SFJAZZ.org | Teaching Artist (On-Call)

Teaching Artist (On-Call)

SFJAZZ is hiring Teaching Artists with experience and expertise in poetry to teach within our Jazz In the Middle (JIM) program.

About SFJAZZ School Programs
SFJAZZ brings world-class jazz artists out of the concert hall and into the community, connecting youth and adults, students and professionals, musicians and non-musicians with a diverse array of interactive programs and events. From field trips to our unique SFJAZZ Center Auditorium, to hands-on learning in their very own classrooms with artists, our School Programs give students access to jazz’s critical history.

Jazz in the Middle
Established in 2001, Jazz In the Middle (JIM) sends experienced jazz musicians and professional poets into middle school humanities classrooms to share the history of jazz music from a social, historical, and creative perspective. Offered free to public middle schools, JIM explores the history of Black Americans, chattel slavery and African traditions, using the history of jazz music and it’s global influences from across the African Diaspora as a framework. Students are exposed to modern and historical examples of resistance from Black people all over the world and develop an understanding of the theory and practice behind the music that was born as a result of this resistance. 

Jazz in Session
Jazz in Session collaborates with schools in strengthening existing music instruction programs by making jazz education accessible to the Bay Area public school community through Band Director professional development workshops, free concert tickets, in-school performances, and tailored support by leading Bay Area clinicians.




$100 per hour. 

SFJAZZ IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY OF STAFF.  We particularly welcome those who bring the gifts of diversity to our organization. People of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING TO jobs@sfjazz.org. Mention “Teaching Artist (on-call)” in the subject line. Resumes will be accepted until the positions have been filled. 

As part of our interview process, we will have you prepare and present a 15-20 minute long creative lesson designed for middle school students. This teaching demonstration will take place via Zoom or in-person on a date TBD. 

Job Title:           Teaching Artist (on-call)
Department:      Education, School Programs 
Reports To:        School Programs Manager
Prepared Date:  August 2022

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