Upper School Music Teacher (Instrumental or Choral)

Instructional Richmond, California



Job Description

Title: Music Teacher (Instrumental or Choral)

Division: Upper School

Location: Richmond, CA

Reports To: Assistant Principal

Status:Full-time, Exempt, CalSTRS (Year-Round)


Position Summary


The role of the Upper School Music Teacher is to design courses that promote an appreciation of music and music exploration, as well as ones that teach students introductory skills in instrumental music (e.g., band, orchestra, instrumental ensemble) and/ or choral to secondary pupils.


Teachers at MWA are expected to collaborate across disciplines to assess student work, design curriculum, and improve their personal practice.  Teachers are expected to actively engage and participate in culture building in the classroom, as well as outside the classroom with parents/guardians. Teachers are to be present with students in the classroom, during lunch, and in the hallway while upholding norms and expectations. In addition, Teachers are expected to invest and engage in the work of developing a results-oriented, collegial and productive team-oriented approach to the work.


Primary Responsibilities



        Design and revise authentic, culturally relevant, standards-based lesson plans for high school students that teaches skills in music appreciation, harmony, and explorations in music, and in instrumental music (e.g., band, orchestra, instrumental ensemble) or choral (chorus) to secondary pupils.

        Create effective, best practice and MWA compliant unit and lesson plans aligned with Common Core and California State curricular standards; these lesson plans and unit plans are differentiated and designed to engage and challenge students

        Execute a formalized student management plan that is aligned with the MWA student management system

        Create and revise culturally relevant, standards-based lesson plans for high school students, integrating literacy and writing instruction during instruction

        Differentiate instruction according to varied learning styles, including child cognitive and social development



        Manage a formalized student and parent engagement plan that details engaging students and parents, as well as provides metrics to measure growth and development, socially and academically, on a quarterly basis

        Design a wide range of performance assessments aligned with lesson plans, instruction, unit objectives, MWA pacing guides and California state standards



Additional Responsibilities and Expectations


Mission Alignment

        Communicate with, teach and build relationships with staff, faculty, students, and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community

        Commitment to become an active participant in the school community – attend weekly division-specific professional development sessions, school performances, school assemblies, extracurricular activities, field trips and conduct home visits, if needed



        In addition to the core class, instruct students with foundational coursework in an alternate class setting (“Marlin Hour”) and advise a group of students (“Advisory”)—responsibilities include: 1-1 check-ins, advisory family conferences, SAT/ACT preparation lessons, community circles and post-secondary plan support, as needed

        Perform additional duties as assigned


Work Environment

This job operates in a classroom environment. This role routinely uses standard classroom equipment such as art-related supplies, laptop computers, photocopiers, whiteboards, and Chromebooks.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to frequently walk across the middle and upper school campus, participate in campus supervision duty twice per week, lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary, and sit for long periods of time.



Some travel required for MWA related events, such as workshops or conferences.





        Teaching experience is desirable, but related work experience may be considered

        Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities

        Teachers looking to work in a team-first setting where colleagues hold one another accountable and support one another to be at their best in lesson preparation and instruction. 


        Highly effective communication skills

        Strong organization skills and attention to detail



        Bachelor’s Degree required in equivalent field of study

        California Music Single Subject Teaching Credential required (or Multiple Subjects Credential with an Authorization in Music)

        College GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred

        Passing score on CBEST and CSET required
CTC Fingerprint/Certificate of Clearance (COC) required.

Click here for more information: https://tinyurl.com/CACertificateOfClearance




        Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required


Equal Employment Opportunity Is Our Policy

The School is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the School to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their perceived or identified: race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and hairstyle, including but not limited to braids, locks, and twists); color; gender, (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity, whether or not the employee is transitioning or has transitioned); sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to such); religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices); marital/registered domestic partner status; age (forty (40) and over); national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the U.S. is authorized by federal law); physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS); medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics); taking of a leave of absence pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”) law, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), or laws related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking laws; genetic information; sexual orientation; military and veteran status; or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy extends to all job applicants and employees and to all aspects of the employment relationship, including the hiring of new employees and the training, transfer, promotion, discipline, termination, compensation and benefits of existing employees. For a full copy of our non-discrimination policy, visit: https://bit.ly/mwapublicnotices