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Latino Cultural Arts – Music Teacher

Dear Latino Cultural Arts – Music Teachers,

Thank you for your interest in the Harmony Project.

Please review this job description and requirements and apply by submitting the following application documents to

– Resume or summary of experience
– Brief cover letter highlighting your teaching experience, specifically in playing/leading mariachi or banda ensembles, and any experience in community-based music programs, especially with beginner/intermediate players
– References will be requested after the initial application.

The selected candidate will be required to undergo an orientation and background check, including fingerprinting. This position is available to start either in January or August 2024. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to meeting you.

Focus: To teach beginner-level mariachi or banda music to high school students, build trust and community, and ensure the acquisition of foundational musical, social, and emotional skills.

Hours:  During the week, schedule to be determined (flexible) about 3-5 hours per week.

Reports To: Harmony Project Oakland Program Executive, Suzanna Sitomer

Role and Responsibilities

1) Strive to create programming that is culturally responsive and community-based, aligning with Harmony Project’s mission.

2) Provide mariachi OR banda music instruction, which may involve virtual as well as in-person teaching, to high school students at the beginner and/or intermediate levels.

3) Teaching

– Collaboratively plan with and receive feedback from HP staff AND students and families
– Contribute to and implement a curriculum that is holistic and responsive and takes into account our students’ mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing
– Incorporate lesson planning that highlights our students’ diasporas
– Prioritize musical language fluency through various methods over conservatory approaches, including improvisation and composition
– Introduce students to the historical and cultural significance of mariachi or banda music, creating connections to their heritage and wider musical contexts
– Creatively teach twice-weekly group lessons (schedule to be determined)
– Prepare students and create content for culminating events such as concerts and gatherings

4) Progress Check-in Assessments

– Build relationships and create community with parents and students, ensuring they are notified of their children’s musical progress
– Identify student struggles early and create a plan to address the issue
– Regularly communicate with HP staff

5) Professional Responsibilities

– Maintain attendance records
– Maintain contact with families
– Plan and co-teach with fellow teaching artist(s)
– Execute additional administrative tasks as necessary

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