Substitute Teaching Artist


Date Posted:
LA Phil Recruiting
Los Angeles
United States of America

Program Summary:

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 1,500 students from elementary, middle, and high schools across Los Angeles.


Position Summary:

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.


Position Elements:

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

· Collaborating with YOLA faculty to create a shared curriculum and culture inspired by the ideals and philosophies of El Sistema

· Instructing instrumental studio and sectionals

· Assisting with full orchestra rehearsals, playing and coaching within sections, and collaborating with the YOLA Conductor at the discretion of the Program Manager

· Communicating with YOLA academic tutors and parents to understand each child holistically

· Attending music pedagogy and tutoring professional development sessions

· Preparation and communication with music teachers, YOLA Conductor, Program Manager, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Staff

· Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

· 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

· Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus

· Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience preferred, post-graduate degree or equivalent experience a plus

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