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Songwriting & Music Production Teaching Artists

Changing Worlds, an arts and cultural education organization, seeks Songwriting and Music Production Teaching Artists to teach in our Arts and Cultural Connections after-school and in-school programs in Chicago Public Schools. Changing Worlds’ songwriting and production residencies spark innovative and critical thinking skills, while exploring music culture and self-expression. Classes are taught by teaching artists with small groups of pre-selected students. This is an independent contractor position for school year 2021-2022.

Songwriting and Music Production - Students learn to express themselves through creating original songs. Students learn the necessary technical skills that are then translated into the creative abilities it takes to make an original song. Recordings are typically done in-class and at home. Students can collaborate in small groups and on individual compositions/projects.

Compensated responsibilities include instructing groups of self-selected students in an in-school or after-school classroom setting. The artist will develop a curriculum plan as a guide for week-to-week classes, use their planning hours to prepare for the class, teach the songwriting and production skills needed to present a final composition/project, and present the history/ tradition and/or cultural context of the art form. The work with students will result in the development of a collection of student work that is exhibited or finishes with culminating discussions about the completed work.

Job Description

Build lesson plans that are responsive to Changing Worlds curriculum framework.

Teach students grade levels 6th-8th how to use a selected music software (ex. GarageBand, Bandlab, SoundTrack, etc.).

Generate creative, detailed written unit and lesson plans with culturally relevant, trauma informed teaching practice, and age-appropriate activities and submit to program manager.

Teach students how to use loops and MIDI to “make beats” with a coherent song structure and melody/harmony.

Teach students how to write lyrics using various literary devices.

Collaborate and communicate efficiently with assigned classroom teachers and build rapport with school administrative staff.

Teach advanced students mixing concepts, instrumental recording, and sampling.

Ensure students can perform all tasks on their own or with little help by the end of the prescribed length of the course.

Adhere to professional and workplace guidelines as required by Changing Worlds.

Document activities and engage in planned assessment and evaluation processes.

Participate in monthly staff meetings and professional development opportunities.

Education and experience requirements

*Associate's Degree in Music Production or Music Education (Bachelor’s Degree Preferred) or similar with 2 years+ as a professional in the music industry (either freelance or employee).

*Experience and passion for working with or teaching youth ages 11-18 required.

*Experience working in a classroom virtual learning environment a plus.

*Teacher Certification is a plus, but not required.

Please send direct resume, cover letter, and a sample of a written original 30-minute lesson plan you could teach in the future to Michaela Bateman (Music Program Manager) at

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicagoland