Join Our Teaching Artist Faculty
Thank you for your interest in becoming a teaching artist with The Music Center. We have a limited number of openings for teaching artists in our school programs each year. If you are currently working in your arts discipline, have experience educating students through the arts, and are available to teach in K-12 classrooms in Los Angeles County, we encourage you to apply. Experience working with K-12 students and teachers is essential.
Before applying, please review the education programs and services offered by The Music Center, found here. In accordance with The Music Center’s standard of excellence, artists teaching in schools should display artistic merit appropriate to their art form and an effective teaching style. Please refer to the below artist criteria.
Music Center Teaching Artist Criteria
We Are Looking for Experienced Teaching Artists Who:
- Possess a love and respect for children from all backgrounds.
- Have excellent communication skills.
- Possess a thorough knowledge, understanding, and passion for their art form.
- Know how to collaborate with classroom teachers in working toward shared learning outcomes.
- Have significant experience teaching their art form to K-12 students.
- Are familiar with the VAPA Standards and Common Core State Standards, as appropriate to teaching their art form.
- Have good classroom management skills, including the ability to effectively involve the entire classroom in art-making activities.
- Can receive constructive feedback to strengthen their teaching skills.
- Have reliable transportation and are punctual.
- Are able to pass a background check and a TB test.
- Are able to supply a social security number, Tax ID, or proof of authorization to work in the United States.
Interviews & Auditions
We interview teaching artists and observe their work in the classroom before they are accepted onto The Music Center’s teaching artist faculty. Following an interview, the teaching artist may be selected to lead a demonstration lesson in a school, which will be observed by Music Center staff. The grade level of the classroom will be appropriate to the teaching artist’s experience. If there is a match between the artist's and The Music Center's needs, the artist will be invited to join the teaching artist faculty.
Once accepted onto The Music Center’s teaching artist faculty, teaching artists are enrolled in a 5-session training course led by a Music Center master teaching artist. Participants explore best practices in arts education, develop and refine their lesson outlines, and learn about The Music Center’s approach to teaching in and through the arts. Teaching artist training is typically held in the fall. Teaching artists are paid for their participation.
How to Apply
To apply as a teaching artist with The Music Center, please email Keith Wyffels, Manager of Professional Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Please attach the following to your email:
- A cover letter, including a brief description of your classroom workshops
- A resume / CV
- One or more lesson plans (see attached template)
- The contact information for three references who can speak to your work in schools
Please attach PDF files and do not send any of the above documents as text in the body of the email
Download Teaching Artist Lesson Plan Template >