Teaching Artist

Mission: The Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together, and lifts the human spirit.

About the Seattle Symphony: The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world, Benaroya Hall. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults every year.

Position Overview: A Teaching Artist (artist-educator) is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through or about the arts. Teaching Artists will work in all areas of the Seattle Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement programs.

Reports to: Education management team
Position is: Part time, hourly, non-exempt

Primary Responsibilities

Lead classes, workshops, and pre-concert activities

  • Teach on-site at Benaroya Hall or off-site at schools, community centers and at other nonprofit organizations
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers, community partners, Education and Community Engagement staff, other Teaching Artists, musicians, and others to develop lesson plans that support the goals of each individual program
  • Prepare, implement and submit unit plans and lesson plans
  • Create a safe and culturally responsive learning environment for program participants
  • Facilitate conversations and activities with participants based on program outcomes and objectives

Documentation and assessment

  • Report class attendance
  • Collect and/or photograph participant work
  • Embed participant learning outcomes into unit plans and lesson plans with concrete strategies to assess or modify those outcomes

Attend and participate in ongoing professional development

  • Attend and participate in retreats and professional development meetings
  • Actively participate in and take ownership of one’s own learning
  • Contribute to group learning and reflection

Provide excellent customer service

  • Greet patrons and provide knowledgeable answers to questions about Seattle Symphony Education and Community Engagement programs and events



  • Completed or working towards Bachelor or Master Degree (or equivalent experience). Majors in instrumental music performance, composition, music education or music therapy, preferred


  • Demonstrated performance experience on primary instrument


  • Ability to engage and challenge individuals and groups through music
  • Experience designing and implementing developmentally appropriate curricula, including lesson plans and unit plans
  • Ability to create safe, inclusive, supportive and creative environments for all audiences
  • Strong organizational, presentation and communication skills


  • Interpersonal skills: work with a wide range of people and deal with conflict accordingly
  • Attention to detail and a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities
  • Ability to problem-solve, be flexible and imaginative. A sense of humor and excellent communication skills
  • Experience working in topics of social justice and racial equity
  • Available on weekends and evenings
  • Must be available for all trainings and meetings
  • Reliable transportation to Benaroya Hall and offsite locations

Benefits of Joining the Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony Teaching Artists enjoy a flexible schedule within an organization that supports and encourages their art-making. They receive competitive pay, high-quality ongoing professional development, and focused individual attention and support by administrative staff.

The Seattle Symphony is an equal-opportunity employer that fosters diversity and welcomes the candidacy of underrepresented groups.


To apply, send a resume and cover letter to jobs@seattlesymphony.org or fax to (206) 215-4701. No phone calls please. A satisfactory outcome from criminal background verification is required prior to hire. Application deadline: July 24, 2017.

The Seattle Symphony values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity (EOE) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Seattle Symphony will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.