Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3123075 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: June 18, 2019 Starting Date: August 26, 2019

Job Description
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

40 Percussion Specialist

Job Goal:
As Music Educators, it is our mission to inspire and guide every student in active music making through the use of a sequential and creative curriculum that nurtures the human spirit and promotes cultural understanding.

The Somerville Public Schools Music Department is currently seeking a part-time percussion instructor to teach all elements of percussion (snare, bass, mallet, hand-drums) and direct student ensembles in grades five through eight. The position encompasses instruction at three elementary schools.

The instructor is tasked with inspiring, exposing and guiding students to fully participate in active music making through instrumental music. The qualified candidate will be tasked with preparing students and partnering with faculty, administration and community members in providing a vibrant and rigorous atmosphere where all students can be musically literate and expressive. The instructor will be a motivating force in his/her student’s lives and teach social and emotional elements through the instruction, assessment and performance of music.

• Planning, implementation, and assessment of instruction (aligned to Somerville’s Learning Objectives and Curriculum) for percussion students in grades five through eight.
• Recruitment and retention of students
• Procurement, distribution and maintenance of instruments
• Publicity and promotion of public performances
• Student motivation, conduct and discipline
• Maintaining alumni relationships
• Coordination of events and learning opportunities with partners including “School of Honk” the annual “Honkfest” and El Sistema Somerville
• Coordination, communication and collaboration with music department colleagues
• Complies with and supports all District regulations and policies
• Develops a Band-Parent middle school booster organization
• Contributes to building newsletters
• Communicates quarterly with percussion parents via a newsletter

• Bachelors or higher level degree in Music Education
• MA DESE Certification in Music Education K-12
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written
• Exemplary interpersonal communications skills that establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, parents and members of the community
• Experience in directing traditional percussion ensembles and world percussion ensembles
• Thorough intermediate to advanced knowledge of band/percussion instruments and pedagogy associated with effective instruction
• Proficiency in multi-cultural music genres and traditional genres
• Experience with the maintenance and repair of percussion instruments
• Commitment to changing lives through music education

Position Reports to:
• K-12 Supervisor of Music

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Part-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    There are no application questions required for this job posting.

    Contact Information
    Richard Saunders, Department Chair-Music
    81 Highland Avenue
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
    Phone: 617 - 625 - 6600 Ext . 6143