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Strings Teaching Artist – POP Summer Program

Website 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, principally those from historically marginalized communities. During the months of June through August, POP opens its programming to students across the city of Philadelphia for a full-day summer program featuring music and arts programming. Students take a deeper dive into their music-making through choir, theory, studio classes, and chamber music classes, in addition to exploring other creative outlets such as dance, visual arts, physical education, and creative writing.


We are seeking Strings Teaching Artists for our Summer Program located at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance. Shifts will typically be between 8am – 1pm, exact classes and times to be determined.


Job Description

Teaching Artists (TA) 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 Summer Program, 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 the Summer Program Coordinator 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



  • You specialize in violin, viola, cello, or bass.
  • At least one year of formal music teaching experience with young people is preferred.
  • Experience with string pedagogy is preferred.
  • You can work occasional nights and weekends as required.


Salary Range

Salary is contingent upon class schedule and scope of work.

$2,800 – $3,800


Work Commitment

June 20 – July 31, 2023 (no program on July 4th)


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.

Tagged as: bass, camp, cello, education, music, strings, summer, viola, violin

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