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Percussion Teaching Artist

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Play On Philly

About Play On Philly

Play On Philly (POP) is a non-profit organization that provides daily, after-school music instruction to over 300 K-12 students. We work in communities that historically have had little or no access to formal music education. 

We are seeking a Percussion Teaching Artist for our Music Center location at St. Rose of Lima School in Philadelphia. This Teaching Artist will lead a percussion studio of students who have 1-2 years of playing experience. 


Job Description

Teaching Artists (TA) work collaboratively and independently to ensure students are making steady progress on their instruments, music literacy skills, and repertoire and can manage their class to create a safe, welcoming, and rigorous environment in their classrooms and at their Music Centers, at-large. All POP TAs are responsible for encouraging students to adhere to the POP rules and guidelines for student citizenship.

This role is supervised by the Program Coordinator and works in partnership with the Program Manager, Music Director, and other POP TAs. As POP team members, TAs actively participate in professional development and continued education to cultivate and hone their teaching skills. We are looking for lifelong learners, and collaboratively natured individuals who enjoy and have experience working with school-aged children (1st – 8th grades), are creative, and can problem-solve and multi-task. 


A successful candidate:

  • You are passionate about music education.
  • You are calm under pressure.
  • You have experience with teaching groups of five or more students at once.
  • You are excited to serve a community through music. 
  • You are open to collaboration and feedback 



  • You specialize in percussion; orchestral percussion preferred.
  • At least one year of formal music teaching experience with young people is preferred.
  • You can work occasional nights and weekends as required.


Salary Range

Salary is contingent upon scope of work. 

$6,500 - $7,000 for Winter/Spring Session (Jan - May 2024)


Work Commitment

January 2, 2024 – May 24, 2024 

  • Mondays and Fridays 2:45pm – 5:15pm
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:45pm – 4:15pm


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

POP is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and is actively trying to attract a wide pool of candidates. Discrimination against race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information is both illegal and against our organization’s values. As part of our Commitment to Cultural Equity and Anti-Racism, POP is working to understand who is applying to our open positions. Your responses will help us to evaluate and improve our current practices. If you feel comfortable volunteering your demographic details strictly for informational purposes, you will be invited to respond to the optional section in the job application.

Our Community

POP is rooted in the community of Philadelphia. We welcome all applicants and invite our local community members to apply. We want to hear from you!


In lieu of a cover letter, please be prepared to answer the following questions: [250 word maximum per response]

  • Why are you interested in POP?
  • What do you like about working with children or young adults?
  • Tell us about a teacher or role model who really influenced you. 
To Apply

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