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Saint Theresa Catholic School seeks a Director of Music.  Saint Theresa Catholic School is a Classical educational institution in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston serving Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade students.  STCS is a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School and a member school of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. STCS has also been named by the Cardinal Newman Society as an Honor Roll School and is recognized as an official Theology of the Body campus. Saint Theresa Catholic School is fully committed to furnishing students with an education that combines the wisdom of the classics with a firm foundation in faith and morals.  Located in Sugar Land, Texas, Saint Theresa Catholic School’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum includes daily instruction in Latin starting in Kindergarten; classes in traditional liturgical chorus three days a week; and lessons in Art and Art History twice a week.  In keeping with our mission, we “strive to form students who have a genuine love of God and the Church and who are prudent, compassionate, kind, courageous, and generous in their service of one another and to others.”


Position Summary

We are seeking a talented musician who can continue to build on a liturgical music program in a PreK through 8th grade Catholic School.  Each class receives music instruction at least three days per week.  The Director of Music should be a confident singer; someone who intends to invite and engage the children to participate in the singing at the Mass and to inspire and encourage them to profit by their study of singing.


The core repertoire of the school program is Gregorian chant, from general chants selected ad libitum from the Church Music Association of America’s The Parish Book of Chant, as well as specific melodies for school liturgies taken from the Roman Gradual and Roman Antiphonaries.  Our students regularly sing the Gregorian settings of the Mass Ordinary, including some of all of the following from the Roman Kyriale:  I, II, IV, VII, VIII, IX, XIII, XIV, and XVII. Hymns sung at Mass are taken from the Roman Office, sometimes with their original Latin text, and often in English.  Students also sing antiphons from the Office paired with select psalms during communion, usually in Latin.  The children also use a wide range of folk music as a subject of study or for a break from our general liturgical emphasis.


Essential Functions

Saint Theresa Catholic School aims to educate the mind, heart, and spirit of every student by providing an environment that fosters an authentic Catholic identity and generous stewardship towards others. These goals are accomplished by faculty and staff through active Christian faith and through academic excellence. The attributes that should be exemplified by all STCS personnel include but are not limited to the following:

·       Provide classroom music instruction in Music Theory, Solfege, and Rhythm studies, vocal technique.

·       Prepare liturgy for school Mass on Friday mornings and on Holy Days.

·       Assign school classes to chant the proper for each school Mass.

·       Maintain and broaden common repertoire for use at the Holy Mass by the whole school.  Primary resources include:  The Parish Book of Chant, the Roman or Monastic Antiphonaries, Roman Gradual.

·       Plan and lead special events and processions as required.

·       Attend weekly faculty meetings.

·       Exhibiting a deep understanding of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Liberal Arts Education.

·       Leading students to an understanding and appreciation of all that is good, beautiful, and true.

·       Relating to students by loving them with the love of Christ, encouraging them to deepen their own relationship with God through sacraments and scripture, and challenging students to love others.

·       Participating in school and church activities at which attendance is necessary because of the employee’s position.

·       Developing and administering Music curriculum consistent with the Catholic mission and classical orientation of STCS.

·       Participating in ongoing faith formation opportunities offered by the parish and school.

·       Promoting a classroom environment that is safe and conducive to individualized and small group instruction.

·       Teaching students in a challenging, enthusiastic, and age-appropriate manner using the classical model.  Ensuring that within the year, the scope and sequence of concepts and skills assigned to the grade are taught to the students.

·       Developing lesson plans and instructional materials and translating lesson plans into learning experiences to best utilize the available time for instruction.

·       Conducting ongoing assessment of student learning and modifying instructional methods to fit the individual needs of students, including those with special needs.

·       Instructing students in the principles of responsible citizenship and other subject matters specified in applicable laws, as well as administrative regulations and procedures of the school system.

·       Serving as an advocate for Saint Theresa Catholic School, as well as classical and Catholic education in the Sugar Land community and the greater Houston metropolitan area.

·       Continuing to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in education or an area of specialized research by attending seminars, workshops, or professional meetings.

·       Organizing and maintaining a system for accurate and complete record-keeping, grading, and reporting for all student activities, achievement, and attendance.

·       Encouraging parental involvement in students’ education and ensuring effective, timely communication with students and parents.

·       Ensuring that student conduct conforms with the school’s standards and Archdiocesan policies and establishing and maintaining standards of pupil behavior that not only lead to a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom but also to growth in virtue, empathy, and gratitude on the part of all students.

·       Coordinating with other school professional staff members, to evaluate and assess curriculum, by participating in applicable faculty meetings and committees.

·       Selecting and requisitioning appropriate books, instructional aids, and other supplies and maintaining inventory records.

·       Supervising students in activities that take place out of the classroom during the school day, including activities involving transportation.


Lives a Life Consistent with Catholic Educational Values

·       Supporting, implementing, and modeling the philosophy of Catholic Education.

·       Giving clear evidence that one lives by Gospel values.

·       Participating in building up the faith community.

·       Growing in a personal faith life through continued study, prayer, and reflection.


Additional Duties

Performing other related tasks as assigned by the Principal.

Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task or responsibility.




Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone. Several pianos (both grand and upright) are located throughout the school for rehearsal purposes.


Travel Requirements

Travels to professional meetings as required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

·       Provide classroom music instruction in Music Theory, Solfege, and Rhythm studies, vocal technique.

·       Familiarity with the Ward Method.

·       Confident use of the keyboard as an instrument in teaching vocal music.

·       Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiated instruction, based upon student learning needs.

·       Knowledge of early childhood, elementary, and middle school curriculum and concepts.

·       Knowledge of early, elementary, and adolescent childhood development

·       Knowledge of classical educational pedagogies and goals

·       Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis, and the formulation of action plans.

·       Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.

·       Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.

·       Ability to organize and coordinate work.

·       Ability to communicate regularly, effectively, and in a timely fashion with students and parents.

·       Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.

·       Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.


Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards

Works in standard office and school building environments.


Qualifications Profile


Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in the humanities or related discipline applicable to teaching assignment.  This position will require a special commitment to our liturgy, guarding, and promoting reverence in our celebration of the Mass.  Graduate level study can be very helpful, but an ability to work with the very young is most essential.  Excellent organizational skills, conducting skills and collegiality are also an important part of this position.


Successful prior teaching experience required and credentials in more than one field are a plus.

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