Panama – Buena Vista Union School District


Music Teacher as part of the music department teaching band, orchestra, chorus and/or general music in elementary or junior high grades and assisting in other after school programs as assigned.


  1. Teaches skills in music appreciation, harmony, and explorations in music and in instrumental music (band, orchestra, instrumental ensemble) and/or choral music (chorus, choir, choral ensemble) to pupils. Utilizes courses of study adopted by the Board of Education and other appropriate learning activities.
  2. Instructs pupils in citizenship, basic communication skills, and general subject matter specified in state law and administrative regulations and procedures of the school district.
  3. Plans a balanced music program, and organizes daily class time so that preparation, rehearsal and instruction can be accomplished within the allotted time.
  4. Provides individual and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil.
  5. Utilizes repertoire of all types of music literature, including traditional and contemporary, that are appropriate for the ages and skill levels of pupils.
  6. Controls the storage and use of school-owned property; makes minor adjustments and requests repairs to instruments as required.
  7. Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior to provide an orderly, productive environment during practice, group rehearsals, and music performances.
  8. Evaluates each pupil’s musical growth and performance, assessing each individual’s contribution to the performance of the group.
  9. Plans, rehearses, and directs pupils in musical programs for school and community.
  10. Applies knowledge of national, state, and district procedures, and limitations set on performances.
  11. Selects and requisitions books, musical instruments, and instructional aides; maintains required inventory and music library records to prevent loss or damage to equipment.
  12. Communicates with parents and school counselors on pupil progress.
  13. Identifies pupil needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in helping pupils solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
  14. Cooperates with school administration in providing musical programs for school productions, graduation ceremonies, and/or civic functions.
  15. Supervises pupils in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned work day.
  16. Participates in curriculum and other developmental programs.
  17. Participates in faculty committees and sponsorship of student activities.
  18. Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the district, and/or in self-selected professional growth activities.
  19. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Salary according to teacher’s placement on the Certificated Salary Schedule. Placement on the schedule is dependent upon qualifications/previous experience. Prepaid family dental, medical, and vision insurance plans; life insurance plan for employees only.

Established in 1875, the original district housed a mere 11 students in makeshift lean-to structures at various locations. Today, the student population numbers over 18,000, and pupils from Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade receive instruction in the most modern of facilities.

The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District takes pride in its motto, “Excellence in Education.” The district employs a staff of dedicated, energetic, and highly qualified teachers who respect and enjoy working with students.

Bakersfield is ideally located in the southern portion of central California. To the south is Los Angeles, a two-hour drive over a scenic mountain highway known as “The Grapevine.” Three hundred miles to the north is the “Golden Gate City,” San Francisco. Morro Bay and the beautiful Pacific coastline are a short two and one-half hour drive to the west. Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks are also within driving distance. The popular Lake Isabella recreational area is less than an hour’s drive through the majestic Kern River Canyon. Just about every imaginable outdoor sport or recreational activity is available year round.

The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District is proud of its well-defined heritage which strongly correlates student assessment with classroom instruction.  The state adopted district curriculum is implemented by highly qualified teachers who receive professional development designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and attitudes to improve student achievement. Our mission is to provide quality learning opportunities for every student by supporting teachers through mentoring and high quality appropriate professional development. Curriculum specialists, principals, and categorical program specialists facilitate in-depth, structured and consistent support to all our teachers as they provide standards based instruction to educate our changing student population.

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