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Mentor Teacher Supervisor

Education Through Music-Los Angeles partners with disadvantaged schools with the mission to provide and promote music as part of the core curriculum for every child to enhance students’ academic achievement and overall development. ETM-LA seeks a full-time Mentor Teacher Supervisor (“Mentor”). The primary role of the Mentor is to help develop music teachers to be the best that they can be. The Mentor coaches 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 teaching duties. The Mentor guides music teachers in reflecting on their performance, setting professional goals, overcoming challenges and celebrating successes. Full-Time positions are available for the 2018-2019 school year.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Assist with the management of school partnerships, including relationship and communications with school leadership and overall development of music programs at partner schools.
  • Onsite visits to music teacher mentees (average 3 days/week).
  • Provide actionable feedback to music teachers and document their progress.
  • Design an achievable professional development plan to strengthen music teachers’ skills, leverage the individual teacher’s current skill set and capitalize on their strengths.
  • Assist, guide, and train music teachers in developing musical activities, lesson plans, curriculum, assessment strategies, and producing performances based on ETM-LA benchmarks and training materials.
  • Facilitate professional development workshops for academic teachers and parent engagement workshops.
  • Contribute to ETM-LA’s professional development knowledge base, resources, and overall training capabilities.
  • Successful candidates are required to attend paid mandatory training in August 2018 and throughout the school year. Trainings may include weekend days.

Additional Requirements

  • Regular local travel required to visit ETM-LA partner school locations within Los Angeles County. Must have a reliable car/vehicle.
  • Must have access to a personal computer.
  • Hiring is contingent upon the candidate completing a Livescan background check.


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in music education, music, or related field.
  • California Single Subject (Music) Teaching Credential or Clear Teaching Credential (or out-of-state equivalent).
  • Minimum three years of primary or secondary classroom teaching experience.
  • Expertise in choir, string orchestra, and/or band.
  • Excellent knowledge of music genres, music theory, and music reading skills.
  • Advanced conducting skills.
  • Basic keyboard or guitar skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Enjoy working with children and being part of a collaborative team with administrative staff, music teachers, and school community stakeholders.
  • Understanding of music pedagogy, educational theory, curriculum design, and child development.
  • Ability to think critically, creatively, and strategically.
  • Commitment to the mission of the organization.
  • Computer literate, including MS Office Suite.


  • Master’s degree in music education.
  • 5+ Years primary and/or secondary music teaching experience, preferably in the inner city.
  • Staff supervision and/or project management.
  • Additional certification in Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze, Music Learning Theory, Suzuki, or other music education methodology.
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English, particularly Spanish or Mandarin.

Required Documents: Cover letter (1 page), current resume (1 page), 3 professional references, and completed ETM-LA Application. Two (2) sample lesson plans from the following options: 1 elementary general music (grades K-2), 1 elementary general music (grades 3-5), or 1 middle school general music (grades 6-8), 1 elementary instrumental or choral ensemble rehearsal plan (grades 3-5), or 1 middle school instrumental or choral ensemble rehearsal plan (grades 6-8).

Email documents to Program Director Ryan Rowles: