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General Music and/or Choir Teacher

The Music Teacher – General Music and/or Choir works closely with the Director of Programs as well as the Director of Community Affairs and Partnerships to ensure effective music education on a daily basis. Responsibilities include planning and implementing a comprehensive, sequential and standards-based music curriculum according to the ETM-LA model that serves all students and teaches musical literacy, practical musical skills, content knowledge, transferable skills and higher order thinking; leading meaningful performances in which students can apply learned skills and knowledge; building a music program that becomes an indispensable part of school culture and identity which connects to the broader school community.


Job Description:


Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and teach engaging, differentiated, age appropriate, grade specific music lessons with a clear and concise aim, based on the ETM-LA benchmarks
  • Guide student behavior and class management to maintain an optimal learning environment
  • Create an online environment that is visually engaging, responsive to student needs and organized
  • Serve as the in-school music faculty and will be the primary representative of ETM-LA’s mission at the assigned school site(s)
  • Collaborate with academic teachers to integrate arts with the Common Core State Standards and throughout the school’s curriculum and culture
  • Responsible for preparing and delivering all essential functions of the music program
  • Prepare weekly standards – based lesson plans aligned to ETM-LA benchmarks
  • Provide a positive and safe learning environment by establishing a clear and consistent classroom management plan according to ETM-LA training and school site policy
  • Commit to growing as a music teacher in order to be culturally responsive to our students and communities
  • Facilitate after-school music programs (where applicable)
  • Work with ETM-LA’s administrative staff to assess the program and are required to attend mandatory paid training sessions throughout the year
  • Attend professional development trainings
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree (for internship, rising seniors at the undergraduate level acceptable)
  • Experience in music classroom teaching in general music and/or choir with evidence of success
  • Experience teaching groups of 15 or more elementary-and middle-school aged students
  • Experience and/or training in Orff, Kodály and/or Dalcroze strongly desired
  • Possession of California single subject teaching credential in music or out of state equivalent preferred
  • Master’s degree in music education desired
  • Access to a secured network and a laptop or PC to provide distance learning is highly preferred
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License is preferred
  • Bi-lingual a plus (especially Spanish or Chinese)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and proven music skill/ability in voice, musical theater, and/or instrumental (Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Orchestral Strings)
  • Specialized knowledge of specific musical repertoire and genres, particularly choral
  • Possess excellent music reading skills
  • Have excellent stage presence, oral and written communication
  • Possess strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Proficient in online learning platforms (Zoom, Google Classroom, RingCentral, etc.)
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work well and enjoy working with children and being part of a collaborative team with other music teachers and school faculty
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Strive and remain committed to the mission of the organization


Physical Abilities:

  • Lift and move musical equipment, materials and supplies
  • Clean the music room
  • Maintain inventory and secure classroom instruments, including ukuleles, guitars, replacing drum heads, proper storage, etc.


Pay & Work Schedule:

  • Teaching rate anticipated average hiring range (in-school): $30.00-$45.00 per hour; (after-school): $50.00 per hour. Dependent upon qualifications and experience; $25.00 per hour for lesson planning and training
  • Successful candidates will receive paid training in pedagogy, lesson planning and classroom management
  • Hours: Part-Time; 8:00 AM-3:00 PM [number of hours worked per week will vary dependent upon assigned school site(s)]


General Information:

  • Interested candidates should submit a one-page cover letter (400 words maximum) and a one-page current resume, along with the following:
    • Two (2) sample lesson plans: one general music lesson (Grades K, 1 or 2); one general music lesson (Grades 3, 4 or 5)
    • Names and contact information of three (3) professional references
    • Employment application 
    • Copy of Transcript (Official Transcripts may be required upon hire) and Credential Copy (if applicable)

  • A live scan must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the live scan may affect the application status of applicants
  • TB Test mandate. Failure to satisfactorily complete the TB Test with certificate of tuberculosis clearance may affect the application status of applicants
  • COVID-19 vaccine mandate (dependent upon school district)
  • The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements as a condition of employment


Equal Employment Opportunity:

ETM-LA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


*Submit application via e-mail to Director of Programs, Dr. Franklin Gómez at: Please include in the Subject Line: ETM-LA Music Teacher Position