"All of California’s children deserve to learn the important skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive work force,
as learned in sequential, standards-based music education courses taught by credentialed music educators."

Below is a list of music education related job opportunities.  

Jobs are posted for 60 days for a fee of $35.  Please limit your post to 350 words.

To submit a listing for a job announcement on the calmusiced.com jobs page, include the exact wording for the posting in the body of the email (no PDF attachments or logos please) and send to Trish Adams.  An invoice for the posting fee and information regarding payment methods will be provided.

Community Opus Program Manager
Full-time, Exempt
Reports to Deputy Director
Supervises Opus Coordinator, Teaching Artists, Program Assistant

Program Strategy

  • Identify and propose program expansions and lead the strategic design to meet community needs and advance SDYS’ vision.

  • Oversee creation and implementation of curriculum and instructional plans by the Teaching Artist faculty for weekly instruction and intensive camps.

Program Management

  • Provide managerial leadership of the Community Opus Project to achieve student musician learning goals, manage Community Opus Project budget, select performance opportunities, and assess efforts.

  • Supervise and support the Opus Coordinator, Program Assistants, and strings and winds Teaching Artists; provide appropriate professional development to team.

  • Collaborate with the Instrument Librarian and Production and Operations Manager to ensure a smooth and successful instrument distribution and retrieval process.

  • Develop and oversee workshops for parents and/or students, student mentoring program, and chamber music program.

  • Ensure strong parent engagement practices are embedded in all aspects of community programs.

Community Partnerships & Relations

  • Serve as Community Opus Project liaison to Chula Vista Elementary School District officials.

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with CVESD in-school music teachers, site leaders, classroom teachers, and partners.

Internal Coordination and Collaboration

  • Communicate with all staff to ensure continuity of programs, attend meetings, and provide content to other departments.

  • Work closely with the Deputy Director to hire teaching artists as well as engage coaches, clinicians and guest artists for the Community Opus Project.

Qualifications, application instructions, and more information are available at www.sdys.org/jobs.
Community Teaching Artist (Strings / Winds)
Part-time, Non-exempt
Reports to Community Opus Program Manager

About This Position:

The Teaching Artists on the Community Program team teach group sectionals and/or conduct and teach full ensembles, primarily to beginner and intermediate musicians. Our team builds musical skills, teaches fundamentals, brings out creativity, serves as mentors and role models, and builds community. We do not hire Teaching Artists to just teach music.  

Artistic Responsibilities:

  • Teach sectionals or conduct full ensembles
    Implement and teach appropriate pedagogy aligned with Opus benchmarks; pace lessons to meet student needs.

  • Inspire musicians through selecting and using great literature and etudes.

  • Create a consistent, positive rehearsal environment with procedures and expectations.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Go through proper protocol for fingerprinting at the district and county offices.

  • Arrive on time and prepared.

  • Learn and use the first names of your musicians and their families.

  • Actively supervise students; take and record student attendance at each rehearsal.

Citizenship Responsibilities:

  • Keep the “Artist” in the title “Teaching Artist” by maintaining and growing your own personal performance skills and taking advantage of performance opportunities.

  • Foster student participation in school music programs.

  • Form, build, and maintain relationships with all Opus stakeholders. 

Other duties as assigned.


  • Strong musical skills on a string or wind instrument

  • Group lesson or full ensemble teaching experience

  • Culturally sensitive

  • Flexibility and problem solving skills for situations that change or do not go as planned

  • Ability to be a team player and enhance a team that is passionate about making music education accessible and affordable for all youth

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching diverse learners beginning music skills, preferably with elementary school students

  • Bilingual (Spanish)

Hours/Location of Employment:

Vary, based on position. Immediate openings include a Violin Teaching Artist and a Beginning Elementary School String Conductor. Hours and location could include:

  • Monday 3:15-5:45 p.m. and Wednesday 3:15-6:15 at an elementary school in Chula Vista.

  • Tuesday 3:15-5:45 p.m. and Thursday 3:15-6:15 at an elementary school in Chula Vista.

  • Additional time after 5:45 p.m. or on Friday afternoons or evenings may be possible.

Application instructions and more information are available at www.sdys.org/jobs
Elementary General, Elementary Instrumental and Choral, Secondary Instrumental and Choral Music
San Diego Unified School District—Multiple full and part time positions
Elementary General, Elementary Instrumental and Choral, Secondary Instrumental and Choral Music
  • Certificated FT  - $45,667.32 - $94,318.34 annually, great benefit package
  • Contact Mark Nicholson for more information mnicholson@sandi.net

Musician Instructor (Adaptive Dance Program)

Part Time

Segerstrom Center for the Arts believes deeply in making art accessible to everyone. The new Adaptive Dance program will create an inclusive community giving children with disabilities the chance to enjoy dance alongside friends.
This program will run 45 minute to hour long classes and workshops at Segerstrom Center and throughout Orange County. We are passionate about providing an inclusive, fun and rich dance experience for children by making dance accessible to all, regardless of ability. We ensure that all children can experience both the physical benefits of movement and socializing with friends.
The musician will be a critical member of the teaching team. We envision a time for our students to interact directly with the musician. Furthermore, we recognize the scientific benefit of exposing children to live vs. recorded music. Given the nature of our classes, we encourage musicians of all styles and types of instruments to apply.
Musician Responsibilities:
  • Providing accompaniment to support dance in class;
  • Using music to support engagement and class participation;
  • Supporting students’ development of rhythm and musicality;
  • Making accommodations to ensure each student’s needs are met;
  • Adjusting music to the needs of students and teachers;
  • Communicating with other teaching artists, volunteers, and staff to ensure cohesive instruction;
  • Contributing to evaluation and measurement of classes when needed; and
  • Undertaking any other tasks or duties that may reasonably be required in relation to the role.


  • The ideal musician has a special touch in both disposition and experience.  Most importantly, the musician should possess the following:
  • A demonstrated sensitivity to students with disabilities and diverse backgrounds;
  • A great capacity for patience;
  • A compassion for those with different skill sets; and
  • An adaptive frame of mind.

Next, their Experience and/or Education will include the following in part or in whole:

  • Experience and comfort in accompanying a ballet or dance class;
  • Education in teaching music;
  • Experience in managing the personality range that can come in a classroom setting; and
  • Specific experience with differently abled children.

Please visit http://www.scfta.org/Get-Involved/Careers/Careers.aspx or email Community@SCFTA.org for more information.