Experience: 1-2 years teaching experience
5+ years proven experience singing in sacred music choirs
1-2 years experience in choral conducting
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Music, Music Education, Vocal Performance or related field

General Description:

Seeking a skilled and enthusiastic music teacher for a TK-12th grade Classical school in San Marcos, CA. Music is an important part of a classical curriculum. It is a pillar of the Quadrivium, thus it teaches students to find order and Beauty in the universe.

The candidate must be well versed in knowledge of early childhood music education, effective vocal pedagogy and understanding of singing kinesiology. They must have excellent knowledge of Catholic sacred music and Gregorian Chant. They must also possess a working knowledge of magisterial teaching on sacred music and its role in the sacred liturgy. An understanding of the Ward Method (or a comparable method) is a necessity. All music is sung a cappella.


General music: grades TK-5
Grades TK-5th have a general music education. Expertise in early childhood music education and development is important. Familiarity with the Fierebend method is a plus.
Grades TK-2nd practice music skills using fun and playful techniques to introduce them to musical concepts.
Grades 3-5 begin to expand their music knowledge with solfege, music theory, vocal exploration, the orchestra and various orchestral works, singing and connecting their history lessons with music. Using the classical model, the candidate must have the ability to bridge music with history and include lessons in social dancing, work songs, cultural and folk songs. (Ex: When 5th grade is learning about the American Revolution, music lessons can include “How fife and drum music played a role on the American Revolution battlefields. If the 4th grade is learning about the Gold Rush, songs from the Gold Rush era where they learn about the messages they were bringing to folks in the East, and also folk dances from the time period, etc)
Gregorian Chant is introduced to students in the 4th grade.

Middle School Choir: grades 6-8
Grade 6-8 students are all required to take choir where they learn the fundamentals of choral singing. They continue their studies in solfege and music theory. They learn sacred hymns, Gregorian Chant and polyphony.

High School Choir: grades 9-12
The High School Choral Ensemble is a high school elective. The choir prepares pieces to sing for weekly school Mass, as well as various school activities throughout the year. They continue their study of Gregorian Chant, polyphony and sacred hymns.

High School Sacred Music Appreciation Class
All high school students are required to take a Sacred Music Appreciation class. The class is designed to teach students the rich history of our Catholic Sacred Music traditions.

Choral Performances/Masses
There are several performances and Masses that students will sing for throughout the year. The music teacher is expected to prepare the students and help orchestrate the performances and Mass.
Weekly school Mass (HS choir)
Back to School Picnic Mass (HS choir)
Veterans Day Performance (MS and HS choirs)
Light and Life Fundraiser (MS and HS choirs)
Christmas Pageant (All Grades)
Grandparents Day Performance (MS and HS choirs)
Saint Joseph Feast Day Mass and Procession (HS choir)
May Crowning Mass (HS choir)
Spring Concert (MS and HS choirs)
First Holy Communion Mass (HS choir)
Baccalaureate Mass (MS and HS choir)

To apply for this job email your details to bdelatorre@saintjosephacademy.org

About Saint Joseph Academy

St. Joseph Academy was established in response to the Second Vatican Council's call for greater lay witness in contemporary society. Teaching in accordance with the Magisterium of the Church, our mission is to form young men and women who, committed to live by Catholic principles, will transform and advance human culture. We aim to accomplish this by offering a traditional learning environment that blends faith and reason in educating the whole child.

Man was created by God in His image and likeness and therefore is destined for Him who is infinite perfection. In the spirit of the Divine Master, amidst a world of material possession, the mission of St. Joseph Academy is to prepare the child for what he must be and for what he must do here on earth, in order to gain the sublime end for which he was created. Our duty is to take great care in the Christian education of the youth.