Viola Teaching Artist


Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project


Mary Lyon Youth Orchestra Program


Job Description: Viola Teaching Artist


: Viola Teaching Artist

Reports to: ChiMOP Program Director

Hours: MW 3:30-5:30PM, possible additional hours

Start Date: January 2019

Inquiry: Send your resume and cover letter to by November 19. Interviews will be conducted between December 3-14.


The Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP) is dedicated to affecting positive social change in young students with limited access to the arts by providing a safe and fun environment for them to make music in pursuit of artistic excellence together with peers and role models.



  • Students become empowered by creativity and demonstrate behaviors of confidence and self esteem
  • Students continuously experience musical excellence and understand the importance of a disciplined work ethic
  • Students improve school attendance and academic achievement
  • Students translate musical skills into lifelong behavior patterns that benefit themselves, their families, and their entire community

Position Summary:

The Teaching Artist (TA) is responsible for teaching weekly group lessons to two small groups of young student orchestra musicians. The TA will plan efficient lessons that include technique study, repertoire study, music theory, rehearsal and performance etiquette, and an element of play. The TA will be responsible for classroom management, including student behavior during lessons and passing periods.


  • The TA will have clear lesson plans for each group lesson that can be articulated to the Program Director when requested and will include technique studies that address relevant repertoire challenges, goals for technique and repertoire work, and games or contests to challenge and engage students.
  • The TA will make a concerted effort to be available for all lessons, rehearsals, and performances, and when not available will communicate the unavailability in a timely manner with to the Program Director.
  • The TA will perform all functions in the spirit of “Music for Social Change,” meaning that musical goals should not eclipse the broader goals of using music and the orchestra to instill general values and skills such as responsibility, strong work ethic, discipline, kindness, compassion, and teamwork.



  • Demonstrated excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer
  • Strong commitment to the El Sistema philosophy of social change through music and the mission of ChiMOP
  • Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required; post-graduate degree or equivalent experience a plus
  • Strong knowledge of standard music pedagogy
  • Experience teaching private lessons
  • 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 a plus


An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age or Veteran Status.