Walden Center and School is a leader in progressive elementary education and collective administration. Our school has a rich history of teaching creative minds and alternative thinkers over the last 60 years, with a strong commitment to a fully-integrated arts curriculum. All of our students have Spanish, Music, Drama, and Visual Art with specialists twice weekly. Here you’ll find child-centered education at its best. Our approach to teaching makes learning a multisensory, joyful, and lasting experience. We cultivate a diverse community of learners, families, and teachers to create a secure and textured learning environment. Walden students love to go to school. We are a school run by a collective. Decision making is consensus-based. We are a small school with big ideas and a big heart where children love to learn and teachers love to teach. If you have a vision of building a close-knit community, of working with kids, parents, and a small committed team of teachers, this may be the engaging, invigorating, satisfying job you are looking for.

Long-term Substitute Music Teacher Position

We are seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic music teacher who has experience with whole-child education encompassing academic, social, emotional, and physical development, and who loves teaching children. This position runs from February 18th through June 19th, 2020 with the possibility of returning August 2020 as a salaried teacher and collective member. 

Job Description:

This position is for teaching music to children grades K-6 in mixed grade classes. The Music teacher will develop and implement a supportive classroom culture and robust curriculum that makes learning music fun, that inspires children to create music that they feel proud of, and develop a love of music. Walden teachers practice flexibility, openness, and keen observation to fully engage students and support their joy of learning. We believe that this approach honors different learning styles and life experiences. We utilize a variety of assessment tools to inform our teaching, and do not administer formal tests or give grades. 

Responsibilities include:

● Create an engaging and age-appropriate, multi-sensory program.

● Communicate effectively about student learning and behavior with students’ other teachers.

● Attend and support assemblies.


-Bachelor’s or equivalent degree (Music education degree preferred)

– 2+ years experience teaching general music at the elementary level

-Ability to design an inspiring, child-centered, and developmentally appropriate music curriculum

-Ability and interest in teaching and developing an appreciation for music from a variety of cultural traditions

-Ability to create lessons that incorporate anti-bias approaches

-Ability to adapt instruction to meet the needs of students with diverse learning profiles

-Appreciation of developmental differences across age levels

-Experience with and enjoy working in a collaborative environment

-Ability to interact positively within a diverse community of students, parents, and teachers

-Strong classroom management skills

-Excellent Communication skills


-Elementary Teaching Credential

-Responsive Classroom training

-Some knowledge of Orff Schulwerk approach


This is an hourly position.  Teaching days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays, 9-3, included is 3 hours of paid prep time. Contact us for hourly rate.

Please send a resume and cover letter addressing your philosophy of education to MusicHiring@waldencenterschool.org and add “Music Hiring” to the subject line.