Teaching Artist Position

Young Musicians Foundation Artists Program 

Los Angeles 

Position: Teaching Artist – Multiple positions (Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Harp, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Low Brass, Percussion, Piano, Voice, General Music, Early Childhood Music) as well as substitute teachers

Location: Various sites throughout the greater Los Angeles area

Reports to: Teaching Artist Program Manager, Director and Administrative Associate

Hours: Varies depending on number of sites. Approximately 1 – 8 hours per week

Compensation: $70 per hour (General Music/Early Childhood Music), $55 per hour (Instrumental/Vocal), $25 per hour for mandatory training sessions, concerts, and school assemblies held throughout the year

Start Date: September 2016


Young Musicians Foundation’s Teaching Artist Program exists to unify communities through high caliber music instruction for youth ages 4 – 17 in underserved and at-risk communities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The Teaching Artist Program provides instrumental, vocal, general music instruction, music appreciation and fundamentals, as well as field trips to concerts. We empower youth with the means and methods necessary to explore personal and social conflicts and develop self-esteem, and communication skills to make positive life choices and become role models of the community. Our vision is to be a source of support for youth – to give them a voice that is heard, valued and respected; and to serve as a bridge that helps them make positive life choices.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Teach group music classes
  • Integrate VAPA standards, ELA and Common Core standards as applicable and apply knowledge to lesson plans
  • Attend mandatory music pedagogy and professional development sessions
  • Support and attend student performances throughout the school year
  • Maintain a safe and nurturing environment for students
  • Collaborate with teachers, administrators, staff, students, parents and community
  • Facilitate in the daily set-up and cleanup of classrooms respectively
  • Track and maintain student attendance and prepare progress reports for grades
  • Create detailed substitute lesson plans and arrange for substitute coverage
  • Submit time sheets, instrument maintenance requests, and behavioral reports
  • Must be able to clear a TB test and Live Scan background check (required by sites before your first day of teaching)


  • Four-year undergraduate degree in music/music education or equivalent experience required; post-graduate degree or equivalent experience desired
  • Demonstrated musical excellence with at least one string, wind, brass or percussion instrument. Vocal teachers should be proficient on piano
  • Demonstrated excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer
  • Extensive knowledge of repertoire, curriculum, and pedagogy as related to specialty instrument
  • Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds; exposure working in underserved communities desired
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Interest and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and peers
  • Punctual; attention to detail and deadlines
  • Reliable transportation
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus

Required documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Artist Program Application (copy & paste link into browser): https://goo.gl/ZHIZvB
  • 5-10 minute video/audio performance sample
  • 2-3 minute video answering the following questions:

1) What attracted you to the Young Musicians Foundation Teaching Artist Program?

2) What makes you the best fit for the position?

Video links to Dropbox or YouTube can be sent in place of an attached electronic video file. Please do not send DVDs or tapes.

Closing date: Open until filled

Please send all documents to Lauren Wasynczuk, Teaching Artist Program Administrative Associate:


Additional information can be found at www.ymf.org

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