After-School String Ensemble Director

Submitted by sdupuis on Tue, 07/24/2018 - 4:06pm
Music in Urban Schools Inspiring Change

Organization Overview:  Music in Urban Schools Inspiring Change (MUSIC Inc.) is an El Sistema inspired program that has been offering tuition-free music instruction to Chicago underserved communities since 2011. We currently serve 175 students, ages 7- 14 at five school sites in Chicago’s west side communities. Our unique program works closely with families and classroom teachers to help musicians develop strong leadership skills and maintain academic standards. Our mission is to use music education to cultivate fundamental life skills such as self-expression, cooperative learning, self-discipline, creativity and leadership – all of which have been linked to improved social and academic outcomes.

Job Summary: MUSIC Inc. is seeking an experienced String Ensemble Director to inspire a new generation of musicians and leaders. The String Ensemble Director will be responsible for teaching and leading our after-school string ensemble on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 3:30pm – 6:00pm located at KIPP Ascend Primary in North Lawndale and Academy of Global Citizenship in Archer Heights. Lesson planning time is expected each week and must be managed into your schedule outside of teaching obligations.

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Skills & Qualifications: 


  • Create and deliver effective instruction that engages young learners in ways that empower positive classroom management
  • Provide assessment of students’ musical and behavioral progress
  • Connect and inspire students who need positive direction, stability and care on a regular basis
  • Collaborate with parents, administrative staff and faculty
  • Timely correspondence with director, school staff and parents
  • Concert performances each semester are required

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in both private and group settings (required)
  • Experience working in underserved communities and with children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Experience in other El Sistema based programs is preferred
  • A strong commitment to MUSIC Inc. mission and vision (required)
  • Strong ability and desire to inspire ALL students to learn and reach their goals
  • Experienced teaching style that creatively communicates instrumental techniques and ensemble skills to students while maintaining a positive and inspiring learning environment
  • Excellent personable skills, collaborate nature and ability to work with administration and families
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong work ethic
  • Must have reliable transportation

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Music or Music Education

(5th year Music Education Majors can apply with a director recommendation)


  • Wednesday and Friday 3:30pm – 6:00pm beginning September 10th, 2018
  • Concert performances required
  • Staff PD days required


All faculty members are hired as independent contractors and paid per service. Per service rates vary according to experience and expertise.

To Apply: 

Interested candidates please send resume and cover letter to:

Sarah Dupuis   For more programming info visit our website:              


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Sarah Dupuis
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