After-School Program Music Instructor
Job Details
Programs Office - Oakland, CA
Part Time

The mission of the Head-Royce School is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for the diversity that makes our society strong, and to encourage constructive and responsible global citizenship. The After-School Program (ASP) provides a high quality experience for students through a balance of activities, enrichment and music. The After-School music program consists of enthusiastic individuals who share a passion for sculpting the creative minds of our students through music. Instructors offer 1-1 lessons to students daily at 30 minutes/lesson, for the duration of the academic year. We seeks applicants who have a strong musical background, experience in anti-racist pedagogy, an awareness of ecological literacy, an understanding of adolescents, and a genuine fondness for working with students at this specific age level.

Responsibilities include and are not limited to:
■ Plan and prepare lessons in relation to individual students' needs
■ Determine student goals and objectives and discuss lesson plan details with them
■ Motivate students and encourage progress throughout the course of the academic year
■ Create and maintain relationships with families to ensure consistent feedback loop
■ Work through scheduling conflicts and make-up lessons directly with students/families
■ Create 2-3 formal student progress reports that will be shared with families throughout the academic year
■ Prepare students for end of year recital performance in front of families and fellow students
■ Incorporate some level of music theory, and help students sharpen their sight-reading, memorizing, and
improvising techniques


Candidates should possess strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to relate with people and children from a variety of educational, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Other essential qualities important to the position are:

■ The ability to provide lessons to students with passion, energy and enthusiasm

■ Instructors must enjoy a collaborative team setting and be willing to engage with students, families, ASP counselors, other music instructors and ASP Director

■ Requires a minimum of one-year experience teaching music to children/youth

■ Degree preferred, not required

Other Considerations:


Competitive among comparable schools; negotiable dependent upon experience

Location: Oakland, California Start Date: August 2021 End Date: June 2022



Head-Royce School Overview 

Located on a 22-acre campus in Oakland, California, Head-Royce is a pre-eminent, co-educational, independent, K-12 day school with a 134-year history. Our mission is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for diversity that makes our society strong and to encourage active and responsible global citizenship.

Head-Royce enrolls 900 students in the three separate divisions — Lower, Middle and Upper Schools — and provides a dynamic, whole-child education to every student. With our Strategic Plan, Bridge to 2022, the school’s current initiatives include advancing an innovative, student-centered program, promoting an inclusive community, driving deeper civic engagement, sustaining a culture of balance and well-being and carefully stewarding our resources. 

Head-Royce School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Head-Royce School seeks to be a community in which every individual is treated with sensitivity, courtesy and respect.