Job Title

Teaching Artist, 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 one string, wind or percussion instrument. Choir teachers should be proficient in piano.
  • Ability to teach all instruments within an instrument family from a beginner to advanced level in a small group 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 or at the Westside Neighborhood Center in Santa Barbara’s Westside 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 August 17, 2015. 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 serves. 

Application Instructions

 Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to music_hr@icansbc.org. Resumes should be submitted by August 1, 2015 and will be screened on a rolling first-come, first-reviewed basis. Applicants selected for in-person auditions will be invited to visit iCAN August 1 – 7, 2015. 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 and video example of classroom instruction. (Video is strongly recommended but not mandatory.)