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Applying for Position:
Hillbrook School,
Los Gatos, CA

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

Lower School Music Teacher

Hillbrook School is seeking a full-time lower school (Junior Kindergarten - 4th grade) music teacher to teach music classes and participate in grade-level activities that support the student experience.

A highly collaborative community, Hillbrook constituents use the following norms to guide our communication with each other:

  • Assume good will
  • Come from your own experience
  • Be more curious than certain
  • Hold yourself and others capable

Our commitment to these principles make it possible for us to partner meaningfully, disagree respectfully, and lean into conversations that are both challenging and generative.


  • Instruct students in JK - 4th grade, with age-appropriate strategies and activities, in music theory, rhythm, movement, harmony, and music appreciation
  • Design and produce an annual Spring Concert for students in 1st - 4th grade
  • Design and produce, in collaboration with the Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten teams, an annual JK/K Family Celebration in the spring
  • Implement the school’s social-emotional curriculum, which is based on Responsive Classroom
  • Design integrated, project-based experiences for the weekly Reach Beyond block in collaboration with colleagues
  • Provide hands-on, inquiry-based teaching; manage collaborative learning groups; integrate technology into the curriculum
  • Communicate and follow up on student progress, liaising with parents
  • Collaborate and co-teach with colleagues, including the Middle School music and drama teachers and Resident Teachers, with a focus on differentiated instruction
  • Actively participate in a faculty culture that is committed to being at the leading edge of K-8 education
  • Report to the Associate Head of School


  • A love of elementary-age school children
  • Master’s degree and three years teaching experience preferred in music or music education
  • Demonstrated skills as a musician
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning in a dynamic, 21st-century school community
  • Expertise and experience teaching the Orff-Schulwerk method preferred
  • Ability to work in a collegial, collaborative environment
  • A growth mindset, active sense of humor, warm personality, and excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency in educational technology

Salaries are competitive. Benefits include full medical, dental, vision coverage, student loan paydown, and a comprehensive listing of additional benefits; ample retirement planning with TIAA-CREF; a generous holiday schedule; access to and support with the latest state-of-the-art education technology; and a strong commitment to engaging and personalized professional development. Hillbrook School is an equal opportunity employer. Opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or handicap.

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