Lower School Music Teacher

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-837826
    • Job Location: Hopkins, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 22, 2022
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: August 16, 2023
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Job Description:

The Blake School seeks to hire a Lower School Music Teacher beginning in fall 2023. This is a benefits-eligible, 0.8 FTE position. Working in collaboration with faculty and administrators to implement a creative general music curriculum, the person in this role will teach primarily in the Early Learning Center (grades PK-1), with some classes in Upper Elementary (grades 2-5). In addition to providing musical direction and support for grade-level theatrical productions, the Lower School Music Teacher will coordinate and direct students’ musical participation in regular assemblies, programs and special events.

Strong candidates will demonstrate a creative, joyful approach to learning and teaching and dedication to continual professional learning and growth. In addition, we seek candidates who bring: 

  • Deep respect for children and their potential
  • Collaborative working style
  • Flexibility, confidence and a sense of humor
  • Strong organizational skills; resourceful plann ing
  • Knowledge of children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical developmental stages
  • Effective classroom management skills
  • Reggio-inspired educational philosophy with expertise in process-oriented learning and teaching
  • Ability to integrate technology into teaching and learning 

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. Blake offers highly competitive salary and benefits packages, as well as significant support for local and national professional development opportunities.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Jan. 2. Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.

Experience and Skills

  • B.A. in music or music education 
  • Demonstrated experience teaching music with children ages 5-10
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate musical materials from diverse musical styles and cultures
  • Experience with the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education
  • Capable of accompanying students on the guitar and/or piano

Experience and Skills:

The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school enrolling 1,350 bright, talented students from nearly 56 Twin Cities-area communities. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of facilities and campuses designed for specific developmental ages. Blake’s mission is to engage students with a dynamic, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to pluralism and a common set of values. Students pursue an integrated program of academic, artistic and athletic activities, preparing for college, lifelong learning and purposeful lives as community and global citizens. The school community is also guided by its Commitment to Pluralism and core 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