Violin/Viola Instructor / The People's Music School

Job Title: Violin/viola Instructor

Location:  Back-of-the-Yards Program

Start date:  November 2017

Reports to: Program Director


Organization Overview

The People's Music School is a 40-year old institution that has brought the transformative benefits of music to over 10,000 lives across Chicago. Our model is completely tuition-free. We serve kids age 5-18 who otherwise would not be able to afford music education. Since music education has benefits that extend far beyond the artistic benefits, we view ourselves as an institution building future leaders. We build cognitive, academic, and social-emotional skills through an intense and rigorous curriculum. Our students learn with us for up to 12 hours per week and their families fulfill a significant volunteer time requirement. In the last 18 months, the school has grown 2x under new leadership composed of alumni from Bain & Company and A Better Chicago, and world-class experience from a newly energized Board of Directors.  And we're just getting started...


Job Summary

The People’s Music School is seeking an experienced violin/viola instructor for our Back-of-the-Yards (4619 S Wolcott) program. The instructor will be responsible for teaching private lessons, small group lessons, and/or coaching chamber ensembles.



· Deliver high-quality instruction to students in Grades 2 - 8

· Provide assessment of students’ musical and behavioral progress

· Act as a mentor to each student and create positive rapport with students

· Collaborate with parents, administrative staff, and other faculty

· Timely correspondence with Program Director, school staff, and parents

· Active participation in faculty meetings, adjudication of juries, and student performances

Skills & Qualifications: 


  • Minimum level of education required is a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in music education or performance
  • Ability to work during program hours Monday/Wednesday/Thursday from 3:15 – 5:15
  • Self-motivated and unflappable; ability to work effectively in a busy school environment
  • Prior experience teaching children of different ages and ability levels a plus
  • Experience working with children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Knowledge of appropriate repertoire for students of this age range
  • A high level of personal musicianship and professionalism
  • Belief in our transformative mission is a must
  • Demonstrate a commitment to TPMS core values. 



Compensation for this position commensurate with experience.

To Apply: 

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume to Natalie Butler at


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Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Natalie Butler