Lower School Music Teacher

Mounds Park Academy
2051 Larpenteur Avenue East, St. Paul, MN 55109
Competitive based on experience
Posted On:
February 15, 2023


Mounds Park Academy is a PreK-12 independent school in Saint Paul, MN that serves approximately 575 students from throughout the Twin Cities area. Since 1982, Mounds Park Academy has engaged students in a rigorous college preparatory experience that is demanding, but not draining, and goes far beyond memorization. Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world. This is what we call rigor with purpose, and it grounds our students in the radical idea that their identity in the world is not measured by a test score, but rather by the depth and decency of their impact on the world. MPA is committed to embracing diversity, seeking equity, and continually striving to be truly inclusive. As a community, MPA is focused on fostering a safe and inclusive space for all, aspiring to be cognizant of gender-identity and equality, religious understanding, socio-economic diversity, and racial justice. Mounds Park Academy is grounded in the belief that music is basic to the human experience and an integral part of a complete education. All students, regardless of ability, should have an opportunity to joyfully participate in music and develop their individual talents. The ultimate goal of the Mounds Park Academy Music Department is to cultivate within our students a lifelong appreciation and commitment to music. The Lower School music teacher will be a full-time member of the Lower School faculty and reports to the Lower School Director. The teacher will work closely and collaboratively with homeroom teachers and other content area specialists. Job Responsibilities • Design and implement joyful age-appropriate music lessons for PreK-4 classes • Implement a culturally responsive pedagogy • Plan and present developmentally appropriate performances for students, MPA families, and other community members. • Collaborate with other Lower School teachers. • Partner with vocal music teachers in Middle and Upper Schools and members of the Fine Arts Department. • Lead Lower School assemblies (Monday Morning Meeting and CHAMP.)


Minimum Qualifications • B.A. in music, music education, or Master’s in Music Education • 3-5 years of experience teaching music with children in grades PreK-4 • Accumulated knowledge with developmentally appropriate musical materials, songs, and dancing from diverse musical styles of the United States and world cultures • Proficient singing, competent piano playing, moving/dancing with children, playing the recorder, string instruments (e.g., guitar, ukulele, or autoharp), and wide variety of percussion instruments. • Experience working with PK children Preferred Qualifications • 6-10 years of experience teaching music in grades PreK-4 • Early Childhood Music qualifications, for example Musikgarten, Kindermusik, or equivalent • Certification in at least one level of the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education • Certification in World Music Drumming • Knowledge and experience with current pedagogies such as Kodaly or Dalcroze Eurhythmics. • Independent school teaching experience

How to Apply

Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply as Mounds Park Academy is dedicated to better reflecting our student body and the Twin Cities area through this addition to our exceptional faculty and staff. Information about our school can be found at www.moundsparkacademy.org. Submit a professional resume and three professional references by clicking HERE Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until a successful candidate is selected. Mounds Park Academy is an equal-opportunity employer.