Job Description: Music Teaching Artists

 All instruments including: Strings, Specialists, Woodwinds Specialists, Brass Specialists, Choir Specialists and Percussion Specialists

Department: Music Program

Classification: Non-Exempt/Part-Time/Hourly

Reports To: Director, Music Program and Lead Teaching Artist

Starting Salary Range: $35-$50 per hour, Commensurate with experience

Hours: 15-20 hours weekly, after-school hours during the school year

Start Date: August 18, 2014

Deadline to Apply: 7/31/14


The Music Teaching Artist is entrusted with the musical and social development of iCAN Music Program students. This work occurs after school at a Music Program site in Santa Barbara, CA. To learn more about iCAN, please visit us at www.icansbc.org and on Facebook.

Teaching Artist Responsibilities:

  •   Support the execution of a high quality, community minded, and joyful music program in keeping with the philosophy of the Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN) and El Sistema.

  •   Teach musicianship, instrumental technique, and program repertoire to groups of 15-25 elementary school children between the ages of 6-11.

  •   Support other Teaching Artists in large ensemble classes such as orchestra and musicianship, facilitating student learning and engagement. Work with iCAN Music Site Coordinator to support every student.

  •   Prepare daily lesson plans and collaborate on elements of the iCAN Music curriculum with the Lead Teaching Artists and Program Director.

  •   Facilitate the daily setup and cleanup of classrooms positively and respectfully.

  •   Attend weekly staff meetings, one-on-one meetings and periodic professional development


  •   Support student performances throughout the school year. Bring an enthusiastic approach to


  •   Model musical diligence and collaboration for the students. Apply this same attitude to

    curriculum planning and performances with other Music Program staff.


 Provide a safe, fun and healthy learning environment of musicianship at the highest level and be a role model of citizenship to each student.

Teaching Artist Job Requirements:

  •   Demonstrate musical excellence with at least one string, wind, brass or percussion instrument. Choir teachers should be proficient on piano.

  •   Ability to teach all instruments within the instrument family from beginner level to advanced.

  •   Desire to bring joy, pride, and compassion to ensemble music making, and the ability to convey

    this powerfully to young people.

  •   Experience with early childhood education and music pedagogy (Orff, Delacroze, Kodaly) a


  •   Experience teaching elementary school children in group lessons.

  •   Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide

    range of constituencies in a diverse community.

  •   Interest and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and peers

    as an artist, teacher and citizen.

  •   Spanish proficiency preferred.

  •   Proficiency with Word, Excel, Google and various apps preferred.

    Working Conditions:

    Position will be situated in multiple classrooms at Franklin Elementary School in Santa Barbara’s Eastside neighborhood. Must be able to work independently, using good judgment and discretion on assigned tasks and accept direction on given assignments. Requires intermittent standing, walking, sitting, squatting, stretching and bending throughout the workday.

    To apply:

    Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to [email protected] Resumes should be submitted as soon as possible and will be screened on a rolling first-come, first- reviewed basis.

    Application Directions:

    In the subject line of your email please indicate the position to which you are applying (Music Teaching Artist: Instrument Family Specialist).
    In the body of the email, please include a short paragraph describing your teaching philosophy and motivation for applying. A video example of classroom instruction is strongly recommended, but not mandatory. 

    • Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN) 222 East Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 T: 805.845.5142 F: 805.845.6360

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