Mariachi Music Educator Opportunity

Job Title: Mariachi Music Teacher
Reports to: Principal or Supervising Classroom Teacher
Supervises: Elementary and Middle School Students
Deadline: Open until filled

Scope of Job:

Assumes professional responsibility for providing learning experiences in mariachi music and the performing arts and supervision of students in a supportive and positive climate that develops in each student the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to meet and exceed the objectives outlined by the mariachi/choir curriculum. Achieving academic excellence requires that the Music Teacher work collaboratively with other members of the school staff (PYP coordinator and Principal) and with parents.


The Music Teacher shall:

  1. Hold a California instructional certificate related to music.
  2. Possess a minimum of five years? experience performing as a mariachi professionally
  3. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of music and have excellent experience in teaching and working with primary aged students in the field of music in general, and mariachi music in particular
  4. Demonstrate personal skills and creative talents in music, preferably proficiency with string instruments and choir.
  5. Have excellent integrity and demonstrate good moral character and initiative.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of child growth and development, effective
  7. Instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to learning for the age group involved.
  8. Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents, and the community.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in English and Spanish, both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to use electronic equipment for word processing, data management, information retrieval, visual and audio presentations, and telecommunications.


The Music Teacher shall perform all job functions and assume all responsibilities outlined in the Elementary Teacher Job Description. The Music Teacher is an integral part of the total school program and has specific professional responsibilities related to the certification held and professional position assigned, and shall:

  1. Plan and implement instruction to ensure that all students meet and exceed the mariachi curriculum to include:
    • Developing aesthetic awareness;
    • Performing mariachi music and singing mariachi;
    • Demonstrating critical, analytical, judgmental, and evaluative skills; and
    • Understanding cultural context of artistic accomplishments in mariachi music;
  2. Provide a variety of learning experiences so that students demonstrate skills and concepts learned through individual and group performances, and music portfolios.
  3. Review periodically the performing arts curriculum for the district and recommend modifications when appropriate so that the curriculum serves as a framework for planning sequential instruction to address the Core Curriculum Content Standards and the developmental needs of the students.
  4. Provide and supervise opportunities for students to demonstrate individually and in ensembles or large groups the skills and talents developed in the music program, bringing pride of accomplishment to students and to the school.
  5. Maintain an inventory and in proper working order all musical instruments and musical scores.
  6. Recommend budget needs to the Principal or designated supervisor.
  7. Serve as a role model for students by cultivating personal musical talents and creating or performing music.
  8. Engage the learners in differentiated learning experiences for the range of skill levels and developmental needs found in the classroom, managing, when appropriate, multiple instructional activities simultaneously.
  9. Provide and effectively organize a variety of materials, equipment, media, and community resources to support the instructional program, using the schools expectations, The Husky Way.
  10. Organize and supervise approved field trips to enhance classroom learning.
  11. Monitor the pacing of instruction and budget class time efficiently by providing clear directions, outlining expectations, and effectively bringing to closure instructional experiences.
  12. Use effective presentation skills when employing direct instruction, including appropriate vocabulary and examples, clear and legible visuals, and articulate and audible speech.
  13. Use excellent written and oral English skills when communicating with students, parents, and colleagues.
  14. Provide a nurturing, supportive, and positive classroom climate that encourages student responsibility, using positive motivation, clear classroom routines, challenging instructional strategies, and effective classroom management techniques.
  15. Communicate regularly with parents, seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support the child in the school.
  16. Ensure the safety and health of all students, notifying the administration of any unsafe conditions, following established procedures.
  17. Create a stimulating, attractive, organized, functional, healthy, and safe classroom, with proper attention to the visual, acoustic, and thermal environments.
  18. Recommend to the Principal or designated supervisor the supplies and equipment needed to support instruction.

Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter via e-mail to: Mexican Heritage Corporation, Mariachi Education Program mdaviles@mhcviva.org. No phone calls please.