Community Music Center of Boston

34 Warren Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
January 16, 2020

Eastern Massachusetts



Department Teaching Assistant/On-Call Substitute Teacher


 The performing arts educator selected for this position will serve as a teaching assistant to Music Center lead teaching artists (music, dance, drama) in our innovative school outreach program in partnership with Boston Public Schools. Teaching Assistants also serve as substitute teachers for our regular teaching staff on an as-needed and on-call basis.

Teaching Assistants Provide assistance to the CMCB lead teacher in these ways:

  • Model appropriate behavior and participation by example
  • Reinforce classroom and school rules and goals as needed
  • Assist the lead teacher in administering activities (passing out/collecting supplies, pairing children into partners or small groups, forming circles, helping part singing etc.)
  • Coordinate transitions into and out of class and between activities
  • Work one-on-one with students needing specialized discipline or tutoring
  • Be an authoritative adult role model during all scheduled classes
  • Communicate effectively with lead teacher before, during and after class
  • Lead class activities as assigned by lead teacher

The candidate selected for this position will be a strong educator and artist able to adapt the goals and curriculum of our program to best utilize their own skill specialties, as well as engage the interests and abilities of the students. Applicants should possess a firm command of classroom management skills and the ability to work effectively and enthusiastically with diverse student populations in an inclusive manner.

Specific schedules: TBA

Status: Part-time; School Day hours

Anticipated Start Date/End Date: Immediately-June 30, 2020

                                                 5-6 hours per day Tuesday-Friday

Reports to: Director of School Outreach Program

Works Closely With: Director of School Outreach, Partner School staff, Chief Programming Officer

General Responsibilities:

Foster and leverage CMCB’s strong reputation as an extraordinary community music school to sustain current programming and to develop future opportunities for expansion and growth.

Ensure the highest level of programs and services that meets the needs of the communities we serve.

Be an active, knowledgeable and visible ambassador for CMCB in the community.

Maintain personal teaching schedule consistently.

Attend professional development workshops as scheduled throughout the year.

Attend a mid-year and year-end coaching conference with supervisor.

Respond within 48 business hours to requests for information from supervisors.

Submit monthly lesson plans and complete professional development related tasks.

Actively demonstrate departmental protocols and practices; demonstrate engagement with annual instructional focus and organizational goal alignment.

Specific Responsibilities:

When providing substitute coverage, execute lesson plans that engage students with diverse age-appropriate content in a creative manner.

Support our instructional goal of providing challenging, accessible, and motivating repertoire via multiple teaching modalities to create a comprehensive student-centered classroom experience for students.

Manage student behaviors consistently in a proactive manner that mirrors school protocols and professional best practices.

Communicate and coordinate with teaching professionals in a way that builds productive professional relationships with both partner school staff and CMCB colleagues.

Support production of concert performances as assigned.

Undergraduate degree in Music, Performing Arts, Education or equivalent experience
Experience working with the arts, children and education
Experience teaching general music education in a classroom setting
Demonstrated leadership skills and success working with children
Commitment to cultural competency practices related to diversity, equity & inclusion
Energetic, reliable, independent, and flexible
Possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills & the ability to create positive workplace relationships
Able to work collaboratively with supervisors, colleagues and school staff
Must have a passion for both arts education & working with diverse urban students
How To Apply:

Please upload your resume and cover letter to:

Please direct the cover letter to: Lecolion Washington, Executive Director

Please no phone calls, emails or walk-ins

Apply by:
February 07, 2020
About this Organization:

Founded in 1910,Community Music Center of Boston (the Music Center) transforms lives throughout Greater Boston by providing equitable access to excellent music education and powerful arts experiences.  The Music Center serves more than 5,000 students each week, on-site at our South End facility in the Boston Center for the Arts and in more than 40 outreach locations, including public schools, community/senior centers, and medical facilities. We are the largest external provider of arts education in the Boston Public Schools. Core Music Center programs include individual and group instruction in more than 25 instruments; outreach instruction in Boston Public Schools; an Intensive Study Project providing private instruction, theory and performances to prepare students for college-level study; early childhood programs; and music therapy for individuals with a wide range of physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social life needs.

Community Music Center of Boston is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Community Music Center of Boston policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.