Early Childhood Department Chair

The Colburn School - Los Angeles, California

Job Category: Faculty

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Full Time

Compensation: $0

About Our Organization

The Colburn School’s philosophy is that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction. Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, unparalleled facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community.

Colburn traces its beginnings to a small preparatory school established by the University of Southern California in 1950 which offered piano lessons to school-aged children. In 1980, Richard D. Colburn’s California Foundation re-envisioned the school to further its efforts as an independent, not-for-profit institution. This created the Colburn Community School for Performing Arts, which ensured that children and adults throughout Los Angeles had an opportunity for exemplary performing arts education.

The Colburn Conservatory of Music was created in 2003 with a unique all-scholarship model, attracting the highest level of talent from around the world. Each student is admitted on the basis of talent and potential alone, and given full scholarship for tuition, room, and board. Conservatory students graduate debt-free and ready to embark on professional careers.

In 2008, Colburn added the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, a comprehensive dance program from beginning through pre-professional, including a Dance Academy that develops talented young dancers between the ages of 14 and 19 into professional dancers and artistic leaders. Two years later, the Colburn Music Academy was established as a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement.

To help prepare students for sustainable careers and nature the passion and ability to serve their communities, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact was created in 2018. Serving all units of the School, the Center promotes creative thinking among musicians and dancers in a supportive environment that embraces the development of new ideas.

Job Summary

The Colburn School of Performing Arts is seeking an experienced creative and engaging teacher of young children with a strong theoretical background. The candidate must be someone who is interested in providing ongoing mentorship to early childhood faculty (as needed) and oversight and development of curricula for early childhood classes from 7 months to 5.5 years old in a group setting. The successful candidate will be a team player who can relate to young children, parents and colleagues. 


  • Provide leadership for the Early Childhood department and supervise Early Childhood faculty as needed.
  • Teach and oversee sequential early childhood curricula and summer session in consultation with the Dean, Community School of Performing Arts.
  • Actively participate in recruiting new students to the Colburn School and work to foster relationships in the community.
  • Communicate and coordinate with other members of the Early Childhood department.
  • Assist with building the Class Schedule as needed with Community School administration.
  • Identify and create new curricula and review and update existing curricula to make it competitive and relevant for today.
  • Perform administrative tasks associated with students' attendance and performance records including student placement and oversight.
  • Communicate regularly and clearly with students/families on full scholarship providing mentorship and guidance as needed.
  • Work closely with Community School staff to give support and guidance to students as needed.
  • Communicate with parents/caregivers of children as needed.
  • Prepare and submit lesson plans as needed.
  • Prompt response to any administrative requests.
  • Listing of Colburn School teaching affiliation in all biographical materials.
  • Participate in activities such as, but not limited to, departmental and faculty meetings, Open House, and other public relation events and opportunities.
  • Other related duties as needed.  

Job Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Music.
  • At least 3 years teaching experience in Early Childhood music classes.
  • Ideally, Certification in Orff-Schulwerk, Levels I and II.
  • A high level of competence and knowledge of Early Childhood methodologies including but not limited to Orff-Schulwerk.
  • Have knowledge of child development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with very diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive, supportive team environment required.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • High level of competence in area of specialty.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organized.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

How to Apply

Apply at Early Childhood Department Chair