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Friday, September 9, 2016

Job Opportunity Teaching Strings

The Thomas Jefferson Strings Club is currently searching for candidates to instruct the Thomas Jefferson Elementary Strings Club in Falls Church City. For the past two years, the club has been open to 4th and 5th graders and meets after school (at 4 pm and/or 5 pm) on one or two days per week.

For more information, refer to the following position description: JOB DESCRIPTION ANNOUNCEMENT

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Praxis Core Math Test Workshop

The College of Education and Human Development is offering a test preparation workshop for the Praxis Core Math Test. This test is a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) teacher preparation program entry requirement. This is a good opportunity for undergraduate (BME) and licensure (MELC) students who do not have SAT or ACT equivalency scores to brush up on their math skills. The dates, times, and cost of the workshop are as follows:
  • When: Saturday, October 8, 15, 22, and 29 
  • Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm 
  • Where: George Mason University Fairfax Campus 
  • Instructor: Dr. Lynn Gardner 
  • Required Textbook: Core Math Made Easy at
  • Registration Cost: $270 ($245 for Mason Students)
Complete and submit the REGISTRATION FORM to attend this workshop. Instructions are on the form.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

2016 Music Education Convocation

The Fall 2016 Music Education Convocation will be held on Friday, September 2nd, from 12:00 - 1:20 pm in deLaski hall. In addition to presentation from student music education organizations such as NAfME Collegiate and ACDA, there will be three breakout sections to help orient students to the music education degree as follows:
  • Welcome Aboard! Navigating First Year priorities for the Music Education Major. This session is for first-year undergraduate students who are new to Mason. The session speaker will be Mrs. Lynn Wildman, Senior Academic Advisor.
  • MTEC is Not a Four-Letter Word. This session is for all returning undergraduate students who have not yet taken the MTEC Interview and Skill Proficiency Exam. The session speaker will be Professor Wayne Taylor.
  • Field Experience and Internship Placements. This session is for all undergraduate BME and graduate MELC students who have been accepted into the music education program (passed the MTEC Exam) and are enrolled in 400-level music education methods courses. The session speakers will be Drs. Lisa Billingham and Brian Wuttke. 
Attending this event is a requirement for all music education students. Any student who is considering music education as a career path is also invited to attend. For more information, contact the Director of Music Education at:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Employment Opportunities

K-8 Music Teacher Needed
Saint Bernadette Catholic School, located at 7602 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield VA, 22152  is looking for a K-8 music teacher. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday schedule; 32 hours with benefits; $38,400. Sen cover letter and résumé to: Fr. Don Rooney, pastor, at

Chorus Teacher Position
A very good K-12, college-preparatory school in Norfolk, VA, needs a Middle & Upper School Chorus teacher.  Ideally, the new teacher will also teach music theory and/or help with the drama department. If interested, submit an online Application or contact Abby Hall at for more information.

Orchestra Director Position
Spotsylvania Middle School in Spotsylvania Virginia is looking for a full-time Orchestra Director. If interested, fill out an application on the Spotsylvania Public Schools' website ( and contact the school's Principal Mr. Byrd at (540) 582-6341 regarding a possible interview.

Choral Director and Accompanist Position

Headwaters is actively searching for both a chorus director and an accompanist for an afterschool choral program in Rappahannock County. Both positions offer competitive compensation and mileage reimbursement. Headwaters is partnering with the Rappahannock County Public Schools to establish a choral program for interested singers in grades eight through twelve at Rappahannock County High School. The chorus will also initially include interested students in the fifth through seventh grades. Interested candidates are requested to submit their resume and a cover letter, detailing their education and experience, to Kevin Brandriff, Executive Director of Headwaters, at or mail to:
Kevin Brandriff, Executive Director 
Headwaters Education Foundation 
P. 0. Box 114
Sperryville, VA 22740 

Student Teaching Announcements

There will be a mandatory orientation session on Friday, August 26th from 12:00 - 3:00 pm in the Music Conference Room for all students who will be interning in the Fall 2016 semester.

Students who plan to intern in the Spring 2017 semester must download and complete an Internship Application. Completed applications are due to the Office of Clinical Practice on/or before September 15th.

More information pertaining to student teaching is available in the Music Education Internship Manual.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Employment Opportunity

A very good PK-12, college-preparatory school in the Tidewater area of Virginia, needs a Music Teacher for all grade levels (general music, band, and chorus).  Ideally, the new teacher will also contribute to school life by coaching sports and/or helping with co-curricular programs.  For more information, fill out an online application with Southern Teachers Agency

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Earn Graduate Credit This Summer

Whether taking graduate classes for recertification, or as a part of a master’s degree, we understand the difficulty that teachers encounter when trying to complete courses during the school year. Therefore, the School of Music is offering a program designed for working professionals who are interested in earning graduate credit by offering classes online and/or during the summer.

In today’s financial climate, a master’s degree can help provide a much needed salary boost. For example –with a master’s degree, public school teachers employed with Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County can expect between $55,000 - $60,000 in additional income over a ten-year period.

According to the Virginia Licensure Renewal Manual (pages 4 & 8), teachers can earn 30 professional development (PD) points per semester hour. Therefore one 3-credit hour course grants 90 PD points out of the 180 needed for recertification. Passing two 3-credit hour courses would satisfy the entire 180 PD points needed for recertification.

Additionally, obtaining a master’s degree can also provide the credentials needed to explore new opportunities including, but not limited to: teaching in higher education, serving in public school administrative music positions, and provide the pathway to beginning doctoral studies.

We will be offering TWO courses this summer that will count as credit towards a MM in music education.

MUSI 663 Aesthetics of Music Education ONLINE. June 6 – July 27
This class explores the history and philosophy of music education in America. Students gain experience preparing online units of instruction based upon an assigned historical topic. The class will conclude with a virtual poster session featuring philosophical research covered during the second half of the class.

Students will discover resources and tools appropriate for advanced research by performers, teacher, and scholars.

To register for these classes you will need to apply for Graduate Non-Degree Seeking status. If you need additional information registering, please contact Stevie Otto at

The Deadline to Apply is May 15th