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Become A Music Teacher With Education Through Music-LA

Current Teaching Opportunities Available

Our Music Teacher Hiring Process

Do you want to make a difference in education? Take the first step and apply to teach music education with us. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in teaching demonstrations. Finalists will be interviewed individually.


Send us your resume, cover letter and references


Teaching Demonstration


Individual Interview

What We Offer Music Teachers

Attracting and retaining the very best teachers is core to our mission of providing high-quality music education at our partner schools. Education Through Music-Los Angeles is developing the talent of its teachers through programs and resources that deepen their knowledge and enhance their skills. ETM-LA offers programs that support teachers’ professional development ensuring their long-term success.

Optimal Placement

Placement in Los Angeles elementary and middle schools in need of quality music education.

Professional Development

Ongoing professional development, support and mentorship throughout the school year.

Make A Difference

Touch the lives of hundreds of kids and have the opportunity to make a difference in their community.

Your Own Program

You’ll be in charge of your program. You have the ability to build a sustainable music program from the ground up.

Start Immediately

Teach while securing certification (applying for and transferring from another state).

Alumni Network

A strong ETM-LA Alumni Network providing a supportive community of music educators.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ETM-LA?

The Education Through Music – Los Angeles program began in New York City. ETM-LA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the use of music in inner-city schools, as a means of enhancing students’ academic performance and general development. By providing year-long, in-school music education programs, ETM-LA makes music education a reality for thousands of children who would otherwise have limited or no exposure to the arts.

Our goal is not to make professional musicians, but to introduce all children to music using a skills-based, sequential curriculum. ETM-LA teaches music as a subject in its own right and also uses music as a tool to help children think, improve academic performance, enhance self-esteem and increase motivation for school. Our current activities focus on elementary, middle and K-8 schools.

How to I apply to be an ETM-LA music teacher?

To apply for a teaching position with ETM-LA, CLICK HERE.

Could this be a career?

Our long-term goal is to build sustainability in each of our partnerships and work towards getting ETM-LA teachers hired directly by the principals of the schools they are placed in.

How much should my kids know at the end of the semester?

This depends on how much previous music instruction the students have received. ETM-LA has created benchmarks of skills to be attained for each grade.

How am I evaluated?

Each ETM-LA Music Teacher receives informal observations from the program staff at least once a month. Formal observations are conducted twice a year. Observations focus on lesson planning, pacing, classroom management, student interaction, integration, etc.

About how much preparation is necessary to teach each week?

While this varies depending on background and training, it is not atypical, especially for beginning teachers, to spend an hour or more preparing each lesson plan, with a plan being required for each grade level. Thorough planning is critical to success in the classroom. Homework, worksheet, quizzes, projects and other assignments also take time to assess and record.

Is there summer work available?

ETM-LA’s in-school programs cease during July and August and in general, there is no work available for Music Teachers during that time. However, there are limited employment opportunities as workshop presenters at our summer trainings for some of the more seasoned and experienced Music Teachers.