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Lauren Slipkowsky

Wiggleworms-in-Residence Teaching Artist

The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking an experienced bilingual early childhood music teacher to be a Wiggleworms-in-Residence Teaching Artist at its partner locations in North Lawndale and Albany Park.

Key Details

Approximately 9 teaching hours per week (two mornings from 9:00am to 12:00pm) and 1.5 hours administrative time used for: creating class plans, building relationships with teachers and administrators, working with partners on logistics, set up/tear down, special events. Additional administrative time will be available for creating core songs booklet. Travel to onsite location will be required.

This is a year round program but hours may vary due to breaks, holidays, summer session etc.


  • Designs and implements a sequenced and developmentally appropriate curriculum to meet the goals and desired outcomes of the program in coordination with the other Wiggleworms-in-Residence instructors.
  • Creates weekly music lesson plans for 12-14 classrooms for infant, toddler, and 3-5 year olds (Classes are approximately 8-15 students, with 2 classroom assistants - parents are not present).
  • Builds relationships with students, classroom teachers, partner site administrators, and families
  • Communicates regularly with the other Wiggleworms residency teaching artist(s), the School Partnerships Program Manager, and the onsite Wiggleworms team
  • Serves as a musical resource for the CRCL, including delivery of song suggestions, lyrics, record songs on sound cloud, and equipment/supplies to classroom teachers
  • In collaboration with the classroom teachers, documents and assesses the children's development through two assessments.
  • Adapts curriculum to meet the individual and evolving needs of the children, teachers, and classroom.
  • Works with the School Partnerships Program Manager to communicate the vision and impact of the program for funding purposes
  • Maintains a collaborative relationship with CRCL's administrative staff and curriculum coordinators
  • Plans and implements music activities for CRCL's family programs, including family/community concerts, morning coffees, and CRCL-directed events
  • Plans and implements trainings for CRCL's classroom teachers
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Background in Early Childhood Music Education
  • Successful candidates must be motivated, collaborative, responsive and committed to young children's development
  • Must have at least one year of early childhood music instruction in a classroom setting without parents/guardians present
  • Ability to sing and teach using guitar or a comparable portable instrument at a minimum of an intermediate level
  • Fluency in Spanish highly desired (many classrooms are bilingual)
  • Experience with administrative/organizational tasks including scheduling, tracking activities and reporting is helpful.
  • Proficient in Google suite

To be considered for this role, please apply through our Career Center.

About Old Town School of Folk Music

Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music (“OTSFM”) is the largest community school of the arts in the U.S. and a non-profit organization committed to celebrating American music and global cultures. Founded in 1957, Old Town School provides a wide range of music, dance, and arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one's interest, Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 weekly class offerings, a broad array of private lessons, and over 400 concerts and community events per year.

Old Town School of Folk Music opened its Lincoln Square facility in 1998 and expanded in 2012. The Old Town School operates two campuses located in Chicago's Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park neighborhoods that include world-class concert halls, classrooms, an award-winning music store, and a music resource center. Online classes were introduced in 2020 and students from nearly every state and a dozen countries participated over the course of the pandemic. Children's classes are also held at several suburban satellite locations. More information is available at

Equal Employment Opportunity

OTSFM is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees. OTS strives to be an inclusive and equitable organization that is reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. This is critical to our success as a community focused organization.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: North Lawndale and Albany Park - Chicago