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Violin Teaching Artist - Northside Chicago
Chicago, IL

The People's Music School

Job Title: Teaching Artist, Violin

Location: North Side Chicago

Start date: September 2024

Reports to: Program Manager
Organization Overview

The People’s Music School is Chicago’s oldest and largest completely free nonprofit music school, providing transformational music instruction to over 720 1st-12th students in Chicago. The school has a straightforward mission: to provide access to the transformational benefits of high-quality music instruction to youth who otherwise would not be able to afford it.  We focus our work in communities that have been systematically excluded and marginalized from receiving a high quality music education.

Through intensive instruction and performance, The People’s Music School’s students grow not only musically, but also socially, emotionally, and academically, developing a foundation of responsibility, self-esteem, resilience, and purpose. From putting an instrument in an aspiring young musician’s hand for the first time, to teaching students how to read and write music and perform in an ensemble, The People’s Music School provides opportunity and instruction at sites located in four Chicago communities: Uptown, Albany Park, Back of the Yards, and the Greater South Side. Students receive an average of four hours of instruction per week, at absolutely no cost, delivered by world-class teaching artists.


Job Summary

The People’s Music School is seeking experienced Violin instructors for its Northside Chicago neighborhood sites (Albany Park and/or Uptown Academy). The instructor will be responsible for small group lessons, private lessons, theory, and/or leading ensembles.



Are you intrigued by this job but don’t meet every single requirement? Please apply anyway! Research shows that women, people of color, and people from marginalized groups are less likely to apply for jobs when that’s the case. The People’s Music School is committed to an inclusive and authentic workplace, supporting colleagues with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Teaching and Instruction 90%

  • Deliver high-quality instruction to students in Grades 1st-12th (including theory and composition)
  • Act as a consistent and compassionate mentor to each student
  • Active participation in faculty meetings, adjudication of juries, and student performances
  • Actively incorporate into classes the pedagogical tools shared in Professional Development Meetings
  • Provide high-quality instruction which leads to excellence in student performance
Administrative Duties 10%
  • Provide assessment of students’ musical and behavioral progress
  • Collaborate with families, administrative staff, and other faculty
  • Timely correspondence with Program Manager, school staff, and parents
  • Create substitute lesson plans for necessary absences
  • Supervise students during transitions and breaktime
  • Ability to be prompt, responsive, and professional in all aspects of work
  • Assist with other projects as assigned


Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in music education or performance or equivalent experience/training
  • A high level of personal musicianship which includes knowledge of music theory in addition to performing ability
  • Prior experience teaching specified instrument to children of different ages and ability levels
  • Experience working with children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Willingness to continuously learn and evolve teaching practices to meet the needs of TPMS students; flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to create a positive learning environment for all students
  • Ability to travel via car or navigate public transportation to all locations
  • Ability to work during specified program hours
    • Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
  • Self-motivated and unflappable; ability to work effectively in a busy school environment
  • Knowledge of a diversity of repertoire appropriate for the age level and ability level of the students taught
  • Belief in our transformative mission is a must
  • Demonstrate a commitment to TPMS core values

Compensation (hourly)

Base rates range from $47-$60 per hour based on class type


For more information about The People’s Music School, please visit:

The People’s Music School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, physical or mental disability or any other protected status in admission or access to, or employment in its programs and activities.


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Salary: $47-$60 per hour
Important: Must be authorized to work in the U.S.A
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