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Teaching Artist

Opera Philadelphia

Type of Employment: Contract (estimated 5 hours a week)

Dates of Employment: 20 weeks each semester (8/2-12/17 and 1/3-5/20)

Compensation: $2625 per semester 

Reports to: Education Manager


  • Teach interactive 45-minute lessons in a classroom setting to students from grades K – 12
  • Create and direct a short theatrical performance suitable to the elementary level
  • Assist in developing original lesson plans in a team collaborative with co-teaching artists and classroom teachers
  • Teach students about various aspects of opera, opera production, music and music appreciation, classical vocal technique, acting techniques
  • Attend professional development sessions
  • Maintain strong communication with classroom teacher via email, phone, or in-person meetings
  • Execute evaluative needs of the program
  • Obtain all federal, state, and local background clearances

Qualifications Desired:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in music, voice, theater, music education, or equivalent job experience
  • Previous experience teaching music in a classroom setting or working with an outreach program
  • Responsible, self-motivated, and able to work with little supervision independently and as a valuable member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • An interest in working with a culturally diverse inner-city school population
  • A flexible daytime work schedule and a reliable mode of transportation
  • Ability to play piano a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus


An equal opportunity employer, Opera Philadelphia is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.

To Apply

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