Young Audiences of Massachusetts

89 South Street, Suite 603
Boston, MA 02111

Date Posted:
September 06, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Music Teaching Artist: Grades PreK, K, Grade 1


Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA) invites you to join our vibrant roster of 12 teaching artists who are part of our 12-year residency program, developed in partnership with the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston, MA.

Position:  Part-Time Music Teaching Artist for (PreK, K) and/or (Grade 1) students.  NOTE: Applicant may apply for one or both teaching opportunities.

Job Location: Gardner Pilot Academy, Allston, MA, a K1-8, Title 1, Boston Public School


The arts education programming at Gardner Pilot Academy includes Friday Arts, a weekly residency program during which the entire student body (K1-8) participates in art- making through music, dance, theater, visual arts, or storytelling. In addition to Friday Arts, GPA also provides an additional music experience for the youngest students in Grades PreK, K, and grade 1.


We are seeking an experienced music teacher whose curriculum will engage students in general music instruction that includes skill building in singing, movement, improvising, music listening as well as basic music theory, working towards a culminating presentation at the end of each cycle, that showcases student learning. This opportunity has the potential to be a multi-year position. All YAMA teaching artists work closely with YAMA's Program Director to create a comprehensive classroom experience for students.

The music teacher/teaching artist will teach a total of 5 music sessions each week from Sept.10–June 17), (excluding Boston Public School holidays), plus a 2-hour artist orientation on September 8th morning. Note: The intention for the 2021-2022 school year is to deliver music sessions on-site. If the school institutes remote learning due to Covid, delivery of sessions will continue remotely.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Teach Grade 1 as part of the weekly GPA's Friday Art program (Fridays 8:15 AM-9:30 AM).   Grade 1 classroom #1 for 18 weeks (Cycle 1: Sept.10–Jan.28), and Grade 1 classroom #2 for 16 weeks (Cycle 2: Feb.4–June 17)

  • Teach two Grade PreK classrooms and two Grade K classrooms: 45-minute, weekly sessions during regular school hours from Sept.–June. Delivery days and time are flexible depending on classroom schedule. Classes can be held immediately after Friday Arts, or at agreed upon dates/times during the school week.

  • NOTE: Applicant may apply for one or both of the above teaching opportunities. 

  • Responsible for creating lesson plans and submitting evaluation/reflection documents as required

  • Working closely with YAMA's Program Director to ensure a comprehensive experience for participating classrooms.

  • At least two years of experience teaching lower elementary general music in an urban school environment with a diverse student population

  • Ability to teach in inclusive classrooms and employ inclusive teaching strategies

  • Strong command of responsive classroom management skills

  • Ability to teach diverse repertoire of songs and music

  • Proficient in playing simple percussion instruments and at least one melodic instrument
  • Bachelor’s degree or music education degree preferred, but not required if experience supports qualifications

  • Ability to develop weekly lesson plans/curriculum

  • Energetic, reliable, patient, independent, and flexible, with good communication skills

  • Bi-lingual candidates are preferred (Spanish/English) and are encouraged to apply


The teaching artist’s relationship to YAMA is that of an independent contractor.
This position is part-time. Salary range is $60-$75/session, commensurate with experience and length of session.

How To Apply:

Young Audiences of MA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to having a diverse, inclusive staff.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three current references to:

Gail Zarren

Program Director, Expanded Arts Access and Healing Arts for Kids

Email:      No phone calls, please. Thank you.

Apply by:
September 07, 2021
$9,000 - $11,000
About this Organization:

Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA) is an arts education non-profit that brings the region’s best performing and teaching artists to schools, libraries, museums, community centers, hospitals, homeless shelters and other learning and healing centers throughout the Commonwealth.

Founded in1962, YAMA’s mission is to educate, inspire and empower the youth of Massachusetts through the arts. We believe that arts are an essential component of both formal education and youth development, and that every child, regardless of background, talents or special needs, deserves access to the rich educational opportunities inherent to arts learning.

We reach over 120,000 students each year with impactful arts learning through performances, hands-on workshops and in depth-artist residencies in dance, music, theater, storytelling, and visual arts.