Choir, General Music Teaching Artist - YOLA


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151 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles
United States of America



YOLA is the signature program of LA Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. YOLA is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education system that provides half a million children with free musical instruments and intensive musical instruction. Central to YOLA’s mission is the promotion of healthy growth and development through the study, practice and performance of music. Simultaneously, YOLA positively invests in each child’s development as a musical ambassador of peace, hope, and understanding amongst a diverse population of cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. YOLA currently serves more than 1,300 students from elementary, middle, and high schools across Los Angeles.

The employee will ensure the highest quality learning experience for YOLA students, support each child holistically, and create curriculum, pedagogy, and lesson plans in collaboration with other YOLA music faculty. The employee will support the YOLA philosophy and community and help facilitate community and family involvement. Applicants will be considered for positions at all YOLA sites, as roles are available.

Hours for this position will be up to approximately 10-15 hours per week.



Position Elements:

As a YOLA Teaching Artist, responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Collaborating with faculty to create a shared curriculum and dynamic culture inspired by the ideals and philosophies of YOLA
  • Instructing choir and general music classes of up to 20 elementary school students
  • Assisting with the creation of a choir, general music, and orchestral preparation curriculum
  • Communicating with YOLA academic tutors and parents to understand each child holistically
  • Attending music pedagogy and tutoring professional development sessions
  • Preparation and communication with other Teaching Artists, YOLA Conductor, Program Manager, and LA Phil staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • Demonstrated excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings
  • Ability to work under frequent observation
  • Strong experience teaching beginning instrumentalists
  • Strong knowledge of instrument specific repertoire, curriculum, and pedagogy
  • Strong knowledge of orchestral music, music reading skills, and music pedagogy
  • Access to transportation to and from YOLA site
  • Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds; experience working in historically marginalized communities
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience preferred, post-graduate degree or equivalent experience a plus
  • Dedication and commitment to engage in and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the staff, vendors, and within interactions with the surrounding community is a must
  • Secondary language fluency is a plus


COVID Workplace Safety Requirements

This position will require you to interact with employees, patrons, vendors and others who may or may not be vaccinated or recently tested. You will be required to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) required by the LA County Department of Public Health protocols and the LA Phil.  You agree to comply at all times with the LA Phil’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan, including testing and vaccination requirements.


The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the FCIHO.

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