El Sistema Colorado provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in musical arts within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education, and strengthen their communities. El Sistema provides access to exceptional music education in order to promote youth development. Central to El Sistema Colorado’s plan is to build, with community partners, youth orchestras and choirs in underserved communities throughout Denver and Colorado.
Teaching Artists will work closely with the Lead Teaching Artist in designing engaging and effective curriculum and activities for brass, strings, woodwinds, or choral music. He or she will take on a critical leadership role within the program.
Teaching Assistants will support Teaching Artists, lead instrument specific sectionals, and collaborate with other El Sistema Colorado faculty. He or she will take on a critical supportive role.
Responsible for leading beginning pedagogy for El Sistema Colorado’s partner Title I Denver Public Schools located in the Globeville neighborhood. He or she will ensure the highest quality beginning instrumental experience for El Sistema Colorado, design curriculum and instruction in collaboration with other El Sistema music faculty and support each child holistically. He or she will support the El Sistema philosophy and methodology and help facilitate community and family involvement.
El Sistema Colorado partners with schools to become hubs of intensive and joyful ensemble music-making that expand to serve all students. Each participant will have a rich music curriculum focused on cultivating a caring, cooperative and fun community. The instruments and the program are free to all participating students as long as they uphold their contract to take care of the instrument and maintain excellent attendance in El Sistema Colorado.
As an El Sistema faculty member, responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Collaborating with El Sistema Colorado faculty to create a shared curriculum, pedagogy and culture inspired by the ideals of El Sistema
Teaching beginning instrumental lessons in small groups, ratio of 10/1 – students/teacher
Team teaching and assisting with creative ensemble classes
Supporting a successful, enriching ensemble experience for students through differentiation by student ability-level and interests
Assisting with full ensemble rehearsals of up to 100 students; playing in the section, collaborating with the conductor
Leading/assisting with evening/weekend programming, concerts, field trips, etc.
Attending all El Sistema professional development sessions
Assisting with other aspects of the holistic program (snack, homework, recess, etc.)
Preparation and communication with other music teachers, El Sistema Lead Teaching Artists, Program Director, Executive Board, parents, and the El Sistema Colorado team
Demonstrated excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer
Strong commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music and the mission of El Sistema Colorado
Four-year undergraduate degree, post-graduate degree or equivalent experience is a plus (but not required for Assistant and Intern positions)
Strong knowledge of brass, percussion, strings, woodwind, or choral repertoire and standard music pedagogy & curriculum (Suzuki, etc.); certification preferred
Experience teaching beginning brass, percussion, strings, woodwinds or choir
Experience leading ensembles and groups of students
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
Interest and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and peers as an artist, teacher, and citizen
Ability to work under frequent observation
Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus!
Colorado State Teaching License or Substitute Teacher License also a plus!
An Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of El Sistema Colorado to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, age or Veteran Status.
El Sistema Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all employees, including managers, supervisors, co-workers, and non-employees such as customers, clients, vendors, consultants, etc.
Teaching Artists, Teaching Assistants
Instrument Areas: Choral, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass
Organization: El Sistema Colorado at Bruce Randolph Middle and High School, Swansea Elementary, and Garden Place Academy
Program Hours: Part-Time between 10am-6pm weekdays with occasional evening and weekend community activities. Hours and days per week will be adjusted according to position.
Compensation: Teaching Assistant base rate is $18/hour; increases in hourly rate depend on education and experience; benefits possible if hired for 24 hours/week or more. Teaching Artist base rate is $28/hour; increases in hourly rate depend on education and experience; benefits possible if hired for 24 hours/week or more.
Inquiry: Please email your resume and cover letter immediately to email@example.com. Interviews will be scheduled ASAP after resumes and cover letters are received.