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  • Full Time
  • Salinas, CA
  • Salary: $40,000-$50,000 dependent on experience
  • Must be able to legally work in the US.

Website YOSAL (Youth Orchestra Salinas)

Transforming the lives of Salinas youth through music

Essential Functions: 

As the YOSAL Low Strings Specialist, responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Collaborating regularly with YOSAL Directors and other teaching staff to create and implement a shared curriculum, pedagogy, community, and culture inspired by the ideals of El Sistema and YOSAL: Social Change Through Music
  • Teaching low strings sectionals – during & after school
  • Teaching low strings group classes to YOSAL students; occasionally leading all strings
  • Teaching beginning and intermediate group instrumental classes of up to 15 students, ranging from elementary through high school
  • Team-teaching and leading creative ensemble classes
  • Leading group rehearsals and/or assisting Music Director in full orchestra, choir, or ensemble rehearsals of 25+ children; tuning instruments, playing in the section, collaborating with YOSAL Directors and staff
  • Communicating regularly with YOSAL staff in order to holistically understand each child
  • Attending music pedagogy and professional development sessions and workshops as available
  • Implementing behavior plans, policies, goals, etc., for all students as set by YOSAL, and communicating with parents and YOSAL assistant staff, as needed
  • Preparation and regular communication with Teaching Artists, Directors, parents and the YOSAL team
  • Supervising/assisting students during snack, homework time, breaks and other activities, on- and off-site
  • Local travel, as well as evening and weekend availability
  • Designing and implementing an approved curriculum for YOSAL students in person and/or via Google Meet and Google Classroom if necessary
  • Creating lessons for YOSAL students on a weekly basis
    Lessons to include: Planned orchestral repertoire, etudes, repertoire, technique instruction, specific assignments, as well as any other instructions or assignments given by Executive Director, Music Director, or Program Director; video tutorials if necessary.
  • Scheduling and conducting private lessons (at the discretion of Directors)
  • Participating in any YOSAL Teaching Artist group discussions and Google Classes
  • Attending staff meetings
  • Checking YOSAL emails (and/or turning on Gmail notifications for your phone) and responding regularly (within 12 hours on work days)
  • Communicating with Program Director and administrative team regarding students’ progress and behavior
  • Reporting any and all student issues to Program Director and Administration
  • Teaching for YOSAL’s summer academy partnership (COJAC) or equivalent
  • Other duties as assigned

As a YOSAL Artist, responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Public performances throughout Salinas as a representative of YOSAL
  • Outreach concerts and presentations at YOSAL and throughout Salinas
  • Including schools, farmers markets, local businesses, etc.
  • Researching outlets for performance and outreach opportunities
  • Scheduling community performances and outreach events
  • Rehearsing with other YOSAL Artists
  • Educational concerts
  • Other duties as assigned

Please note:

As a YOSAL Artist, all performances, whether affiliated with YOSAL or not, must be approved by the Executive Director. YOSAL Artists must act as representatives of YOSAL in all performances, regardless of venue, organization, or event.


  • Demonstrated excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher and performer
  • Ability to teach cello and double bass to first year students
  • Effective classroom management techniques
  • Strong and passionate commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music, and the mission and goals of YOSAL
  • Passion and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents and peers as an artist, teacher and citizen
  • Punctuality, professionalism, and commitment to excellence
  • Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent professional experience; post-graduate degree or equivalent experience a plus
  • Strong knowledge of standard music pedagogy
  • Experience teaching beginning/intermediate students of various ages (elementary through high school) in individual and group settings
  • Experience leading and conducting ensembles
  • Strong knowledge of all levels of classical, traditional, and contemporary repertoire, curriculum, and pedagogy
  • Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds; experience working in underserved communities
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to get along well with diverse groups of people and be respectful of students, staff, parents, and board alike
  • Ability to work well on a team and in a high-pressure, multi-tasking environment
  • Local travel, as well as evening and weekend availability
  • Must be able to clear a DOJ/FBI Fingerprint Check, as well as a TB Skin Test
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus

Inquiry & Application: 

Please contact:

Ameena Maria Khawaja

Executive Director

In your email, please include the following:

Cover letter
Two references

El Sistema USA/Salinas, Inc., dba The Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL), is a non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of our youth and communities through the inspiration, discipline, and performance of orchestral and ensemble music. Founded in the summer of 2010, YOSAL is an El Sistema-inspired orchestral and choral education program. Under the direction of YOSAL Teaching Artists and coaches from the Monterey Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival, students from first grade through high school engage in weekly practice and music classes after school, perform regularly on stage as a member of one of the orchestras, choirs, or one of several music ensembles. They learn to be responsible citizens and develop interpersonal and collaborative skills as their self-confidence grows. Working with local school boards and social organizations, YOSAL is a tuition-free program and operates year-round. Surveys have shown that YOSAL students benefit from improved study habits, improved grades, better relationships both at home and in school, and improved self-esteem and confidence.

The Mission of Youth Orchestra Salinas (YOSAL) is to transform the lives of our youth and our communities through the inspiration, discipline, and performance of classical and orchestral music.

An Equal Opportunity Employer
YOSAL does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, actual or perceived race, actual or perceived gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. YOSAL complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability.

To learn more about the organization visit us online at

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