Seeks Teaching Artists / Employment

September 30, 2019

Organization Name: Seattle Music Partners

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


​Seattle Music Partners seeks Teaching Artists for 4th/5th grade band and orchestra students for 2019-2020 school year.
SMP is a non-profit that provides an innovative combination of weekly group music instruction and one-on-one mentoring, working with elementary students who attend low-income schools in Seattle’s Central District. We offer individual music lessons and ensemble experience to over 100 students, twice weekly. We believe that music is a powerful tool for inspiring and empowering young people, and that music-learning opportunities should be available to all children on an equitable basis.

The Teaching Artists will teach instrumental sectionals to classes of 3-12 beginning string/wind/percussion players in 4th or 5th grade. Each TA is assigned to instruments that align with their own expertise, with a few exceptions. In addition, you may be asked to serve as a Lesson Supervisor to oversee local volunteers (mostly high school musicians) who will teach 1:1 private lessons with the same students.
The successful applicant will be joining a community of musicians who are passionate about exploring and building the connections between music and social justice, who are dedicated to continual growth and learning, who strive to build strong relationships with young musicians and their families, and who enjoy the challenges of both collaborative and individual work.

Responsibilities Include:
Leading group/ensemble classes during after-school hours
Participating in professional development, staff planning sessions, and other regular meetings
Assisting with program activities
Helping to organize and participating in student performances
Mentoring students
Provide weekly feedback to SMP regarding ensemble’s progress, challenges, etc.

Required Qualifications:
At least 3 years teaching experience, experience teaching groups, and/or relevant teaching certification, or collegiate student teaching
Enthusiasm for teaching in an ensemble setting
Passion for working with elementary students
Commitment to positive reinforcement as an approach
Commitment to equity
Commitment to communicating with students, families, teachers and staff
Understanding and awareness of different life experiences
Good classroom management skills
Enthusiasm for connecting with your community as a teaching artist
Commitment to personal growth, self-exploration and reflective practice
Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and comfort working in a team
Passion for learning and sharing concepts that are distinctive to SMP
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse students and parents
Reliable transportation

Desired Qualifications:
A sense of humor
Ability to speak foreign language(s) such as Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Amharic, Tigrinya, Tagalog

How to Apply:
This contracted position requires an average of 4-10 hours / week and could include some night and weekend events. Information regarding pay rate is available upon request. To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume and three references to Please include the job title in the subject line of your email.

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