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Music Teacher Mentor/Supervisor

Job Title: Music Teacher Mentor/Supervisor

Department: Programs

Date Completed/Updated: 07/05/16

Reports To: Program Director

FLSA status: Exempt

Position Status: FT

All ETM employees are expected to do the following when performing their respective jobs: 

  • Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision
  • Interact professionally with other employees, vendors and school stakeholders
  • Work effectively as a team contributor or assignments
  • Work independently while understanding the necessity for communication and coordinating work efforts with other employees, vendors and school stakeholders

Position Summary/Purpose. What is the overall objective of this position?

The primary role of the Music Teacher Mentor/Field Supervisor (“Mentor”) is to help develop music teachers to be the best that they can be. The most important job of the Mentor is designing an achievable plan to strengthen their teachers’ skills. The Mentor will coach music teachers to strengthen pedagogy according to the ETM-LA model while assisting them to effectively address the daily issues and challenges encountered in their music teaching duties. The Mentor guides music teachers in reflecting on their performance, setting professional goals, overcoming challenges and celebrating successes. Other responsibilities include (1) assisting with the management of school partnerships, including relationship and communications with school leadership; (2) developing music programs at partner schools; (3) facilitating professional development workshops for academic teachers and parent engagement workshops; and (4) contributing to ETM-LA’s professional development knowledge base, resources and overall teacher training capabilities.

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

  1. School On-Site Visits- 50% of time spent in this area
    • On-site visits to mentor music teachers as needed or directed (average 3 days/week)
    • Develop, maintain and document relationships with school principals via check-in visits
    • Track what equipment and resources are at the school, determine what is needed based on existing resources, the music teachers’ skills and teaching arrangement, and procure needed materials
    • Guide music teachers on navigating school environments and assimilating into school culture
    • Document details of school visits and what was accomplished at such visits (Bloomboard)
    • Document Music Teacher activities formally and informally through on-site observations focused on lesson planning, pedagogy, classroom management, classroom environment, age-appropriate content, integration, and assessment (Bloomboard)
    • Videotape and observe music teachers’ instruction and provide written and verbal feedback (Bloomboard)
    • Assist with communication of all policies as per the Music Teacher Handbook and music teachers’ compliance thereof
    • Conduct model teaching and team teaching
    • Assist music teachers with putting together substitute teacher folders
    • Provide music teacher class coverage as needed
  2. In-Office Mentoring Support- 25% of time spent in this area
    • Design an achievable professional development plan to strengthen their teacher’s skills, leveraging the individual teacher’s current skill set and capitalizing on their strengths (Bloomboard)
    • Provide actionable feedback to music teachers, identifying areas for growth and prioritizing feedback as necessary (Bloomboard)
    • Document their music teachers’ progress, share the personal development plan/progress of each assigned teacher with the Director of Programs, and track/influence the growth of the school music program (Bloomboard)
    • Assist, guide, and train music teachers in developing musical activities, lesson plans, curriculum, assessments strategies and producing performances based on ETM-LA benchmarks and ETM-LA training material (Planbook/Bloomboard)
    • Review music teachers’ lesson plans weekly before lessons are taught and provide feedback (Planbook)
    • Direct, guide, and recommend resources for music teachers to use in the classroom from the ETM-LA Resource Library and elsewhere
    • Review bulletin board requirements in Los Angeles County schools, communicate requirements to music teachers, and provide feedback to music teachers on an on-going basis
    • Support development and administration of skills assessment tests for students
    • Conduct small group mentoring sessions, providing agenda beforehand to Program Director
    • Gain proficiency in Planbook and Bloomboard, and guide music teachers in its set-up and usage
  3.  Operational Support- 10% of time spent in this area
    • Collect student work for the Assistant Program Director to provide to the Program and Development Departments
    • Collect class rosters, image releases, student grades and evaluation data for the Program and Development Departments
    • Track inventory and maintain resources in the ETM-LA Resource Center
    • Assist Program Director and Assistant Program Director with special projects
  4. Mentoring Instrumental Teachers (if applicable)- 10% of time spent in this area
    • Facilitate instrument rental nights by coordinating logistics, scheduling and follow-up
    • Guide music teachers on recruiting and reconciling inventory sheets
    • Facilitate and attend performances and events including Breakfast With The Band/Orchestra, Music Unites the World Festival, and community performances
    • Handle instrument repairs, returns and inventory
  5.  Other- 5% of time will be spent here
    • Complete other administrative and non-administrative tasks as assigned

Other Functions:

  • Lifting and moving musical equipment, materials, and supplies
  • Database entry, document creation , and management
  • Design and implementation of new projects and materials
  • General assistance at organizational events, including administrative tasks and managing students

Supervisory Responsibility, if any:

  • Supervision of up to 35 children in regular classroom activities and up to 200 for special events

Working Conditions:

  • Standard office environment and Los Angeles County public and parochial school classrooms.
  • Regular field travel required
  • Must have a car


MINIMUM Qualifications- the minimum level of education, experience and certifications acceptable for this position:

Education-  Bachelor Degree in Music Education with state certification; out of state considered (preferred not required)

Experience-  Two years primary or secondary classroom teaching experience

Specific skills– Vocal/instrumental performance capabilities

Specialized knowledge, licenses, etc.– Musical theory and notation literacy. Understanding of music pedagogy. Knowledge of specific musical repertoire and genres. Strong communication and inter-personal skills. Computer literate, including MS Office Suite.



Education– Master Degree

Experience– 5 years primary or secondary classroom teaching experience, preferably in the inner-city. Staff/project management.

Specific Skills– Advanced vocal and/or instrumental performance capabilities, particularly guitar, piano, and vocal. Choral/Instrumental Conducting.

Specialized knowledge, licenses, etc.– State teacher certification. Advanced practical understanding of music pedagogy, educational theory and child development. Additional certification, i.e., Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze and/or other music teaching pedagogies.


This job description is not intended to include an exhaustive list of activities or tasks. There may be additional responsibilities requested or assigned according to the needs of the business.