Community Music Center of Boston

34 Warren Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
October 24, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Percussion Teaching Artist (African Drumming)


 Community Music Center of Boston is seeking a dynamic Percussion (African Drumming) teaching artist for a partnership with Paige Academy’s after-school program. The teaching artist will lead a creative instrumental program for grades Pre-K-6. As part of a comprehensive partnership effort, Community Music Center of Boston artistic staff will provide support in terms of curriculum design, professional development, and supervision.

Title: Percussion Teaching Artist (African Drumming)

Status: Part-Time

Anticipated Start Date: November 2019

Teaching schedule: 3:15pm-5:15pm Wednesdays

Reports to: Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager

Works Closely With: Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager, Paige Academy Faculty & Staff


Specific Responsibilities:

· Teach 1 45-minute class and 2 30-minute classes on Wednesdays 30 weeks.

· Engage groups of students and promote a sense of teamwork in an encouraging and structured environment.

· Plan age-appropriate lessons and rehearsals that meet the needs of students.

· Employ repertoire that engage multiple teaching modalities.

· Manage student behaviors consistently in a proactive manner that mirrors school protocols.

· Communicate with and coordinate with partner agency staff to create a comprehensive curriculum and classroom experience for students.

· Work towards culminating performances that showcases student learning.

Core Competencies:

1. Accountability for Student Achievement:

· Sets ambitious learning goals for all students, creates cognitively demanding tasks, and models the belief that all students can master challenging material through effective effort.

· Passionate and optimistic about their students, their content, and the teaching profession.

2. Communicating Content Knowledge:

· Demonstrates mastery of content pedagogy.

· Demonstrates understanding of cross-curricular connections.

· Can convey content in a creative and engaging ways that aligns with standards.

3. Equitable & Effective Instruction

· Scaffolds and differentiates instruction in order for all students to do complex thinking and rigorous academic work.

· Uses instructional practices that are likely to challenge, motivate, and engage all students and facilitate equitable, active student participation.

· Builds a productive learning environment where every student participates and is valued in the class community.

4. Cultural Proficiency:

· Actively creates and maintains an environment in which students’ diverse backgrounds, identities, strengths, and challenges are respected

5. Parent/Family Engagement:

· Engages with families and builds collaborative, respectful relationships with them in service of student learning

· Able to communicate as needed with families regarding tuition, schedule changes and dismissal.

· Safely execute dismissal procedures on a daily basis

6. Professional Reflection & Collaboration:

· Regularly reflects on practice, seeks and responds to feedback, and demonstrates self-awareness and commitment to continuous learning and development

Seeks to participate in and contribute to a collaborative adult learning community

· Minimum undergraduate degree in Music, Performing Arts, Education or equivalent experience

· Interest and experience working with the arts, children, and education

· Music teaching experience in an urban public school classroom setting

· Demonstrated leadership skills and experience working with elementary school-aged children

· Energetic, reliable, independent, and flexible

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

· Able to work collaboratively with supervisors and colleagues

· Must have a passion for both arts education & working with diverse urban youth

· Strong command of responsive classroom management skills and the ability to work effectively with inner-city student populations who have experienced some degree of trauma.

· Ability to adapt the goals and curriculum of our program to best utilize their own skill specialties, as well as meet the interests and abilities of the students.

How To Apply:

Please upload your resume to:

If attaching a cover letter, please direct to:

Marie Tai, Chief Operating Officer

Community Music Center of Boston is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Apply by:
November 15, 2019
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.