Choir & Orchestra Teacher, 2021-2022

Curtis is seeking a part-time Choir and Orchestra Teacher to join a supportive, inclusive, and professional learning community as a member of the Upper Elementary Division. Curtis School is a DK-6 co-ed elementary school whose mission is to “develop, in every child, a sound mind in a sound body, governed by a compassionate heart.”
We place an equal emphasis on academic, physical, social-emotional, and character education and instill a growth mindset modeled by faculty and staff who are the best in their craft. The Choir and Orchestra Teacher is responsible for leading the Curtis Choir and Instrumental Music program in collaboration with the Performing Arts faculty. The teacher must plan, implement, and assess a progressive curriculum with differentiated instruction according to the skills of the singers and instrumentalists. Rather than focusing only on performances, the Choir and Orchestra Teacher will take time to teach musical concepts and impart general knowledge and specific technical skills. The candidate must have excellent time-management, organizational, and communication skills, and be collaborative with team members and dynamic and adaptable to shifting work conditions. A collegial personality and responsiveness to direction are essential traits, as is a love of working with elementary school-aged children.
Curtis School is fully committed to a diverse faculty and student body. The candidate should possess an abundance of respect and sensitivity around racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and all differences.
Duties and Responsibilities
Include, but are not limited to:
  • Developing a progressive instrumental instruction curriculum, tailored to fit the various skill levels of the students and grow their technical knowledge and musical expression, in accordance with national standards
  • Leading before-school rehearsals for the Choir and Orchestra, from 7:30am to 8:10am
  • Creating and recruiting beginning instrumental classes as feeder groups to more advanced ensembles
  • Instructing students one-on-one to provide individual coaching
  • Collaborating with Performing Arts faculty to organize, prepare for, and lead concerts to take place in the fall, winter, and spring
  • Organizing, preparing for, and leading a student field trip at the Forum Music Festival, culminating with a half-day celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm in the spring
  • Communicating with Choir and Orchestra families and maintaining a page on the Curtis CougarNet site
  • Contributing positively to the school community
  • Conducting self-evaluations and meeting regularly with Supervisor, Director of Grades 3-5
A successful candidate will have:
  • Experience teaching elementary-aged students
  • Experience with both choral and instrumental music
  • Intermediate knowledge, at minimum, of various instruments in the traditional school band and string orchestra, and the skills and techniques used to play them
  • Experience singing in a choral setting and the ability to demonstrate vocal techniques
  • Experience working with young children on choral and instrumental techniques
  • Experience conducting large and small vocal and instrumental ensembles and working with both vocal and instrumental soloists
  • Skills necessary to create and compose original musical arrangements and to modify existing compositions to match the talents of young voices and instrumentalists in both preparatory and more advanced ensembles
  • Familiarity working with music writing and recording software such as Finale and GarageBand
  • Strong classroom management, organization, and communication skills
  • Understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education

Non-Discrimination Policy:
Curtis School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, veteran or marital status, or any other legally protected status in its employment practices.
Application Procedures:
To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter, with the subject line of “Choir and Orchestra Teacher Applicant” to:

Curtis School

15871 Mulholland Drive  ·  Los Angeles CA 90049