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Now Hiring Music Teachers for the 2018-2019 School Year!


Current Job Openings


ETM is currently reviewing applications for Music Teacher and Music Teacher Mentor positions

ETM Music teachers provide full school year music programs for grades PreK through 8th grade in both NYC public and parochial schools. Teaching schedules vary from 2 to 5 days per week, and run continuously from September to June. Typically, teachers see the same students once per week for the entire school year with class sized averaging 20 to 25 students. The daily teaching schedule for all positions follows a typical school day beginning approximately 8:00am and ending near 3:00pm. Successful candidates will embrace the opportunity to take ownership of their program and make it an indispensable part of their school’s culture and identity. Applicants should possess a BA or Master’s in Music, Education, or Fine Arts (Music Education a plus). Previous classroom teaching experience is strongly preferred. ETM welcomes applicants who hold or are pursuing certification, and seeks placements that will support the career advancement of certified teachers. NOTE: Individuals who do not currently hold ‘eligible’ status for classroom teaching from the NYC Department of Education (DOE) will be asked to undergo a fingerprinting and background check by the NYC DOE PETS system. Only those cleared by the DOE who receive ‘eligible’ status are eligible for hire by ETM.

Job responsibilities include acting as school music faculty, coordination and development of the in-school music program with program staff, and producing two all-school concerts each year. Each music teacher’s program is designed in consultation with ETM Program Staff and based on ETM’s curriculum and benchmarks. Lesson planning is required and will be reviewed on a regular basis. We provide all ETM Music Teachers with ongoing professional development and training.

  • An elective employee-contributed health coverage plan is available.

  • All those invited to interview will be asked to present mock lesson specific to the discipline of the desired position.

Music Teacher Positions:

General Music (Choral) – Our General Music teachers are responsible for building a musical foundation for all students. Instilling a love and appreciation for music through a comprehensive and sequential music curriculum is the key to a successful program. Pedagogical approach is Orff influenced and we provide a variety of tools and resources including hand-percussion, Orff instruments, handbells, keyboards, recorders, guitars and technology. Singing, conducting, keyboard, guitar and presentation skills are all pluses. Two concerts per year are produced in which all students perform. Available position openings cover varied grade ranges from Pre-K through 8th grade. Click here to apply for this position

General Music (String Orchestra)  String Orchestra teachers typically teach 2 or 3 days per week and are responsible for teaching violin, viola, cello, and bass to beginning and intermediate orchestra students, grades 4 – 8. Orchestra is an elective, not required. There are two key components to our instrumental program: Small group pull-out lessons and full rehearsals. Qualified applicants should be comfortable running rehearsals with 50-90 students. Orchestra rehearsals will take place 2 to 3 times per week before or after school, with each participant receiving one small group pull-out lesson per week during the school day on a rotating pull-out basis. Please note we prefer a combination of pedagogical approaches. A minimum of three concerts per year are produced in which the full ensemble performs. (Note: Most string orchestra positions are combined with general music to create full-time positions – see description above.) Click here to apply for this position

General Music (Band) – Band teachers typically teach 2 or 3 days per week and are responsible for teaching all  woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments to beginning and intermediate band students. Band is an elective and all students grades 5 through 8 are eligible to participate. There are two key components to the band program: Small group pull-out lessons and full rehearsals. Qualified applicants should be comfortable running rehearsals with 50-90 students. Band rehearsals will take place 2 or 3 times per week before or after school, with each participant receiving one small group pull-out lesson per week during the school day on a rotating basis. Please note we prefer a combination of pedagogical approaches. A minimum of three concerts per year are produced in which the full band performs. (Note: Most band positions are combined with general music to create full-time positions – see description above.) Click here to apply for this position

General Music/Music Technology – Middle School  – The general music curriculum is based on traditional choral/instrumental pedagogy. Guitar and keyboard skills are necessary. Familiarity with current music technologies, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Finale and SmartBoard is a big plus, but training can be provided – a general familiarity with music technology is sufficient for the motivated candidate. The curriculum focuses on general music skills and concepts (as opposed to teaching any in-depth use of software) using the music tech lab as a teaching tool. Of great value will also be the determination and charisma to work successfully with a middle school population. The labs consists of 30 state of the art, custom built student workstations, each with a 27-inch Macintosh computer, midi keyboard, electric guitar, microphone, audio interface, etc.

Music Teacher Mentors – The primary role of the Music Teacher Mentor (“Mentor”) is to help develop music teachers to be the best that they can be through designing achievable growth plans to strengthen their teachers’ skills. The Mentor coaches’ music teachers to strengthen pedagogy according to the ETM model while assisting them to effectively address the daily issues and challenges encountered in their teaching duties. The Mentor guides music teachers in reflecting on their performance, setting professional goals, overcoming challenges and celebrating successes. Other areas of responsibilities include (1) assisting with the management of school partnerships, including relationship and communications with school leadership; (2) facilitating professional development workshops for academic teachers and parent engagement workshops; (3) contributing to ETM’s professional development knowledge base, resources and overall teacher training capabilities; and 4) Documentation/record keeping of program activities and services provided. Ideal candidates have substantial public school teaching experience (at least 5 years primary or secondary classroom teaching experience), experience in a supervisory role and knowledge of curriculum design and pedagogic methodology (i.e. Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze). Favorable candidates have expertise in choir, string orchestra or band. Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Computer literate, including Google docs and MS Office Suite. State Teacher certification is a plus. Currently these positions are filled. Please check back for future openings.



Full-Time Office Associate


General Administration Duties:

  • Maintain office supplies and other supplies as needed
  • Maintain office inventory of equipment, furniture, and materials
  • Manage the front desk and reception area
  • Greet visitors in a welcoming manner
  • Take accurate messages
  • Receive, sign for and distribute incoming mail, faxes and packages

Operational Support Duties:

  • Prepare materials for Board of Directors meetings
  • Set up and manage board meeting logistics: scheduling, RSVP’s, catering, etc.
  • Assist with scanning and organizing records as needed
  • Support and participate in other projects and task relating to office management and as requested
  • Assist with new employee onboarding as it relates to office set up


  • Associates Degree
  • 2-4 years working experience in an office setting
  • Highly detail-oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent general written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to produce clear, well-organized documents.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel; ability to learn new software.
  • Able to multi-task and to meet deadlines

Salary Range for this position is $32,000 – $42,000

Click here to apply for this position



Evaluation Field Associate (Part-Time)  The Evaluation Field Associate carries out data collection efforts in a subset of our partner schools in order to study ETM’s impact. Data collection occurs in Spring of each school year and is therefore a temporary position lasting from mid-May until late June. Field Associates work in pairs and report to the Senior Evaluation Associate and Director of Evaluation.


  • Travel within the five boroughs to ETM partner schools, primarily schools in the Bronx.
  • Schedule and commit to on time for appointments with schools, ranging from the hours of 8 am – 2:30 pm.
  • Understand and adhere to data collection protocols.
  • Verbally administer student assent.
  • Administer 20 minute surveys to small groups of students from 3rd – 8th grades.
  • Maintain control of room in order to expedite survey administration.
  • Deliver collected surveys to the ETM office in an organized and timely manner.
  • Communicate with teachers, principals, students, and school staff.
  • Communicate with partner Field Associate and Evaluation staff.


  • Prior experience with research or data collection preferred but not necessary.
  • Must be able to pass NYC Department of Education background check.
  • Spanish language fluency preferred.
  • Proactive, responsible, detail-oriented, and strong communication and organization skills.
  • Able to travel within the five boroughs to school appointments.
  • Able to commit to 4-5 school visits per week, excluding travel time (MetroCard provided, minimum of 10-12 hours per week).
  • Must attend training session.

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Assistant Program Director – Field Supervision – The APD Field Supervision manages program activities within each partnership to ensure that all components of the ETM model and each school’s memorandum of agreement are functioning as planned and appropriately supported. The APD Field Supervision maintains regular communication with school leadership to exchange information and build/maintain relationships that support successful program growth. The APD manages a team of music teacher Instructional Supervisors to ensure that Music Teacher development and performance is optimized, contributes to program goals and complies with ETM policies and guidelines. The APD Field Supervision assists with managing the daily operations and administrative functions of the Program office.

Job Descripton:

  • Monitor Partnership progress, manage and take action as needed to ensure Partnership success thru implementation of the ETM Model.
  • Meet with principals to discuss partnership status and growth.
  • Provide reports and updates on all Partnerships activities and related data to ETM management.
  • Ensure Direct Reports promote successful relationships with school leadership and personnel to advance partnership goals.
  • Ensure effective ensemble recruitment strategies and timelines.
  • Ensure timely submission of ensemble documentation and contracts.
  • Ensure partner classrooms are equipped with adequate materials, supplies and instruments.
  • Ensure proper supervision, mentoring and performance evaluation of all ETM music teachers.
  • Support Direct Reports’ professional growth through the design and delivery of appropriate training.
  • Oversee Direct Reports’ field and office schedules to ensure appropriate balance between music teacher support and administrative tasks.
  • Evaluate Direct Reports’ job performance based on growth/efficacy.

Required Qualifications Include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education or related field
  • 5 years primary or secondary classroom teaching experience
  • Vocal/instrumental performance capabilities
  • Musical theory and notation literacy
  • Understanding of music pedagogy, educational theory and child development
  • Knowledge of specific musical repertoire and genres
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills
  • Supervisory experience which would include performance evaluation and professional development
  • Computer literacy, including MS Office Suite and Google Office

Salary Range for this position is $55,000 – $75,000

Comprehensive Benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance, 403(B) Retirement plan, PTO (Vacation, Sick, Personal)

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Director of Programs – Education Through Music, Inc. (ETM) is currently seeking a full-time Director of Programs. The Director of Programs has primary responsibility for planning, coordinating, implementing, documenting and evaluating ETM’s educational programming. This includes: programs in New York City partner schools, as well as professional development services and other consulting services to schools, districts and cultural organizations.


  • Design, document, and implement all aspects of the ETM Curriculum Model
  • Develop and manage training materials for all ETM Program Staff and Music Teachers
  • Develop, manage, and oversee relationships with education professionals, institutions of higher learning, professional organizations and key education experts to facilitate ETM’s activities and promote the ETM Model and programs
  • Coordinate with Marketing and Communications Department  (“Marketing”) to develop Programs’ communications materials and publications
  • Lead & grow a talented team of ETM program professionals who will maintain the guidelines, standards and continuity of our brand throughout the partner school community.
  • Negotiate program partnership agreements, and manage the initial set-up of music programs for new partner schools
  • Manage the development and presentation of professional development opportunities for Partner administration including classroom teachers, principals, and parents
  • Manage consulting arrangements (relating to Programs) with outside school vendors and other clients
  • Promote the growth of the organization by building relationships with music education professional and key leadership associations (national, state and local affiliations)
  • Collaborate with Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Development, and Board of Directors to budget and plan for ETM’s future growth and expansion
  • Support ETM model implementation with future affiliates


  • Master’s Degree in Music Education
  • Minimum of 4 years classroom experience
  • Supervisory responsibility of Program staff
  • Pedagogical knowledge
  • Curriculum formation
  • NYC licensed and applicable certifications

Salary is commensurate with experience

Comprehensive Benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance, 403(B) Retirement plan, PTO (Vacation, Sick, Personal)

Click here to apply for this position



ETM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. A copy of our Affirmative Action Plan is available upon request to

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Education Through Music?

Founded in 1991, Education Through Music (ETM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the use of music in inner-city schools and schools in disadvantaged areas, as a means of enhancing students' academic performance and general development. By providing year-long, in-school music education programs, ETM makes music education a reality for thousands of children who would otherwise have limited or no exposure to the arts.  Our current activities focus on elementary, middle and K-8 schools.

Where are your programs located?

ETM’s partner schools are located in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. In 2006, ETM licensed an organization to replicate our model in Los Angeles. Beyond its core partner school activities in New York, ETM shares experiences by participating in conferences, and offers consulting services, such as professional development, curriculum development, and model replication. 


What impact does your program have on students?

ETM’s programs improve students’ academic achievement, self-confidence, and motivation for school. Ongoing assessment of our programs has found that students receiving ETM's program perform better academically than students in schools with similar demographics that do not receive ETM's program. Students’ participation in ETM music class and school performances contributes to their creativity as well as to social and emotional capacities. Students in ETM partner schools have also earned higher scores on Math and English Language Arts assessment. 


What makes ETM different from other music education programs?

ETM provides inner-city schools with a music educator to serve every child every week throughout the school year. ETM's programs include a comprehensive, sequential music curriculum. We teach music as a core subject, and it is used to support learning in all areas. We work to transition our music teachers from our payroll onto the school's to create a long-term, sustainable programs. ETM advocates to all the school's stakeholders, including parents and teachers.