Young Audiences of Massachusetts

89 South Street, Suite 603
Boston, MA 02111

Date Posted:
January 20, 2022

Eastern Massachusetts



Music Teaching Artist (preschool)


Job Position: Preschool Music Teacher

Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA) is seeking experienced music teachers to join our roster of music educators in our Expanding Horizons Through Music residency preschool program (EHTM).

Expanding Horizons Through Music Program (EHTM)

Young Audiences' EHTM residency program is designed to integrate music with the learning of early literacy and social-emotional skills to assist in reducing the achievement gaps often experienced by preschool children (2.9-5 years old) from socio-economically disadvantaged families with a wide range of challenges and/or limited English language proficiency.

The program's objectives are to provide diverse and culturally responsive music sessions that engage children in the joy of singing, moving, and playing instruments, and that foster self- regulation, socialization, and pre-reading skills such as phonetics, sequencing, sound and letter recognition, rhythms and rhyming, clapping beats of music and words (syllables), tempo, dynamics, and patterns.

Job Description

The EHTM's preschool music residency school sites that are currently available are located in Boston, Cambridge, and Lynn. Residencies can vary in length from 10–24 weeks between February–June. NOTE: Music sessions will be delivered on-site at the school, unless the school institutes remote learning due to Covid, at which time delivery of music sessions will continue remotely. These job positions have the potential to become a yearly position.

Job Responsibilities include:

§ Deliver between two to four, 30-minute morning music classes per week. The number of weekly sessions delivered is dependent on the particular residency assignment.

§ Prepare weekly lesson plans, ensure timely and engaging instruction

§ Participate in planning/debriefing/evaluation meetings, collectively with classroom teachers, EHTM teachers, and with YAMA's EHTM Program Director

§ Lead1-2family music events during the residency period

§ Submit evaluation/reflection documents

§ Work with YAMA's Program Director to ensure a comprehensive classroom experience for participating sites.

While there is a flexible, trauma-informed curriculum with lesson plans for EHTM, teaching artists are supported in adapting and/or using teaching materials to fit their teaching style, strengths, and interests while supporting the program's goals.


§ Passionate about working with preschool children

§ Bachelors or music education degree, or equivalent music teaching experience

§ Proficient in playing simple percussion instruments and at least one melodic instrument

§ At least two years of experience teaching young children in an urbanschool environment with a diverse student population

§ Ability to teach in inclusive classrooms, employ inclusive teaching strategies and adapt curriculum to the needs of the classroom

§ Strong command of responsive classroom management skills

§ Ability to employ weekly lesson plans/curriculum and to provide a diverse repertoire that reflects the cultural diversity of the students

§ Submit timely documentation and evaluations as required

§ Excellent relationship building and interpersonal communication skills

§ Energetic, reliable, independent, and flexible

§ While candidates who are bilingual in Spanish/English are encouraged to apply, it is not a requirement.

Compensation:Young Audiences of MA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a diverse, inclusive staff. The teaching artist’s relationship to YAMA is that of an independent contractor. This position is part-time, with pay rate determined by experience and the number and type of deliveries provided in the assigned residency as listed in the Job Responsibilities above. Pay rate: $50 per 30-minute session. $50/planning meeting. $150/family event.

How To Apply:

Please send your Resume, Cover letter, and Three References to:

Gail Zarren, Program Director, Expanded Arts Access and Healing Arts for Kids

Email:   No phone calls, please. Thank you.

Organization: Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA)

Young Audiences of Massachusetts is a non-profit organization, established in 1962, with a mission 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 in arts learning. We provide students with impactful arts programming that builds arts skills, integrates arts into curriculum, fosters social-emotional skills, inspires self- expression, and explores world cultures. In order to realize this vision, YAMA partners with and contracts with schools and community organizations to provide learning opportunities through the arts for their students.

Apply by:
February 20, 2022
$4,000 - $9,000
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.