Teaching Artist AMPLIFY

Teaching Artist – Music Technology/Sound Engineering

The Young Musicians Foundation’s (YMF) mission is to empower under-served, frequently marginalized students to find creativity, connection and joy through music, which we’ve been doing since 1955. YMF’s Teaching Artists are at the heart of our organization’s mission, providing tuition-free weekly music instruction to students and communities. Our accessible and responsive approach to music instruction reaches students ages 4 to adult across Los Angeles through partnerships with under-resourced schools and community programs covering a 195-square-mile area in greater Los Angeles.

The AMPLIFY WiSE (Women in Sound Engineering) program is a unique partnership program between YMF and the Mayor’s Office WiSTEM initiative designed to support women-identifying high-school aged youth on a path towards careers that involve sound engineering and music production. 

Location: As of March 16th, 2020 and until further notice all YMF programming will be conducted via remote-learning through either video-based instruction, and/or through the implementation of asynchronous materials. If and when we are given the opportunity to resume in-person programming, on-site in-person instruction may resume. This will be on a site-by-site basis, pending guidance from qualified healthcare professionals, the LA county Department of Public Health, school and site partners, and internal YMF staff.

Hours: tbd

Compensation: $60 per hour – In-Person or Video/Remote based instruction, $20 per hour for professional development/planning, $35 per hour for concerts and/or program events as required.


  • Teach group music technology/production classes.
  • Integrate VAPA standards and SEL skills, as applicable, and apply knowledge to semester plans and weekly lessons, as required
  • Create an inclusive, affirming, and developmentally appropriate classroom environment that reflects and honors students’ learning and potential for growth
  • Maintain a safe and nurturing environment for students
  • Collaborate with teachers, administrators, staff, students, parents and community as required
  • Facilitate in the set-up and cleanup of classrooms/video-based classrooms for lessons as needed
  • Track and maintain student attendance as required
  • Create detailed substitute lesson plans and arrange for substitute coverage as needed
  • Additional duties as required

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience working in audio engineering, music technology, and/or sound design and the ability to communicate and teach these concepts to students at a beginning and intermediate level. 
  • Classroom or group teaching experience working with students from diverse and/or underserved communities.
  • Ability to inspire students by providing consistent, dedicated, and responsive music education experiences and opportunities that speak to the unique communities we serve.
  • Ability to challenge Euro-centric structures inherent in the music education system and actively explore traditional and modern intersections of music across diverse cultural perspectives
  • Four-year undergraduate degree in music/music education or equivalent industry/professional experience.
  • High level of musicianship and artistry that you bring to your role as an artist educator.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) and the ability to excel as part of a team.
  • Strong classroom management and organizational techniques that emphasize a positive and anti-bias approach to supporting students.
  • Punctual, timely, and organized.
  • Must be able to clear a TB test and Live Scan background check (required by YMF and our school site partners, before teaching).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest in continually developing and personal growth as an artist educator within a community of like minded individuals
  • Experience in restorative justice approach to discipline and classroom management
  • Ability to differentiate instruction to address a variety of unique student learning styles
  • Collaborative and flexible approach to teaching
  • Bilingual in Spanish

We highly value a diverse team and an equitable work environment where every member of our team is set up to thrive. We have taken steps to nurture this environment including an Equity, Diversity, Access, and Inclusion Committee that leads work to transform injustice within the organization. We expect all team members to take responsibility for co-creating an equitable work community where everyone is able to do impactful, world-changing work. We review our policies and practices for equity frequently. 

We encourage you to apply if this job sounds like a good fit for you and vice versa, even if you don’t feel as if you meet all the qualifications/requirements. Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, people of color, parents, are/have been system impacted, have different abilities, are immigrants and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and gender-based violence is encouraged to apply. We also encourage you to apply if this job sounds like a good fit for you and vice versa, even if you don’t feel as if you meet all the qualifications/requirements.”


How to Apply:

Please complete your application by using the Teaching Artist Application form.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 13th, 2021