team meetings and weekly faculty meetings
Attends Back to School Nights
Supervises students at recess, carpool, etc.
Chaperones grade level or classroom field trips
Participates in assemblies and other special events
Serves on committees as needed
Participates in Admissions Day, other admissions events and student admissions process
Requirements

A minimum of three years teaching experience
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Music from a four-year accredited college, Masters and/or credential preferred
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 and inclusive genres of music, including classical, jazz, folk, pop and world music
Background in teaching creative movement and dance
Experience directing large-scale performances
Experience directing a children’s chorus
Strong ability to work collaboratively
Commitment to professional growth, reflective practice, and demonstrating a growth mindset
Opportunities

Robust professional development program
Faculty and Staff of Color Affinity Group called Fusion
Active SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) group
Active White Anti-racist group
Ability to design an innovative curriculum in collaboration with colleagues
Strong and supportive professional community with a growth mindset
MCDS is an equal opportunity employer and promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. Compensation is competitive.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and statement of educational philosophy to employment@mcds.org.