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Early Childhood Musicianship Teaching Artist

  • Part Time
  • Baltimore, MD
  • $50/hr USD / Year
  • Salary: $50/hr

Website Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids

Title: Early Childhood Musicianship Teacher

Department: OrchKids

Reports to: OrchKids Early Childhood Education Manager

Classification: Part-Time

Compensation: $50/hour

Location:  Baltimore, MD


  • 10 – 15 hrs/week
  • September 2022 – May 2023
  • Monday – Friday, during school hours (9:00am-2:00pm)

There are jobs, and then there are jobs where you get to make a difference. Members of our dedicated OrchKids team know how excellent music education can create pathways to success and transform lives. As we continue to grow, nurture, and expand our programming, we strive to build our team with dedicated and experienced individuals who wish to share the power of music with our exceptional students.

Organizational Summary:

OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to foster social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City’s least-resourced neighborhoods and schools. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic assistance, performance, and mentorship opportunities, as well as meals and connection to social services at no cost to our families. Currently OrchKids works with nine public schools in Baltimore City, serving children from Pre-K through 12th grade. OrchKids is an acknowledged leader in the El Sistema-inspired and social-change through music movement throughout the world.

Job Summary:

The Musicianship Teaching Artist is a dynamic educator who teaches early childhood music and movement classes to students in elementary school, primarily kindergarten through 2nd grade (typically in classes of 15-25 students). Musicianship classes incorporate materials, practices, repertoire, and activities drawing from methods including Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Gordon, etc.

The OrchKids educational philosophy focuses on student-centered learning, evidence-based teaching practices relevant to our students’ lives, creation and improvisation, inclusion, student voice and agency, and ensemble music-making. This methodology aims to promote synchronicity and community as well as simultaneously cultivating high artistic instrumental skills (i.e. technique, learning challenging repertoire) and fostering creativity (e.g. improvisation and composition).

OrchKids supports the professional development of all our teaching artists by providing compensated and mandatory training on topics including trauma-informed teaching, classroom routines and practices, implicit bias and racism within the context of Baltimore City, and other pedagogical resources. Support and feedback is also provided through teacher observation, reflection meetings, and regular communication with Program Managers, Director of Education, and Manager of Programs. OrchKids Teaching Artists also have the opportunity to participate in a number of student concerts and partake in our unique Collective Composition workshops, during which we work with our students to create and perform new, original music.

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Teach musicianship group classes in accordance with OrchKids culturally responsive curriculum and trauma-informed educational philosophy
  • Serve as a consistent and compassionate mentor to OrchKids students
  • Hold students to high artistic standards, cultivating both their technical and ensemble skills
  • Embrace OrchKids’ mission, goals, and guiding principles
  • Actively incorporate into classes the perspectives, strategies, language, routines, and other pedagogical tools conveyed through the OrchKids professional development sessions
  • Plan outside of class time (additional time compensated)
  • Submit monthly content goals in provided scope & sequence template
  • Creating substitute plans if there is a necessary absence
    Attend required concerts, meetings, events and professional development sessions
  • Other Tasks & Responsibilities:
    • Maintain professional, prompt lines of communication with OrchKids staff — respond to emails within 48 hours.
    • Perform administrative duties essential to running one’s own classroom, including photocopying, room setup/breakdown, lesson planning, etc.
    • Supply requests/maintenance/managing classroom needs
    • Be a representative of OrchKids, work with admin team to cultivate a strong, positive culture around OrchKids programming at assigned site
    • Collaborate with the program team to maintain strong lines of communication with school partners (principal, teachers, staff, etc.)


  • Passion for working with youth and desire to serve as a positive role model to students
  • Experience working with groups of young children (pre-k through 3rd grade) in educational activities involving music, movement, and singing
  • Familiarity with a wide range of early childhood music pedagogical methods including Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Gordon, etc.
  • High level of musicianship and comfortability with singing
  • Comfort with an accompaniment instrument (piano, guitar, ukulele, etc.)
  • Training in early childhood music highly preferred, but not required
  • Strong classroom management and student group-leading skills
  • Willingness to jump in and embrace OrchKids’ approach to music-making through creative composition, improvisation and playing a variety of musical genres
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively within the OrchKids team and Musicianship department
  • Punctuality, professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills

COVID Requirements:

Must have an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status and submit proof of vaccination
(From A person is up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination if they have received all recommended doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible. Getting a second booster is not necessary to be considered up to date at this time.)

  • Follow OrchKids Standard Operating Procedures as they develop based on the current guidance from the Baltimore City, Baltimore City Public Schools, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
  • Participate in all COVID-19 protocol trainings and support its enforcement during programming

OrchKids Principles of Inclusion:

BSO OrchKids believes in the principles of diversity and inclusion for students and all parties involved in the program regardless of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status. We are proud to serve students of all backgrounds and abilities and our expectation is that all students will be treated equally, nurtured to ensure their success and we will meet them where they are. As a team, we expect and are prepared to make reasonable accommodations to address and support differences in learning styles, behaviors, and cultural differences. Our expectation is also that we treat all parties involved in BSO OrchKids (teaching artists, staff, school staff, families, community members, etc.) with respect and in accordance with our principles of inclusion.

The Baltimore Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, differing physical abilities, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

How to Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to No phone calls.

Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and candidates will be contacted based on openings and qualifications.  Finalists will be asked to demonstrate teaching and rehearsal skills in the interview. Should a position no longer be available at the time of the candidate’s interview, they may be asked to be listed on the OrchKids substitute teacher list.

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