Teaching Artists for Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Violoncello

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra - Philadelhpia, Pennsylvania

Job Category: Teaching Artist

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Contract

Compensation: $50 per hour for After-school Group Class instruction

About Our Organization

Program Mission:
The mission of PYO Music Institute’s (PYOMI) Tune Up Philly-Orchestral Pathways Program offers programming in under-served neighborhoods by keeping children engaged in success through weekday out-of-school hours music instruction. Through its Tune Up Philly program, PYOMI organization believes and demonstrates annually that music education is a powerful vehicle for children to master skills that will enable them to acquire valuable tools for cooperative learning, teamwork, academic success and self-esteem.

Job Summary

Employment Offerings:

  • Performances at the Kimmel Center and Temple’s Performing Arts Center
  • Full Calendar year of contracted teaching commitments
  • Develop opportunities to increase your visibility and influence in the performing arts
  • Learn from a core group of experienced educators in effective urban approaches and networking throughout the PYOMI calendar of operations and professional development


  • Coordinate with program faculty to meet student learning benchmarks and carry out shared pedagogical approaches - Develop creative and challenging lesson plans in advance of daily classes with two staff meetings per month at PYOMI offices in Rittenhouse Square. - Learn, understand, and represent the program’s philosophies of uplifting youths, families, and communities through the pursuit of musical excellence
  • Lead group classes for students in grades 2nd and up, assist with ensemble rehearsals and program events - Participate in program events such as professional development and concerts
  • Have the ability to solely manage a classroom of students and commitment to a calendar year
  • Have the ability to report directly to Tune Up Philly director and respond to all correspondence in a timely fashion

Job Qualifications & Requirements

  • Passion for music and the arts as a vehicle for positive social change
  • Excellent musicianship
  • At least two years teaching experience with beginners and in group classes - Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team - Ability to be flexible and capable of working in challenging environments
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills - Strong knowledge of standard music pedagogy - Ability to oversee groups of children and teenagers - Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required; post-graduate degree, certifications, or equivalent experience a plus - Experience teaching more than one instrument a plus
  • Must have up to date FBI, PA Police Background and Pennsylvania Childline clearances dated 2018
  • Experience teaching in urban under resourced communities a plus

Additional Details


$50 per hour for After-school Group Class instruction

How to Apply

Please send a resume with references and cover letter to Paul Smith, Director of Tune Up Philly, at: PSmith@PYOMusic.org. For more information, visit www.PYOMusic.org.