Education Through Music
Education Through Music
Do you want to make a difference in education? Apply to become a music teacher today!
Now Hiring Music Teachers for the 2022-2023 School Year!
Our Music Teacher Interview Process
Note: We've temporarily updated our hiring process during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Preliminary Phone Interview
3. Remote Video Interview
What We Offer Music Teachers
Attracting and retaining the very best teachers is core to our mission of providing high-quality music education to all children. We develop our teachers' talents through programs and resources that deepen their knowledge and enhance their skills and offer programs that support their professional development, ensuring their long-term success.
Placement in NYC elementary, middle, and high schools in need of quality music education.
Ongoing professional development, support, and mentorship throughout the school year.
Teach while securing NY certification (applying for and transferring from another state).
What is it like teaching for Education Through Music?
Hear from some of our teachers
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to be an ETM music teacher?
To apply for a teaching position with ETM, CLICK HERE.
Could this be a career?
Our long-term goal is to build sustainability in each of our partnerships and work towards getting ETM teachers hired directly by the principals of the schools they are placed in.
How much should my kids know at the end of the semester?
This depends on how much previous music instruction the students have received. ETM has created benchmarks of skills to be attained for each grade.
How am I evaluated?
Each ETM Music Teacher receives informal observations from the program staff at least once a month. Formal observations are conducted twice a year. Observations focus on lesson planning, pacing, classroom management, student interaction, integration, etc.
About how much preparation is necessary to teach each week?
While this varies depending on background and training, it is not atypical, especially for beginning teachers, to spend an hour or more preparing each lesson plan, with a plan being required for each grade level. Thorough planning is critical to success in the classroom. Homework, worksheet, quizzes, projects and other assignments also take time to assess and record.
Is my schedule flexible so I can audition and tour?
ETM is willing to accommodate a limited amount of absence due to touring, recording sessions or auditions if they do not amount to more than two weeks per school year. If such interruptions exceed these two weeks or become too frequent, then instructional consistency will suffer and continuing as an ETM Music Teacher may not be feasible. However, a principal’s recommendation of the Music Teacher’s value to the school and that principal’s willingness to accommodate the necessary rescheduling on the Music Teacher’s behalf may offer a suitable solution in some cases if program quality is not compromised.
Can I collect unemployment during the summer?
If it is anticipated that a teacher will be returning to a position in September, then unemployment benefits are not available during the summer. If, however, a music teacher will not be returning to teach in September due to termination, then unemployment eligibility will be determined by the state.
Is there summer work available?
ETM’s in-school programs cease during July and August and in general, there is no work available for Music Teacher during that time. However, there are limited employment opportunities as workshop presenters at our summer trainings for some of the more seasoned and experienced Music Teachers.
Who do I report to?
ETM Music Teachers report to the Director of Programs.
What materials does ETM provide for students and music teachers?
ETM provides an assortment of general music classroom instruments such as hand percussion, recorders, xylophones, etc., for use in our partner schools. We provide music teachers with teaching resources such as curriculum materials, a lesson planner, markers, giant staff paper, instrument posters, music history timelines and other visual music learning aids and decorations.
There is also a resource lab located in our main office on 42nd Street that is available to our Music Teachers any time during office hours and is stocked with a wide array of music education books and learning materials. In addition to this, we encourage our schools to pursue grant opportunities, and several have been successful in securing donated instruments.
Will I receive any training and professional development?
Yes. ETM provides ongoing training and professional development to ETM Music Teachers and to school-employed music teachers.
Before each school year, ETM’s Director of Programs and program staff host ETM Academy, an intensive clinic covering topics such as classroom management, lesson planning, assessment, integration, and other concepts and strategies that supply teachers with the tools needed for success.
Throughout the school year, we provide day-long and evening workshops in both small and large group settings to reinforce training and introduce other topics. For example, workshops have covered choral conducting techniques, body percussion, and incorporating the use of Orff instruments. ETM pays training stipends for all sessions.
We also provide ongoing mentoring and coaching throughout the year.
What benefits does ETM provide for Music Teachers?
ETM Music Teachers who maintain a regular teaching schedule of four or more days per week are eligible to enroll in an employee-contributed health insurance plan. Each Music Teacher also receives a number of paid sick days pro-rated based on their regular teaching schedule.
How do I get paid?
ETM is on a semi-monthly payroll. ETM Music Teachers are paid for classes and all other activities taught during the previous two weeks. Pay day is the 15th and last day of the month for the previous period.
How much do I get paid?
Because ETM can offer substantial and sustained employment throughout the school year, it can also offer a dependable and consistent level of income. Our teachers get paid a semi-monthly salary, depending on teaching experience and educational qualifications. Merit raises are considered once a year, typically during the summer months.
Would I be an employee of ETM?
ETM Music Teachers are employees of ETM, not consultants. Taxes, social security, etc., are withheld as directed by law.
Over time, we work with our partner school principals to help them find room in their budgets to hire music teachers to school staff, so our long-term goal is for our teachers to get hired directly by our partner schools. However, our newest partnerships are not ready for this yet, and so ETM typically employs more than 40 “ETM Music Teachers” each year.
If you are hired by one of our partner schools we will continue to provide you with support and training, at the discretion of the principal.
What are the qualifications to be a music teacher with ETM?
ETM requires all of its music teachers to have degrees in music education, performance, or music therapy. Most of ETM’s music teachers hold degrees in music education.
Individuals who do not currently hold ‘eligible’ status for classroom teaching from the NYC Department of Education (DOE) will be required to undergo a fingerprinting and background check via the DOE Personnel Eligibility Tracking System (PETS). Only those persons who receive ‘eligible’ status from the NYCDOE are eligible for hire by ETM.
What is ETM?
Founded in 1991, Education Through Music (ETM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the use of music in inner-city schools, 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 goal is not to make professional musicians, but to introduce all children to music using a skills-based, sequential curriculum. ETM teaches music as a subject in its own right and also uses music as a tool to help children think, improve academic performance, enhance self-esteem and increase motivation for school. Our current activities focus on elementary, middle and K-8 schools.