Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's Tune Up Philly - Violin Teaching Artists

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Job Opening for permanent and substitute teachers:
Monday-Tuesday, 3:15-4:45 p.m., in Southwest Philadelphia


  • Coordinate with program faculty to meet student learning benchmarks and carry out shared pedagogical approaches
  • Develop creative and challenging lesson plans in advance of daily classes
  • Learn, understand, and represent the program’s philosophies of uplifting youths, families, and communities through the pursuit of musical excellence
  • Lead group classes for students in grades 1-5 and assist with ensemble rehearsals and program events
  • Participate in program events such as professional development and concerts
  • Have the ability to solely manage a classroom of students
  • Report directly to Tune Up Philly directors and respond to all correspondence in a timely fashion


  • Passion for music and the arts as a vehicle for positive social change
  • Excellent musicianship
  • At least two years teaching experience with beginners and in group classes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team
  • Ability to be flexible and capable of working in challenging environments
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Strong knowledge of standard music pedagogy
  • Ability to oversee groups of children and teenagers
  • Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required; post-graduate degree, certifications, or equivalent experience a plus
  • Experience teaching more than one instrument a plus
  • Must have up to date FBI and Pennsylvania Child Abuse clearances
  • Experience teaching in urban under resourced communities a plus


  • Offering regular, competitive hourly compensation for the academic calendar.
To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Paul Smith, Director of Tune Up Philly, at: For more information, visit