St. Matthew’s Parish School, Pacific Palisades

Early Childhood through 4th grade Music Teacher

St. Matthew’s, an independent Episcopal day school for students in Preschool through Grade 8, is accepting applications for an Early Childhood through Fourth Grade music teacher. The school provides a challenging academic program and places a strong emphasis on building character and empathy as well as a focus on service learning. At. St. Matthew’s, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion and are seeking candidates for whom these are shared values. To learn more about St. Matthew’s Parish School please view our website: .

The ideal candidate would be an important member of a dedicated team of educators who collaborate in developing the Lower Division Music curriculum while fostering a love for music to students in Preschool through Fourth Grade. The Music Teacher should enjoy collaborating with colleagues and engaging in the entire Lower Division Music program. In addition, the Music Teacher supports the Middle School’s Spring musical.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and foster a love of music in students while teaching the fundamental skills of music.
  • Be willing to collaborate with colleagues to develop cross-curricular learning experiences.
  • Develop a curriculum that reflects the School’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Work with the School Chaplain to plan and assist at Early Childhood and Lower School Chapels, and help with the planning for liturgical services including K-8 Eucharists.
  • Plan, organize, and provide music performances in the Lower Division.
  • Be able to cantor/lead the singing at K-8, Early Childhood, and Lower School Chapels.
  • Communicate with families about student progress.
  • Create and implement virtual and digital performances as needed.
  • Perform other supervisory duties as required of all Lower School teachers: such as recess, lunch, or morning/afternoon supervision.
  • Communicate with parents, colleagues, and the Principal regarding students’ behaviors, academic concerns, and academic progress.
  • Have effective classroom management skills.
  • Prepare the Lower School students for participation in the Graduation ceremony and liaise with the Middle School Music Teacher to lead the music portion of the ceremony.
  • Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and the community.
  • Additional responsibilities and duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Master’s Degree in Music Education preferred
  • A Multiple or Clear California Teaching Credential
  • Classroom teaching experience, preferably in teaching General Music to elementary school students.
  • Keyboards skills sufficient to accompany student performances.
  • Vocal skills and vocal pedagogy knowledge to lead Lower School Chorus
  • Experience with technology, specifically iPads, Macs, SMART Technologies, and Finale.
  • Strong organization and time-management skills.
  • Strong desire to be part of a collaborative team.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills.

WORK ENVIRONMENT – The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The campus is located on over 28 acres and there are often meetings and events at different locations. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT – St. Matthew’s Parish School is an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, it is the School’s policy and practice to recruit, hire, train and promote employees without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, gender, gender identify, physical or mental disability, medical condition, age or other protected classifications.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT – This is an exempt position. Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes, but not limited to medical, life, dental insurance, and retirement plan. All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.