ELM Chorus Teaching Artist

ELM Chorus Teaching Artist

Chorus Teaching Artist

2.5-3.5 hours per week on Saturday mornings for 34 weeks
$50 per hour (Saturday teaching); $25 per hour faculty meetings (stipend for materials)

Enriching Lives through Music

ELM is a full scholarship, intensive, multi-year El Sistema-inspired program that empowers under- resourced children from San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood to achieve excellence in all facets of their lives through music education and performance.

Position Summary

Teach 2 blocks of chorus class of 30-40 students ages 7-9 years on Saturday mornings (from 9:00- 11:30) in San Rafael. Responsible for teaching ELM students and ensuring the highest quality of singing experiences for our students. Create curriculum and pedagogy in collaboration with other ELM music faculty. Uphold ELM’s philosophy to support each child holistically and help facilitate community and family engagement.

Qualifications Overview

Teaching Artists will have either a Bachelor or Advanced Degree in Music or the Fine Arts and specialize in one or more instruments and/or pedagogy (such as Orff, Suzuki or Kodaly). ELM TAs will have experience teaching music to young children and a strong commitment to offering high quality music education in a context that prioritizes the social and emotional context of the children and their families.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

As an ELM Teaching Artist, responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Teaching large groups of students in a chorus class setting

  • Teaching age-appropriate general musicianship and theory as part of the chorus class

  • Collaborating with ELM faculty to create a shared curriculum, pedagogy and culture inspired by

the ideals of El Sistema and to support students holistically

  • Participating in 2 ELM major concerts and dress rehearsals per year and others as requested

  • Being present for any parent/teacher meetings necessary to resolve behavior issues

  • Developing and maintaining methods of assessing student musical progress

  • Lesson planning for the groups and sessions for which you are responsible

  • Sharing lesson plans bi-weekly with ELM’s Music Program Administrator

Teaching Qualifications

-Demonstrated excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer

-Adherence to ELM’s commitment to the social and emotional well-being of our students

-Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience; post-graduate degree or equivalent experience a plus

-Experience teaching large group classes to youth/children

-Experience leading and conducting ensembles

-Strong knowledge of relevant repertoire, curriculum, pedagogy

-Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds

-Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community

-Interest in and ability to be a motivational mentor/role model for students, parents, interns and peers as an artist, citizen and teacher

-Ability to work under frequent observation; collaborate with peers and both give and

receive constructive feedback when needed

-(Bilingual- English/Spanish a plus)


  • Hold yourself and your students to the highest possible standards as a role model of professionalism, focus and organization

  • Be organized and punctual, come early enough to be prepared to start each class on time

  • Be prepared before each class with music, materials and teaching intent

  • Be collaborative, open to new ideas, flexible, inclusive, and good humored

  • Be open to feedback and the artistic development process.

  • Respond to phone calls and emails within 48 hours or as appropriate Please send cover letter and resumé to Christina Lesicko, christina@elmprogram.org