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Music Theory Teaching Artist

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

Website Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids

Title: Music Theory Teacher

Department: OrchKids

Reports to: OrchKids Program Manager

Classification: Part-Time

Compensation: $50/hour

Location:  Baltimore, MD


  • Hours per week vary by site, roughly 35 weeks/year (September 2021 – mid-May.
  • Teaching hours take place after school Monday – Thursday between the hours of 2:30-7:00pm

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 OrchKids Music Theory Teaching Artist is a dynamic educator who teaches applied music theory to students in grades 2-12. The Music Theory Teaching Artist helps guide the theoretical understanding and development of all students/instruments across the program through group classes (15-20 students).

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, theory, and diverse 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, Senior Education Manager, and Director 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 Music Theory group classes in accordance with the Orchids theory curriculum outline and educational philosophy
    Develop, with support from OrchKids Director of Education, a year-long theory class scope and sequence plan based on the OrchKids music theory curriculum components
  • Regularly evaluate and modify year-long scope and sequence plan in order to best support students’ development and musical growth
  • Serve as a consistent and compassionate mentor to OrchKids students
  • Embrace OrchKids’ mission, goals, and guiding principles
  • Hold students to high artistic standards, applying music theory comprehension to their instrumental and ensemble skills
  • Assist with the implementation of systems, standards and evaluations related to student progress
  • Perform administrative duties essential to running one’s own classroom, including photocopying, room setup/breakdown, lesson planning, etc.
  • Supervise students during transitions and breaktime
  • Attend required concerts, meetings, events and professional development sessions
  • Actively incorporate into classes the perspectives, strategies, language, routines, and other pedagogical tools conveyed through the OrchKids professional development sessions
  • Maintain professional, prompt lines of communication with OrchKids staff
  • Creating substitute plans if there is a necessary absence
  • Additional tasks/responsibilities:
    • Copy necessary music/scores
    • Plan outside of class time (additional time included in salary)
      Supply requests/maintenance/managing classroom needs
    • Communicate with the team and respond to student nomination requests for outside musical opportunities
    • Respond to emails within 48 hours


  • Passion for working with youth and desire to serve as a role model to students.
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Considerable experience or qualifications to teach beginner – intermediate level music theory, preferably in a group setting
  • In-depth knowledge of music theory fundamentals, rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic notation, ear training exercises, and orchestral instrument transposition
  • Willingness to apply OrchKids’ approach to music-making through creative composition, improvisation and playing a variety of musical genres into music theory classes
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively with the Orchids team
  • 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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