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Lower School Music Teacher

August 16, 2021 - June 8, 2022

St. Mary’s Academy
Employment Posting for Faculty


Job Position: Lower School Music Teacher

St. Mary’s Academy Overview:

St. Mary’s Academy, located in Englewood, Colorado is Metro Denver’s premier Catholic, independent school offering rigorous academics in its co-ed lower and middle schools, and its high school for girls. St. Mary’s Academy offers a safe, yet innovative program that embraces all student backgrounds, and fosters character and moral development from Pre-Kindergarten to Graduation.

St. Mary’s Academy is a close community where faculty and staff serve as role models for the students in accordance with a mission to foster excellence in each child through academic achievement, spiritual development and service.  The qualities of a strong work ethic, desire for personal growth, and commitment to life-long learning that St. Mary’s Academy expects of students is likewise an expectation for faculty and staff.  Each day, too, is an opportunity to live the Loretto School Values of Faith, Community, Justice, and Respect.

St. Mary’s Academy is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff who are dedicated to their profession and to the well-being and life of the St. Mary’s Academy community.  St. Mary's Academy does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, sex, disability, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, sexual orientation or religion.  This policy applies to all areas of student concerns: educational policies, admission policies (historically high school admission is open to women only), scholarship, and grant-in-aid programs, athletic and other school-administered programs as well as employee/personnel concerns.  St. Mary's Academy is an equal opportunity employer. 

No job description could ever fully capture the dynamic nature of being a teacher at St. Mary’s Academy.  We offer this description as an overview of a teacher’s most basic responsibilities.

Job Description:

St. Mary’s Academy is seeking an engaging and dynamic teacher that is qualified to lead the General Music program.  This is a full-time position. Candidates should have experience in developing and implementing purposeful instruction that leads to musically literate students. Our music educators focus on the Colorado Music Standards of expression, creativity, theoretical comprehension and aesthetic evaluation as they encourage joyful participation. It is vital that candidates exhibit how they create and foster a love of music in students while teaching the fundamental skills of rhythm, notation, harmony, style and interpretation.  

By modeling the Loretto School Values of Faith, Community, Justice and Respect, we teach the social skills of listening, following directions, taking turns and supporting one another. By exhibiting excellence and discipline, we are confident that the children will develop the ability to: use solfeggio, read rhythmic and pitch notation, sing in tune, sing two-part music, listen attentively and critically to music, and appreciate varied musical styles from different cultures. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach general music to Pre-Kindergarten - 5th-grade students.

  • Create a positive classroom culture by incorporating a student-centered and inclusive pedagogy utilizing effective classroom management.

  • Be willing to collaborate with colleagues to develop cross-curricular learning experiences, and with performing arts staff in developing co-curricular or extra-curricular performances. 

  • Prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that will facilitate active learning within all levels of experience and age groups.

  • Teach music theory and history as developmentally appropriate for each age group.

  • Motivate pupils and encourage the progress of each individual student through written evaluation as well as daily authentic assessments.

  • Maintain care for school-owned facilities, music, musical instruments, and equipment.

  • Perform other supervisory duties as required of all Lower School teachers, such as recess, lunch, or morning/afternoon pick-up and/or drop-off.

  • Communicate effectively with St. Mary’s Academy staff, students, and parents.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in the field of Music Education or comparable experience in music and education

  • A desire to make a positive difference in the lives of children through music education

  • Technical and computer aptitude

Knowledge or skills in any of the following is a plus:

  • Music Together, First Steps in Music, Dalcroze, Orff, Suzuki, Kodaly or another appropriate elementary school-aged music curriculum

  • Efficiency in piano and/or guitar or ukulele accompaniment skills

  • Healthy singing pedagogy and/or choral experience

  • Conducting

  • Band methods

  • Orchestra methods

  • Hand Bell methods

  • Recorder karate curriculum

  • A music teaching approach that emphasizes play, dance, and exploration

  • Music technology, sound equipment set up, computer technology skills


The salary range for this full-time, exempt position is $43,000.00 - $68,000.00. St. Mary’s Academy provides excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and life insurance, retirement, paid time off, tuition remission, and opportunities for professional development.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and statement of educational philosophy to Karen Smith, Lower School Principal, at [email protected] No calls, please.