Lower School Music Teacher (temporary leave replacement)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-646502
    • Job Location: Hopkins, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Temporary
    • Date Updated: August 27, 2018
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: November 30, 2018
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Job Description:

The Blake School seeks to hire a Lower School music teacher (temporary leave replacement) at the Hopkins campus, beginning November 30, 2018. The Lower School music teacher works in collaboration with faculty and administrators to implement a creative general music curriculum, direct the fifth-grade choir, and provide musical direction for theatrical productions. Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes a community strong and empowers students to engage across differences.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on September 12, 2018.

Experience and Skills:

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements a creative general music curriculum for Lower School students grade K-5
  • Directs fifth-grade choir in rehearsals and performances
  • Provides musical direction and support for grade-level theatrical productions
  • Coordinates and directs students’ musical participation in regular assemblies, programs, and special events


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Respect for children and their potential
  • B.A. Degree in music/music education
  • Experience and education in Orff Schulwerk and/or Kodaly approaches to music education
  • Demonstrated success teaching music with children ages 5-10
  • Creative, joyful approach to learning and teaching; a playful nature
  • Ability to work with children, parents and colleagues from diverse backgrounds, abilities, interests and experiences
  • Enduring passion for learning and professional growth
  • Collaborative working style
  • Flexibility, confidence and a sense of humor
  • Strong organizational skills; resourceful planner
  • Knowledge of and experience with high-potential students
  • Knowledge of children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical developmental stages
  • Effective classroom management skills
  • Constructivist educational philosophy with expertise in process-oriented learning and teaching
  • Proven ability to effectively monitor and adjust priorities to meet students’ needs
  • Up-to-date, working knowledge of technology appropriate to music classrooms
  • Desire to work in a PK-12 dynamic learning community

The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school enrolling 1,368 bright, talented students from nearly 56 Twin Cities-area communities. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of three campuses (Minneapolis, Hopkins and Wayzata) each with its own facilities designed for specific ages, schedules and activities. The mission of the school is to provide students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values.

The Blake School believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities. Diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and marital, parental or economic status forms the fabric of our society. As a result of these beliefs, The Blake School actively seeks students, families and employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. In doing so, we recognize our responsibility to help make each person's experience a success. EOE