The Teaching Artists on the Community Program team teach group sectionals and/or conduct and teach full ensembles, primarily to beginner and intermediate musicians. Our team builds musical skills, teaches fundamentals, brings out creativity, serves as mentors and role models, and builds community. We do not hire Teaching Artists to just teach music.
Teach sectionals or conduct full ensembles
Implement and teach appropriate pedagogy aligned with Opus benchmarks; pace lessons to meet student needs.
Inspire musicians through selecting and using great literature and etudes.
Create a consistent, positive rehearsal environment with procedures and expectations.
Go through proper protocol for fingerprinting at the district and county offices.
Arrive on time and prepared.
Learn and use the first names of your musicians and their families.
Actively supervise students; take and record student attendance at each rehearsal.
Keep the “Artist” in the title “Teaching Artist” by maintaining and growing your own personal performance skills and taking advantage of performance opportunities.
Foster student participation in school music programs.
Form, build, and maintain relationships with all Opus stakeholders.
Other duties as assigned.
A Few Benefits of Being on the Team:
Collaboration with other musicians on the Teaching Artist team
Professional development opportunities
Free admission to Balboa Park museums (including the San Diego Zoo) per the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.
Opportunities for additional work within the SDYS organization
Hours of Employment:
Vary, based on position. Hours could include:
Monday 3:15-5:45 p.m. and Wednesday 3:15-6:15 at an elementary school in Chula Vista.
Tuesday 3:15-5:45 p.m. and Thursday 3:15-6:15 at an elementary school in Chula Vista.
Additional time after 5:45 p.m. or on Friday afternoons or evenings may be possible.
Does this sound like you? If so, we’d love to meet you. Email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always collecting resumes of great Teaching Artists. We have immediate openings for:
Violin Teaching Artist
Beginning Elementary School String Conductor
Strong musical skills on a string or wind instrument
Group lesson or full ensemble teaching experience
Flexibility and problem solving skills for situations that change or do not go as planned
Ability to be a team player and enhance a team that is passionate about making music education accessible and affordable for all youth
Experience teaching diverse learners beginning music skills, preferably with elementary school students
The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS)’s mission is to instill excellence in the musical and personal development of students through rigorous and inspiring musical training experiences. We do this through both our traditional youth symphony programming (Conservatory Programs) and our neighborhood-centered programming (Community Programs). We know firsthand that education, social, co...mmunity, and personal transformations happen when music is taught collaboratively and with excellence.