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Teach With ETM-CO

We are now screening teaching candidates for the 2024-2025 school year.

What We Offer Music Teachers

Attracting and retaining the very best teachers is core to our mission of providing high-quality music education at our partner schools. Education Through Music-Colorado is developing the talent of its teachers through programs and resources that deepen their knowledge and enhance their skills. ETM-CO offers programs that support teachers’ professional development ensuring their long-term success.

Optimal Placement

Placement in Colorado elementary schools in need of quality music education.

Professional Development

Ongoing professional development, support and mentorship throughout the school year.

Start Immediately

Teach while securing CO certification (applying for and transferring from another state).

Tuition Reimbursement

We offer graduate school tuition reimbursement to all teachers.

Our Music Teacher Hiring Process

Do you want to make a difference in education? Take the first step and tell us more about yourself. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a screening call and interview. Finalists will give a teaching demonstration.

Step 2

Should you qualify, we’ll schedule an individual interview.

Step 3

Finalists will be asked to teach a lesson geared toward the students and content of the desired position.

“Teaching music with ETM has not only given me the chance to bring music to children who were missing out on this important learning, but also helped me grow as an educator and member of my community.”

Cody Witsken

ETM-CO Music Teacher

Still have questions?

Why should I work for ETM-CO rather than pursuing a position with the school district?

In many cases, ETM-CO is creating music teaching positions by partnering with schools that are without music programming. ETM-CO teachers get to make a difference in students’ music education by envisioning and implementing a new music program, and they are supported with numerous professional development opportunities and ongoing coaching from their Instructional Supervisor. The ETM music teacher is treated as an integral part of the school community, and the ultimate goal is for the teacher to be hired to school faculty.

How do I apply to be an ETM music teacher?

Read our full job description and then submit your application online 

Could this be a career?

Our long-term goal is to build sustainability in each of our partnerships and work towards getting ETM-CO teachers hired directly by the principals of the schools they are placed in.

How much should my students know at the end of the semester?

ETM-CO follows the state’s standards and benchmarks. We acknowledge that there might be holes in students’ knowledge and skills if they haven’t had access to music education. The teacher will design assessment, curriculum, and instruction to ensure students’ ongoing musical growth.

About how much preparation is necessary to teach each week?

While this varies depending on background and training, it is not atypical, especially for beginning teachers, to spend an hour or more preparing each lesson plan, with a plan being required for each grade level. Thorough planning is critical to success in the classroom. Quizzes, projects and other assignments also take time to assess and record. The teacher will receive regular plan time comparable to their art and PE school-based colleagues.

How am I evaluated?

Each ETM-CO Music Teacher receives a combination of informal and formal observations, which are based on a rubric in the areas of classroom environment, instruction, and professionalism. Observations are used to guide the teacher’s learning and coaching cycle.

Who do I report to?

ETM-CO Music Teachers report directly to the Instructional Supervisor and indirectly to the Program Manager and Executive Director.

What materials does ETM provide for students and music teachers?

ETM-CO provides the teacher at each partner school with a budget to use for purchasing an assortment of general music classroom instruments such as hand percussion, ukuleles, keyboards, etc. This budget can also be used to purchase resources such as curriculum materials.

Will I receive any training and professional development?

Yes. ETM-CO provides ongoing training and professional development to ETM-CO Music Teachers and to school-employed music teachers.

Throughout the school year, we provide day-long and evening workshops in both small and large group settings to reinforce training and introduce other topics. We also provide ongoing mentoring and coaching throughout the year.

Is this a full time job?

Most of our teaching positions are full time. There may be part-time positions available and these will be noted in job listings.

What is expected of me?

In addition to teaching a rigorous and standards-based music curriculum to students, the music teacher directs two performance opportunities for every student. Music teachers are also expected to participate in school-based roles such as meetings, trainings, events, and supervision duties. Music teachers will attend all professional development provided by ETM-CO. Our music teachers are expected to assess students; these assessments guide instruction and are reported to stakeholders (parents, students, ETM-CO, donors). Since ETM-CO is a nonprofit organizations, music teachers can expect to host donor visits and to prepare their students for benefit concerts.

What benefits does ETM provide for Music Teachers?

ETM-CO Music Teachers who maintain a regular teaching schedule of four or more days per week are eligible to enroll in an employee-contributed health insurance plan. Each Music Teacher also receives a number of paid sick days pro-rated based on their regular teaching schedule.

How much do I get paid?

Because ETM-CO can offer substantial and sustained employment throughout the school year, it can also offer a dependable and consistent level of income. Our teachers get paid a bi-monthly salary, depending on teaching experience and educational qualifications. Merit raises are considered once a year, typically during the summer months.

Would I be an employee of ETM-CO?

ETM-CO Music Teachers are employees of ETM-CO, not consultants. Taxes, social security, etc., are withheld as directed by law.

Over time, we work with our partner school principals to help them find room in their budgets to hire music teachers to school staff, so our long-term goal is for our teachers to get hired directly by our partner schools.

If you are hired by one of our partner schools we will continue to provide you with support and training, at the discretion of the principal.

What is ETM?

Founded in New York City in 1991, Education Through Music (ETM) is one of the country’s leading music education nonprofit organizations. ETM provides music as a core subject for all children and have been able to provide quality music education into the core curriculum for thousands of K-8 students and help school systems to maintain those programs independently. Thanks to continuous growth and proven academic success for their students over nearly three decades, ETM has been able to launch affiliates in Colorado and Los Angeles.

Where do your teachers teach?

Our music teachers are assigned to a partner school based on compatibility, where they teach in their own classrooms. During the interview, we can offer more information about the school.

Do you hire non-licensed teachers?

Yes! We believe in providing access to music teaching for promising candidates who are interested in a career of music education and who demonstrate musical proficiency and transferable skills. ETM-CO expects non-licensed teachers to pursue alternative licensure in their second year of employment, and we support our teachers in that process. 

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What is it like teaching for Education Through Music?

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