Music Teaching Artist Wanted

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Music as Therapy Teaching Artist Position, Homeless Youth Outreach Program

Art Start seeks an enthusiastic, passionate and creative leader to head our Music as Therapy program at a South Bronx family shelter, as part of our School’s Out New York City (SONYC) afterschool program. The Music Teaching Artist reports to the Program Director and works closely with the Certified Music Therapist Consultant to run twice weekly music creation workshops with homeless youth ages 10-14. Experience teaching music to youth is required. Experience in Music Therapy is not required.


August 28th, 2017- June 29th, 2018: Thursdays and Fridays, 3-6pm, with an additional 4 hours per week for curriculum and administrative reporting, which can be conducted remotely. 2.5 hour programming meeting with Teaching Artists and Music Therapist Consultant, once monthly. On occasion and with advanced notice, additional hours may be offered to take youth to performances or other outings related to music. This contract may be extended based upon satisfactory performance.

Mandatory Training August 11th 10-4pm in Chelsea

Location: South Bronx

Pay rate: $25/hour

Status: W2, hourly, Non-Exempt


1. With the support of the Program Director and Music Therapist, effectively run twice-weekly music workshops. Workshops are conducted on site at a family homeless shelter each week.

3. Maintain open communication with Program Director and Music Therapist by attending monthly programming meeting.

4. Help manage all workshop supplies, including inventory, etc.

5. Successfully manage assessment tools of workshops to include evaluations and attendance.

7. Collaborate with Program Director to produce student showcases on-site for youth to exhibit their work to staff, friends or family.



  • Experience teaching music (piano, drums, guitar) to groups of youth.
  • A passion for music serving as a therapeutic release; excitement to learn about music therapy techniques.
  • Knowledge of writing, producing and recording music or willingness to learn new technology.
  • Education training or Degree in the arts, recording, education, social work, psychology, or youth development.
  • Active experience volunteering in the community, preferably with marginalized youth, ages 5-14, but all community volunteer experience relevant.
  • High level of professionalism and sound judgment
  • Extremely conscious of punctuality and advanced preparation
  • High levels of accountability.
  • Comfortable working independently.
  • High standards with regard to attention to detail & quality
  • Extremely trustworthy and reliable
  • Outgoing & proactive with youth



About Art Start

The purpose of Art Start is to nurture the voices, hearts and minds of New York City's marginalized youth by providing the resources and outlets for them to change their own lives through the creative process. Using a student-centered approach to arts education, Art Start instills in our youth the confidence to think critically, ask important questions, and pursue meaningful opportunities in life – against all odds. We use the creative process to achieve multiple categories of learning objectives. Our goal is personal development through the creative process, and we're also able to create workshops that help youth reach other life skill and social needs. Our past and present partners include: Episcopal Social Services, Department of Homeless Services, Homes for the Homeless, Inwood House, Nazareth Housing, Salvation Army Group Homes, Salvation Army Family Shelters, Markham Gardens, Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Service, and the Center for Community Alternatives.


The Art Start Model

Art Start uses a student-centered approach to education. Our workshops instill in

our youth the confidence to appreciate who they already are and recognize what they innately have to offer the world; then, to think critically, ask important questions, and pursue meaningful opportunities in life – against all odds.


Our creative workshops are structured to support consistency, build resilience, and provide direction to homeless and court-involved youth. Using art and music projects, workshops encourage personal development and focus on the outlet for expression. Youth are free to build trusting relationships with our teaching artists naturally, learning to open up and bond in ways not always supported through a traditional social service or education model. And because Art Start comes to the youth, both in terms of location and circumstance, we’re able to reach them despite the physical and psychological walls often existing that keep them closed off from the rest of the world. Though they face many obstacles, our youth have dreams that far surpass their circumstances. They yearn to be participants and make meaningful contributions. Art Start supports youth in thriving in their lives with confidence, creativity and hope, and in transforming a time of instability into a time for personal growth and development.




Please send the following items to Hannah Immerman /

- Resume, Cover letter & Artist Bio, if available

- Two professional references in the field of arts, education or youth development

- Samples of music projects, video, artwork, if available.



Spanish speaking a plus.


None specified


No requirement