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Choir Teaching Artist
Philadelphia, PA

Play On Philly

About Play On Philly

Play On Philly (POP) is a non-profit organization that provides daily, after-school music instruction to over 300 K-12 students. We work in communities that historically have had little or no access to formal music education.

We are seeking a Choir Teaching Artist (TA) for our Music Center locations in West Philadelphia. This Teaching Artist will lead choral classes while working on repertoire, strengthening aural skills, and encouraging musicianship that ultimately supports students’ progress on their instruments and orchestral growth.


Job Description

Teaching Artists  work collaboratively and independently to ensure students are making steady progress on their instruments, music literacy skills, and repertoire and can manage their class to create a safe, welcoming, and rigorous environment in their classrooms and at their Music Centers, at-large. All POP TAs are responsible for encouraging students to adhere to the POP rules and guidelines for student citizenship.
This role is supervised by one of our Program Coordinators and works in partnership with the Program Manager, Music Director, and other POP TAs. As POP team members, TAs actively participate in professional development and continued education to cultivate and hone their teaching skills. We are looking for lifelong learners, and collaboratively natured individuals who enjoy and have experience working with school-aged children (1st – 8th grades), are creative, and can problem-solve and multi-task.


A successful candidate:

  • You are passionate about music education.
  • You are calm under pressure.
  • You have experience with teaching groups of five or more students at once.
  • You are excited to serve a community through music.
  • You are open to collaboration and feedback


  • At least one year of formal music teaching experience with young people.
  • You can work occasional nights and weekends as required.


Salary Range

$8,500 – $9,000 for the Winter Spring session (January – May)

Salary is contingent upon class schedule and scope of work.


Work Commitment

January 3, 2024 – May 24, 2024.

(There will be no program during the week of March 25th.)

The schedule below is an estimate of the hours for this position.

  • St. Francis de Sales School: Mondays and Thursdays, 2:30pm – 5:15pm
  • St. Rose of Lima School: Tuesdays 1:30pm – 4:15pm, Fridays 2:30pm – 5:15pm

(On Fridays, this role will be supporting music ensemble groups)


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

POP is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and is actively trying to attract a wide pool of candidates. Discrimination against race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information is both illegal and against our organization’s values. As part of our Commitment to Cultural Equity and Anti-Racism, POP is working to understand who is applying to our open positions. Your responses will help us to evaluate and improve our current practices. If you feel comfortable volunteering your demographic details strictly for informational purposes, you will be invited to respond to the optional section in the job application.


Our Community

POP is rooted in the community of Philadelphia. We welcome all applicants and invite our local community members to apply. We want to hear from you!

In lieu of a cover letter, please be prepared to answer the following questions: [250 word maximum per response]

  • Why are you interested in POP?
  • What do you like about working with children or young adults?
  • Tell us about a teacher or role model who really influenced you.
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