Job Title
Teaching Artist, Brass Specialist - iCAN Music Program

Job Description

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

Major Responsibilities

 Nurture and develop the musical and social development of iCAN Music Program 
students after school at a Music Program site in Santa Barbara, CA.
 Support the execution of a high quality, community-minded, and joyful music 
program in keeping with the philosophy of iCAN and El Sistema.
 Prepare daily lesson plans and collaborate on elements of the iCAN Music 
curriculum with the Lead Teaching Artist and Music Program Director. 
 Teach musicianship, instrumental technique, and program repertoire to groups of 
15-25 elementary school children between the ages of 7-12.
 Model musical diligence and collaboration for the students. Apply this same 
attitude to curriculum planning and performances with other Music Program staff.
 Support other Teaching Artists in large ensemble classes such as orchestra and 
musicianship, facilitating student learning and engagement. 
 Work with iCAN Music Site Coordinator and Lead Teaching Artist to support 
every student and their families daily. 
 Work in a highly-collaborative team setting in which every teacher has an 
opportunity to lead a specific ensemble and/or project.
 Facilitate the daily setup and cleanup of classrooms at our host sites positively 
and respectfully.
 Attend weekly staff meetings, one-on-one meetings and periodic professional 
development sessions.
 Support student performances throughout the school year. Bring an enthusiastic 
approach to performance.
 Contribute to a safe, fun and healthy learning environment of musicianship at the 
highest level and be a role model of citizenship to each student. 
 Be a role model for students at all times.

The ideal candidate will exude optimistic, passionate joy; an overwhelming love for 
children; and a strong understanding and belief in the importance of arts education in 
child development.
 Demonstrate musical excellence with at least two brass instruments (trombone, 
 Ability to teach all instruments within a brass instrument family from a beginner 
to advanced level in a small group lesson and large ensemble lesson. 
 Experience teaching elementary school children in group instrumental lessons.
 Dedication to the social development of your students.
 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 plus.
 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

This position will be situated in multiple classrooms at Franklin Elementary School in 
Santa Barbara’s Eastside neighborhood. One must be able to work independently, use 
good judgment and discretion on assigned tasks and accept direction on given 
assignments. This position requires intermittent standing, walking, sitting, squatting, 
stretching and bending throughout the day.

This is a part-time, non-exempt position. The work schedule is 15 – 20 hours per week 
after school during the academic year beginning as soon as possible. Compensation is 
$35.00 - $50.00/hour - Teaching Rate commensurate with experience and $15.00/hour 
Administrative Rate for other required program activity. 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN) is to bring high quality arts 
programs to children in Santa Barbara County, particularly those least likely to receive 
them. Through sustained creative learning opportunities that emphasize both artistic 
excellence and access, iCAN seeks to affect positive social change in the communities it 

Application Instructions
Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to 
[email protected]. Resumes should be submitted ASAP and will be screened on a 
rolling first-come, first-reviewed basis. Applicants selected for in-person auditions will 
be invited to visit iCAN.

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