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Troy Anderson

Elementary Music Teacher


The Chicago Center for Music Education (ChiME) provides access to evidence-based therapy and

engagement-based music programs that develop critical skills and foster self and social growth.

Our facility is located in the West Town neighborhood and our programs are also delivered at 19 partner

organizations, 13 of which are Chicago Public Schools. We serve approximately 3,000 children per year

and employ 25 staff members.

As community arts educators and therapists, we prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion as a crucial

part of our work to ensure that our programming:

 helps all children experience interactions that nurture their full range of social, emotional,

cognitive, physical, and linguistic abilities;

 presents a curriculum and programming that is bias-free and reflects and models fundamental

principles of fairness and justice;

 is delivered by teaching artists and therapists who are skilled in the delivery of culturally

responsive pedagogy and who value all children for who they are and what they bring to our

community of learners.

Position Details

We seek a Classroom Music teaching artist for all elementary grades (PreK-8) in a cluster of ChiME partner

schools on the far South Side of Chicago. Schedules vary depending on the partner school, but classes of 15-

30 students each are typically held weekly during the school day. The curriculum for the younger grades

(PreK-1) includes components of general music such as singing, creative movement, and performance on

unpitched percussion. In older grades (2-8) keyboards, percussion instruments, and singing are typically used.

ChiME teaching artists use engaging and age-appropriate musical activities in service of the broader goals of

fostering self-confidence, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, personal responsibility, and creative

problem solving. This is a part-time position with potential to increase to full-time. Travel to partner locations

across the city is required, specifically on the far South Side. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

We seek candidates:

 interested in fostering growth of musical and non-musical skills within the framework of ChiME’s

mission, values, and a performance-based curriculum.

 with pedagogical knowledge and prior teaching experience with preschool and elementary school

students, preferably in a classroom setting.

 who are energetic and enthusiastic when engaging with young students.

 who value diversity, are committed to anti-bias education, and are skilled in the delivery of culturally

responsive pedagogy.

 with musical talents, including some vocal, instrumental (guitar/ukulele, piano, or percussion) and

note reading skills.

 who demonstrate skills in planning, documentation, and effective communication with both students

and colleagues.

 who are responsible, accountable, and reliable; strive for mutual victories; and who seek to

understand others.


Compensation for teaching ranges between $40 and $50 per hour and $15 per hour for meetings and training

sessions. Travel to partner locations is compensated at the official IRS rate. Artists who average more than 30

hours per week are eligible for ChiME’s benefit package which covers 60% of benefits for employees and

dependents, and also provides 100% coverage for long-term disability insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume highlighting relevant work experience

and accomplishments. Materials should be sent to and include “Teaching Artist

Position” in the subject line. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is


ChiME is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated

against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual

orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran

status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants who are disabled may participate in the

application process. Please advise us in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Contact Info:
Gosia Bagley
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago