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Piano/Theory Teaching Artist

Organization Overview: Music in Urban Schools Inspiring Change (MUSIC Inc.) is an El Sistema inspired program that has been offering tuition-free music instruction to Chicago west side communities since 2011. MUSIC Inc.’s commitment to equity and accessibility in music education is rooted in the principles of our family focused approach. Our program culture is built around trauma-informed instruction and supporting students' social emotional growth as part of their music education. Music teachers serve as mentors, helping students set goals, proactively communicating with families, and collaboratively creating individualized support plans for students as needed.

Job Summary: MUSIC Inc. is seeking an experienced teaching artist instructor with a primary or secondary background in piano. The instructor will be responsible for teaching group piano class on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Programming is located at St. Agatha Community Center. We are seeking a candidate who is passionate about working with youth and inspiring to build strong and empathic communities.

Contract Length: 2022-2023 School Year

Times: Tuesday from 5:00pm – 7pm and Saturday 9am – 1:30pm

Skills and Duties

  • Passionate about the cause
  • Basic understanding of art and social emotional learning practices
  • Prepare and modify lesson plans to meet the needs of students
  • Prepare materials and equipment for instructional activities
  • Maintain a daily attendance log
  • Attend team meetings and regular check-ins with Executive Director
  • Be punctual. The after-school program follows the instructional calendar and is closed during normal school holidays
  • Available to work assigned work hours
  • Must be an active participant and a positive role model to children
  • Exhibit respectful, courteous, and helpful behavior to children, staff, parents, agency representatives, and the general public
  • Attend required meetings
  • Build relationships with parents, children, and the community

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in both private and group settings
  • Must meet background clearance requirements, including fingerprinting
  • Experience working with students, in varied grade levels, from diverse backgrounds specifically low-income communities
  • A strong commitment to MUSIC Inc. mission and vision
  • Strong ability and desire to inspire ALL students to learn and reach their goals
  • Experienced teaching style that creatively communicates instrumental techniques and to students while maintaining a positive and inspiring learning environment
  • Excellent personable skills, collaborate nature, and ability to work with administration and families
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong work ethic
  • Must have reliable transportation

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Music or Music Education

Work Remotely: No

Pay: All teaching artists are hired as independent contractors and paid per service. Per service rates vary from $30-$35/hour; according to experience and qualifications.

Contact Info:
Sarah Dupuis
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago