Early Childhood Music Teacher Needed – McLean, VA

Posted on 06.03.2020 by Darden

The ideal candidate is an experienced early childhood music teacher with educational vision, a
natural ability to engage and support young learners, choral teaching ability, instrumental
experience, proven classroom management skills, strong interpersonal relations skills,
dedicated to social-emotional learning and positive discipline practices, and a willingness to
work collaboratively with faculty and families. Experience with integrating an outdoor
classroom approach into the curriculum is a plus. Prior teaching experience in a NAEYC
accredited program is valuable.

Duties include planning and implementing singing, dancing, playing instruments and music
literacy to students ages two through kindergarten in a child-centered, developmentally
appropriate approach with as much active music-making as possible. The music teacher will
provide a music curriculum in the homeroom classes while managing the classroom effectively
with compassion, high energy, attention to detail, and problem-solving strategies. The teacher
will develop an engaging environment that encourages children’s ideas, initiatives, and

Requirements for the job include a minimum of a degree in Early Childhood Education, Child
Development, Music or related fields and experience teaching in Early Childhood and/or
Elementary grades. Transcripts and diploma/s need to be made available upon hiring.
The Country Day School is a NAEYC accredited independent school which offers
developmentally appropriate educational programs and summer camp for up to 275 young
children from 2 through 6 years old. The campus, with two historic education buildings, is
located on four wooded acres with nine playgrounds, a butterfly garden, nature trail, a nature
room, art studio, and a library in McLean, VA.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Credentials will be reviewed as they
are received. Email letter of interest, resume, salary requirements and names and contact
information for three references to be contacted to Diane Dunne, ddunne@countryday.org.


• Create an optimal learning environment for the study of music in the regular classroom
• Move from classroom to classroom with ease, carrying light to moderate (5-15 pounds)
of instruments
• Demonstrate movements (jump, dance, walk, etc.) while teaching music to students
• Create, display, and turn in monthly lesson plans
• Participate in school events and prepare students to participate in the same, such as
school-wide sing-alongs, kindergarten musical field trip, and end of year celebrations

Additional Qualifications:
• Commitment to respecting the needs of each child
• Ensuring the safety and well-being of each student by creating a safe and engaging
• Develop and maintain genuine, positive, and consistent verbal and electronic
communication with colleagues and administrators
• Observes all rules and regulation of Country Day School
• Perform other duties as needed or assigned
• Proficient computer skills: Microsoft Word, school database systems, and email

Physical Skills:
• Walk from classroom to classroom with ease, in a timely manner, and carrying 5-15
pounds (light to moderate weight) of musical instruments
• Navigate uneven terrain on the playgrounds
• Must be able to stoop, bend, kneel, stand, and interact with the children (2-6 years of age)
at their level
• Assume postures in low level positions that best allow physical and visual contact with
• Must possess acceptable hearing and visual capabilities in order to monitor environment
and children’s well-being
• Must be able to sustain a high level of energy
• Ability to sit, stand, bend, reach, and walk while being actively engaged with students in
the classroom
• Bend to perform various tasks numerous times throughout the day
• Must be able to move from a seated position to a standing position promptly to respond to
emergency situations
• Must be able to assist with emergency evacuations and exit strategies including, but not
limited to, lifting and carrying children quickly