Department Teaching Assistant/On-Call Substitute Teacher

School Outreach

Close Date
7 Feb 2020

Summary of Position:

The performing arts educator selected for this position will serve as a teaching assistant to Music Center lead teaching artists (music, dance, drama) in our innovative school outreach program in partnership with Boston Public Schools.  Teaching Assistants also serve as substitute teachers for our regular teaching staff on an as-needed and on-call basis.

Teaching Assistants Provide assistance to the CMCB lead teacher in these ways:

  • Model appropriate behavior and participation by example
  • Reinforce classroom and school rules and goals as needed
  • Assist the lead teacher in administering activities (passing out/collecting supplies, pairing children into partners or small groups, forming circles, helping part singing etc.)
  • Coordinate transitions into and out of class and between activities
  • Work one-on-one with students needing specialized discipline or tutoring
  • Be an authoritative adult role model during all scheduled classes
  • Communicate effectively with lead teacher before, during and after class
  • Lead class activities as assigned by lead teacher

The candidate selected for this position will be a strong educator and artist able to adapt the goals and curriculum of our program to best utilize their own skill specialties, as well as engage the interests and abilities of the students.  Applicants should possess a firm command of classroom management skills and the ability to work effectively and enthusiastically with diverse student populations in an inclusive manner. 

Specific schedules: TBA

Status:                        Part-time; School Day hours


Start Date/End Date: Immediately-June 30, 2020 

                                  5-6 hours per day Tuesday-Friday

Reports to:                Director of School Outreach Program

Works Closely With: Director of School Outreach, Partner School staff, Chief Programming Officer

General Responsibilities:

  • Foster and leverage CMCB’s strong reputation as an extraordinary community music school to sustain current programming and to develop future opportunities for expansion and growth.
  • Ensure the highest level of programs and services that meets the needs of the communities we serve.
  • Be an active, knowledgeable and visible ambassador for CMCB in the community.
  • Maintain personal teaching schedule consistently.
  • Attend professional development workshops as scheduled throughout the year.
  • Attend a mid-year and year-end coaching conference with supervisor.
  • Respond within 48 business hours to requests for information from supervisors.
  • Submit monthly lesson plans and complete professional development related tasks.
  • Actively demonstrate departmental protocols and practices; demonstrate engagement with annual instructional focus and organizational goal alignment.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • When providing substitute coverage, execute lesson plans that engage students with diverse age-appropriate content in a creative manner.
  • Support our instructional goal of providing challenging, accessible, and motivating repertoire via multiple teaching modalities to create a comprehensive student-centered classroom experience for students.  
  • Manage student behaviors consistently in a proactive manner that mirrors school protocols and professional best practices.
  • Communicate and coordinate with teaching professionals in a way that builds productive professional relationships with both partner school staff and CMCB colleagues.
  • Support production of concert performances as assigned.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in Music, Performing Arts, Education or equivalent experience
  • Experience working with the arts, children and education
  • Experience teaching general music education in a classroom setting
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and success working with children
  • Commitment to cultural competency practices related to diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Energetic, reliable, independent, and flexible
  • Possesses excellent inter-personal communication skills & the ability to create positive workplace relationships
  • Able to work collaboratively with supervisors, colleagues and school staff
  • Must have a passion for both arts education & working with diverse urban students 

To Apply:

Please upload your resume and cover letter to:

Please direct the cover letter to: Lecolion Washington, Executive Director

Please no phone calls, emails or walk-ins

Community Music Center of Boston is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer