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Applying for Position:
Catlin Gabel School,
Portland, OR

This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.

Catlin Gabel believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school’s success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

POSITION SUMMARY:The Music Teacher teaches music to 1st through 5th grade students.


Implement a music program for 1st through 5th grade, including singing, playing Orff and percussion instruments, and instruction in basic musical concepts appropriate to the grade and developmental level of the students

Build musicianship with every learner through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama

Prepare performance opportunities

Collaborate with homeroom teachers to coordinate learning experiences

Foster a classroom environment where students feel comfortable to take risks, make mistakes, and be curious

Work in partnership with students and their families

Practice thoughtful, respectful, and effective classroom management techniques which support active learning and promote responsibility, self-management, and positive relationships

Maintain frequent contact with families including newsletter articles, Seesaw journals, emails, meetings, and informal conversations

Write progress reports and participate in parent/teacher conferences.

Attend all faculty and community meetings

Supervise students during recess and other non-class times

Participate fully in the life of the school


The music classroom is located in separate space from the main Lower School building and is well-supplied with materials and instruments. The music teacher is expected to be on campus from 8am-4pm each school day and to attend other functions as designated. Teachers are expected to travel to retreats, conferences and workshops as well as accompany students on various experiential activities and overnight field trips throughout the year. There are some mandatory evening and weekend commitments.


The music teacher has daily contact with children, parents, teachers, and administrators. Some interactions include confidential information.


Bachelor’s Degree (in Education or Music)

3 Years of Elementary Music teaching experience

Piano proficiency

Orff Training


Masters Degree (in Education or Music)


Understanding of progressive education philosophy and ability to put it into practice

Ability to create and implement an elementary music program using a progressive and constructivist pedagogy

Committed to co-creating music and performance with students

Effective classroom management skills

Culturally responsive teaching practices

Ability to create positive, professional relationships with students, parents, caregivers, and colleagues

Familiarity with the NAfME music education standards

Ability to work as a team member: The ability to problem-solve, compromise, collaborate, be flexible, and take direction when necessary.

Computer Skills: Proficient with Word, Outlook, and Google Drive


Mobility sufficient to move about the campus on uneven terrain and assure the safety of children

Ability to communicate with children, colleagues, and families

The ability to occasionally lift 30-50 pounds and to accomplish frequent bending, squatting, stooping and kneeling

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