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Teaching Artist - General Music

Changing Worlds, an arts and cultural education organization, seeks passionate, highly professional, and adaptable music educators to teach in our after-school and in-school music programs for students in PreK-2nd grade. This is an independent contractor position for school year 2021-2022 with new residencies starting in February 2022.

Changing Worlds is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. As such, we encourage teaching artists of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, and ages, as well as d/Deaf, to apply to join our highly diverse teaching artist cadre.

Selected candidates will have experience teaching ages 4- 9 years olds (using successful practices to engage class sizes of 12-25 students) supported by the classroom teacher.

Job Description

1. Teach students music fundamentals using a hands-on and highly interactive approach that includes elements such as: rhythm, melody and pitch, vocal production, responsive movement, music history, instrument exploration, various musical genres, and music literacy.

2. Build creative 30-minute lesson plans that are responsive to Changing Worlds’ curriculum framework and the mission of fostering inclusive communities, affirm identity and enhance cross cultural understanding.

3. Collaborate and communicate effectively with assigned classroom teachers and build rapport with school administrative staff and Changing Worlds program manager/staff.

4. Support the classroom assessment and evaluation processes that will be used throughout the program.

5. Participate in scheduled staff meetings and professional development opportunities as a member of the Changing Worlds' teaching artist cadre.

Education and experience requirements

· Bachelor’s Degree in Music or Music Education required. (Teacher Certification a plus, but not required.)

· 1-2 years of Experience working with or teaching music to young students ages 4-9 required.

· Be comfortable with developing new programs in consultation with CW staff

· Ability to read music and teach musical notation

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