Music Teacher (Middle School)

Job Type

Full Time




950 Longfellow Ave
United States


Bronx Charter School for the Arts (Bronx Arts) is a public school founded on the principle that a rich and vibrant background in the arts is a key component of achieving academic excellence. We strive to serve as a model that encourages creativity and innovation in the classroom and inspires students to develop the intellectual and personal fortitude to realize their dreams. Having been awarded the fourth renewal of its charter, the board of Bronx Arts has determined that at this point in time it is important for the organization to recommit to its artistic mission. 


Bronx Arts is in its 15th year of operation serving students in Hunts Point, which is in the most impoverished congressional district in the country with 38% of the population living at or below the federal poverty line. In 2014 Bronx County was designated 62nd out of 62 counties in New York State in the Robert Wood Johnson County Health Ranking Report inspiring the Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr. to announce a #not62 initiative to move the Bronx out of last place by 2020. In this deeply challenged community, the founders of Bronx Arts had the audacity to build a school that is dedicated to academic excellence and excellence in arts instruction. Bronx Arts is currently one of the top performing elementary schools in District 8. 



BRONX ARTS seeks a Middle School Music Teacher responsible for promoting a positive school culture. The Middle School Music Teacher will work with the parents, students, and school leadership to ensure that the high expectations we have for our students are maintained in the music classroom. They will use their knowledge of the development of adolescents, and the ways in which they learn to achieve this goal. Teachers are expected to support the social, emotional and cognitive development of students. The Music teacher reports to the Arts Director and works closely with the members of the arts team.  



  • Design and execute an age appropriate, sequentially developed, standards based, culturally responsive music curriculum for grades six-eight. 
  • Develops students music knowledge and skills utilizing instrumental (band), choral and/or general music as a vehicle to learning. 
  • Develop and/or utilize rubrics to assess and record students’ learning and growth. 
  • Collaboratively plan and rehearse students for at least two annual performances.   
  • Partner with community and cultural organizations in order to help students interact with professionals in the field, make real world connections and increase awareness of careers in music.  
  • Maintain school structures by enforcing school and class rules. 
  • Make meaningful connections through dance to academic content when content naturally aligns.  
  • Differentiate instruction for students with special needs 
  • Build a warm and inclusive classroom environment, implementing the practices of Responsive Classroom. 
  • Create and maintain strong relationships with students and families 
  • Actively participate in team meetings, collaborative planning, and professional development, including an annual summer institute. 
  • Accept ultimate responsibility for the progress of his or her students, and work to actively overcome setback. 
  • Presents as a consummate professional in regards to punctuality, attendance, and integrity.  
  • Actively seeks out feedback from leadership and colleagues and uses it to improve performance.  
  • Perform any other duties as may be required by administration. 


Human Resources and On-going Development 

  • Actively works to improve his or her own practice in order to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for excellent instruction and to generally increase his or her effectiveness in the organization. 
  • Actively strives to embody the operating principles in his or her work. 
  • Operates according to the professional standards of the school, which are defined in detail within the schools’ staff policies and procedures handbook. 
  • Takes responsibility for the success of the organization by maximizing all opportunities to further the mission of the organization within the school, broader Hunts Point, and New York City communities. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in Music or Music Education (Band or general music emphasis preferred. Vocal background is a plus. Master’s degree in related field and NYS Teaching certification preferred. 
  • The ability to create a classroom environment where students feel safe, supported, and challenged. 
  • Passion and commitment to teaching students in underserved areas and to closing the achievement gap. 
  • Relentless drive to set and achieve ambitious goals. 
  • Strong collaboration and teamwork skills. 
  • Growth mindset and ability to use feedback to improve practice. 
  • Experience teaching in underserved areas a plus. 
  • At least two years of teaching experience. Full time teaching preferred. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to: Joy M. Jackson, Arts Director, with the subject “Music Instructor”.