Satellite Percussion Teaching Artist

School Outreach

Close Date
23 Sep 2019

Summary of Position:

Community Music Center of Boston is seeking a dynamic Percussion teaching artist for a partnership with St. Theresa of Avilla School’s after-school program. The teaching artist will lead a creative instrumental program for grades K-6. As part of a comprehensive partnership effort, Community Music Center of Boston artistic staff will provide support in terms of curriculum design, professional development and supervision. 

Title:                           Percussion Teaching Artist

Status:                        Part-Time


Start/End Date:         September 2019 - June 2020

Teaching schedule:    2:30pm-3:30pm Mondays & Wednesdays 

Reports to:                Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager  

Works Closely With: Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager, Chief Programming Officer, Registrar & Assistant Registrar, St. Theresa Faculty & Staff


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Teach 1 hour Returning Percussion Class on Mondays and 1 hour Beginning Percussion Class on Tuesdays.
  • Engage groups of students and promote a sense of teamwork in an encouraging and structured environment.
  • Plan age-appropriate lessons and rehearsals that meet the needs of students.
  • Employ repertoire that engage multiple teaching modalities.
  • Manage student behaviors consistently in a proactive manner that mirrors school protocols.
  • Communicate with and coordinate with partner agency staff to create a comprehensive curriculum and classroom experience for students.
  • Work towards culminating performances that showcases student learning.

Core Competencies:

1. Accountability for Student Achievement:

  • Sets ambitious learning goals for all students, creates cognitively demanding tasks, and models the belief that that all students can master challenging material through effective effort.
  • Passionate and optimistic about their students, their content, and the teaching profession  

2. Communicating Content Knowledge:

  • Demonstrates mastery content pedagogy.
  • Demonstrates understanding of cross-curricular connections.
  • Can convey content in a creative and engaging ways that aligns with standards.

3. Equitable & Effective Instruction

  • Scaffolds and differentiates instruction in order for all students to do complex thinking and rigorous academic work.
  • Uses instructional practices that are likely to challenge, motivate, and engage all students and facilitate equitable, active student participation.
  • Builds a productive learning environment where every student participates and is valued in the class community.

4. Cultural Proficiency:

  • Actively creates and maintains an environment in which students’ diverse backgrounds, identities, strengths, and challenges are respected
  • Engages with families and builds collaborative, respectful relationships with them in service of student learning
  • Able to communicate as needed with families regarding tuition, schedule changes and dismissal.
  • Safely execute dismissal procedures on a daily basis

5. Parent/Family Engagement:

  • Engages with families and builds collaborative, respectful relationships with them in service of student learning
  • Able to communicate as needed with families regarding tuition, schedule changes and dismissal.

6. Professional Reflection & Collaboration:

  • Regularly reflects on practice, seeks and responds to feedback, and demonstrates self-awareness and commitment to continuous learning and development
  • Seeks to participate in and contribute to a collaborative adult learning community

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum undergraduate degree in Music, Performing Arts, Education or equivalent experience
  • Interest and experience working with the arts, children and education
  • Music teaching experience in an urban public school classroom setting
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience working with elementary school aged children
  • Energetic, reliable, independent, and flexible
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work collaboratively with supervisors and colleagues
  • Must have a passion for both arts education & working with diverse urban youth
  • Strong command of responsive classroom management skills and the ability to work effectively with inner-city student populations who have experienced some degree of trauma.
  • Ability to adapt the goals and curriculum of our program to best utilize their own skill specialties, as well as meet the interests and abilities of the students.

To Apply:

Please upload your resume to:

If attaching a cover letter, please direct to:

Marie Tai, Chief Operating Officer

Community Music Center of Boston is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer