Music Teaching Artist

Job Type

Part Time




United States


TK-6th Grade General Music Teacher (Hourly)

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (“The Center”) is currently seeking enthusiastic, skilled and creative music teachers to join the School Partnerships team of In-School faculty for the 2018-2019 school year. The Center partners with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to serve under-resourced elementary and middle schools in Richmond by bringing music education into classrooms where it otherwise would not exist.

We aim to provide music programs that incorporate developmentally-appropriate instruction around singing, rhythm, beat, tempo, movement, improvisation and the playing of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. We encourage and support teaching artists to incorporate global and local music into their teaching to connect students to their community and the world at large.

Music teachers can feel inspired to incorporate other performing arts elements into their curriculum and program (musical genre, theater, dance, etc.). The Center seeks to provide musical instruction aligned with the the Center’s mission and values as well as the California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards. Additionally, the music teacher will be responsible for planning and facilitating winter and spring musical events at their school site with the support of the School Partnerships team. As an In-School music teacher you would be an important part of the the Center’s School Partnerships team, as well as the school-site community.

Our music teachers possess expertise in an area, instrument, or style of music, and are committed to offering high-quality, social-emotionally oriented arts education. Ideal candidates are musicians who have a strong teaching background, are passionate about working in under-resourced schools, enjoy working with large groups of students, have strong classroom management skills, and are patient, dynamic, flexible, independent, and punctual. Classes occur during the school day, at the school site, beginning as early as 8:15am and lasting no later than 2:50pm. Hours and days of teaching are contingent upon the school schedule. Grade levels range from Pre-Kindergarten (“TK”) to 6th grade.

The Music Teacher’s responsibilities include:

·      Developing curriculum and units of study that cover developmentally-appropriate material and engage students in the learning process.

·      Participating as an active member of the school community to improve school climate.

·      Maintaining a high-level of professionalism including timeliness, preparedness, dedication, and maintaining commitments to students, school, self, and the community.

     · Teachers are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes before their first scheduled class.

     · Working resourcefully and independently.

·      Conferring with teachers, school leaders, and other instructional personnel, external educational agencies, to aid in the development of robust, appropriate, educational programming.

·      Planning and facilitating at least (2) musical performances, one per semester at each school site, as well as other arts-based community engagement events.

·      Coordinating with other Music Teachers, Center faculty, and classroom teachers to align on curriculum, performance, and to co-develop arts integration opportunities.

·      Participating in professional development activities (led by the School Partnerships team), evaluation, and program development.

The ideal Music Teacher will have:

·      A Bachelor’s degree.

·      Teaching Credential or Master’s in Music/Education a plus, but not necessary. 

·      2+ years of experience working with elementary students and developing music curriculum for such grade levels.

·      Passion for music and high-level proficiency singing, and playing guitar, keyboard/piano, percussion, or another instrument.

·      Experience working in under-resourced communities with socio-economic, racial and culturally diverse classroom settings.

·      Training/certification in Orff or Kodaly methods.

·      Ability to effectively manage large groups of students.

·      Experience coordinating music assemblies and performances.

·      Experiences working with sound design, composition, and musical arrangement.

·      An exhibited ability to work with children in a caring and respectful manner in order to create a joyful, caring classroom environment where instructional time includes community building, conflict resolution, skill-building, and empowering students to be peacemakers and agents for positive social change.

·      Experience working with diverse populations, including English language learners and students with special needs.

·      Fluency in Spanish.

·      Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, collaborative nature, and a can-do attitude.

·      Personal investment in creating a classroom in which social emotional learning is the foundation of the culture.

·      Belief that all students are able to express themselves artistically and achieve at high levels.

·      Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate to a diverse audience.



Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish and English.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree