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Lower School Music Teacher

Redwood Day is a vibrant K-8 school where students, faculty, and staff all learn 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.

Lower School Music Teacher

Job Description and Desired Qualifications
The lower school 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). The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive musical background that includes performing and teaching and a lens towards cultural competence when it comes to developing curriculum content. This individual will have a strong commitment to meeting the learning needs of each student, a teaching style that supports differentiation of instruction, a collaborative spirit, and an interest in building community in and outside of the classroom. This position begins in August 2024.
This is a full-time, exempt position 
  • Instruct lower school music classes in a dedicated music classroom: each class (two per grade) twice and sometimes three times per 8-day cycle
  • Teach Redwood Day Chorus (after school) – Grades 4th-8th
  • Direct four concerts and Lower School Musical – Grades 4th-5th
  • Perform all other assigned school-related duties (e.g., recess supervision, meetings, etc.)
  • Additional teaching responsibilities may include an 8th grade Advanced Topics Music class or other Music based extracurricular classes (based on program needs, teacher strengths, and music passion)
  • Collaborate with the 6-8 music faculty
  • Maximum class size is 24 students
Essential Requirements:
  • Bachelor of Arts (in Music or comparable degree)
  • Three to five years K-5 classroom music teaching experience
  • Choral directing experience
  • Instrumental proficiency (piano, guitar, recorder)
  • Candidate must have effective 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 is desirable but not required
Pay Scale:
The anticipated salary range the school reasonably expects to pay candidates for the full-time position of Long-Term Substitute Science Teacher is $72,227 to $108,627, depending on factors such as experience and education.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and Redwood Day Application Form and submit it electronically by June 28, 2024, to, Attn: Johanna Aeschliman, Lower School Director.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Redwood Day is an equal-opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion (including religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, transitioned, transitioning or perceived to be transitioning), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy and breastfeeding, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, military and veteran status, and physical or mental disability, or any other consideration made unlawful 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 someone 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.

Limitations and Disclaimer

The listed 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.

Authorization Employment Status

As required by federal law, all offers of employment are contingent on verification of an applicant or employee’s authorization for lawful employment in the United States at the start of their employment. Please note, the School does not sponsor applicants for employment-related visas.
3245 Sheffield Ave
Oakland, CA 94602