neighborhood choir music teacher

Status: Non-exempt, hourly
Reports to: Program Director

Job Description

Neighborhood Choir is a community outreach program committed to providing quality music education to San Diego County schools and community organizations.

Neighborhood Choir Music Teachers teach between 15 and 30 children in grades K–6 at school and community locations in once-weekly, one-hour music classes culminating in an end-of-semester informal performance. Children are grouped into choir classes by age ranges of three consecutive grades or less (i.e. grades 1–3, 4–6, etc.).

Music Teachers educate and inspire children, teaching songs that instill the joy of singing while also addressing basic theory techniques (beat vs. rhythm, dynamics, etc.), basic solfege and rhythm-reading skills, proper vocal technique, and performance etiquette. Lessons should be playful and child-centered. Music Teachers select repertoire (in collaboration with Program Director) and communicate with parents and schools in planning and organizing local performances, when needed.

A piano accompanist is provided for performances and select rehearsals.

Depending on availability, Music Teachers may teach 1–4 Neighborhood Choir programs weekly. Most choirs rehearse after school, and schedules and days of week are varied.

Interested applicants should have a bachelor's degree in music education and experience teaching general and/or choral music to elementary-aged children, or comparable experience. Applicants must exhibit strong and engaging classroom management skills. Additional endorsements in Kodály and/or Orff are preferred. Spanish-speaking ability is a plus. 

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree in music education
  2. Experience teaching music to elementary-aged children in general music or choir setting
  3. Comfort using solfege and Curwen/Glover hand-signs as rehearsal tools

Application Procedure

Please send an email with the subject name of the position for which you are applying, including a cover letter and CV with three references, to Michele Tondreau at mtondreau@sdcchoir.org. Links to video of teaching and/or performances may be included, if available.