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Music Teacher Mentor I

The Music Teacher Mentor I will be a full-time, non-exempt employee. The Music Teacher Mentor I will report to the Director of Programs and will work closely with the Director of Programs, Instructional Supervisors, and the Director of Community Affairs & 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; mentoring emerging practitioners and interns; providing guidance, support, and continuous assessment to interns for their professional development and improvement in the teaching-learning process; supporting culturally responsive teaching and professional development; building a music program that becomes an indispensable part of school culture and identity which connects to the broader school community.


Job Description:


Essential Functions which must be performed/completed to achieve the objectives of this position:

Music Teaching Functions

  • Prepare and teach engaging, differentiated, age-appropriate, grade specific music lessons with a clear and concise aim, based on the ETM-LA benchmarks, where students understand what is expected of them to be successful.
  • Produce a minimum of two school-wide concerts (Winter & Spring) in which all students perform two to three pieces of music, respectively. This includes managing all logistics – sound, lighting, staging, etc.
  • Manage student behavior to maintain an optimal learning environment that is orderly, productive, free of unnecessary distractions, respectful and safe.
  • Assess and record student progress toward learning goals based on the ETM benchmarks. This includes the use of formal rubrics customized to measure comprehension/learning for various specific lesson plans.
  • Create and maintain a classroom that is print-rich, visually engaging, neat, organized and welcoming. This can possibly include a music content specific bulletin board that is changed once per month.
  • Develop and implement specific classroom procedures and routines by which students understand and demonstrate what is expected and how they may interact with others to participate successfully. This includes the consistent use of seating charts, posters and rules and consequences.
  • Participate in ETM-LA Institute training sessions and proactively pursue professional development by utilizing and applying ETM-LA Institute content, concepts, and resources. These trainings occur throughout the year in the summer, fall, winter, and spring. It is your responsibility to plan accordingly to be in attendance. *Specific dates (TBD)
  • Commit to growing as a music teacher in order to be culturally responsive to our students and communities.
  • Timely, responsive, and constructive communication in person and through phone/email with ETM-LA and school staff.
  • Present parent and academic workshops at your school site as needed.
  • Complete timecard daily.



  • Provide support to Music Teacher (MT) Interns in classroom management, music pedagogy, and instructional growth and development. 
  • Guide and train MT Interns in developing musical activities, lesson plans, curriculum, assessments strategies and assisting with performances based on ETM-LA benchmarks and ETM-LA training materials.
  • Review lesson plans with MT Interns in the field prior to implementation in the classroom. 
  • Advise and discuss with MT Interns on proper introductory maintenance and tracking of instruments/equipment (inventory).
  • Assist with presenting professional development workshops and related support to academic teachers.
  • Assist with advising MT Interns on being culturally responsive to school environments.
  • Provide ongoing video recordings of MT Intern activities and demo lessons to assist the Instructional Supervisor’s evaluation and progress of the MT Intern.
  • Assist the Instructional Supervisor by providing written and verbal feedback of the overall MT Intern’s progress.


Other Functions:

  1. Lifting and moving musical equipment, materials and supplies.
  2. Cleaning the music room.
  3. Using Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Calendar, MS Word, Excel and other software to create concert programs and instructional materials.
  4. Regular use of email to communicate with ETM-LA staff.
  5. Maintain, inventory and secure classroom instruments, including tuning ukuleles, guitars, replacing drum heads, proper storage, etc.
  6. General assistance at organizational events, including administrative tasks and managing students.
  7. Leading other school-based musical events.


Supervisory Responsibility, if any:
Supervision of up to but not limited to 35 students for regular classroom activities and up to 200 students for special events.


Working Conditions:
School environment located throughout Los Angeles County. Must use your own vehicle, or have reliable transportation, for work purposes other than driving to and from work (such as running errands for work).




Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education or related field. State teacher certification is a plus, specifically a state certification in California.
  • 3 years primary or secondary classroom teaching experience required.
  • 1 year minimum of mentorship experience.
  • Additional certification, i.e., Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze and/or other music teaching pedagogies preferred.
  • Experience in vocal or instrumental performance capabilities, basic guitar or piano.
  • Experience in Choral/Instrumental Conducting preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic practical understanding of music pedagogy, educational theory, and child development.
  • Knowledge of specific musical repertoire and genres. 
  • Knowledge/experience with under-resourced Los Angeles communities, educational theory, and child development. 
  • Exceptional communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills. 
  • Computer literate, including MS Office Suite.


Pay & Work Schedule

  • Salary Range: $48,000-$60,000, commensurate with education and experience. This is a Full-Time, salaried, non-exempt position
  • Benefits include: health, dental, vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan opportunities.
  • Location of Office: Burbank, CA


General Information:

  • Applications received through April 1, 2024, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.To apply, complete the Employment Application and attach the following documents:
    1. One page cover letter
    2. One page resume
    3. Names and Contact Info of three (3) professional references
    • 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



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