Instrument Specialist In-School Teaching Artist

September 18, 2022
Philadelphia, PA
Job Type


Current Openings



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 Instrument Specialists for programming at Roman Catholic High School.

About Roman Catholic Preparatory School

Founded by Thomas E. Cahill in 1890 as the first free Diocesan Catholic high school for boys in the nation, Roman Catholic continues its tradition of excellence as it strives to offer a comprehensive academic curriculum within a disciplined Catholic environment. Enriched by its cultural, racial, and religious diversity, Roman Catholic provides a community where each young man can learn to appreciate and respect the uniqueness of others, while becoming a man of personal integrity. Roman Catholic High School strives to bring the Gospel values of Jesus Christ to its students, while forming a Catholic community which embodies the Christian spirit of service to all.

Job Description

The Classroom Instrumental Specialist (CIS) position works with beginning high school students who have varying degrees of musical skills. This position works at Play On Philly's Roman Catholic Music Center to offer instructional support to the in-house music teacher. CISs will offer specialized instruction to students, helping to get students started on instruments as well as providing instruction to students who already have a few years of experience. These specialists work collaboratively and independently to ensure students are making steady progress on their instruments, music literacy skills, and repertoire. CISs manage their classes to create a safe, welcoming, and rigorous environment. All POP instructors are responsible for encouraging students to adhere to the POP rules and guidelines for student citizenship.

This role is supervised by the on-site music teacher and works in partnership with that teacher's needs and requirements for the greater program. We are looking for lifelong learners and collaboratively natured individuals who enjoy and have experience working with high-schoolers, 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 a professional musician.
  • You have at least one year of formal music teaching experience with young people.
  • You can work occasional nights and weekends as required.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As a social justice organization, POP is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. 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.

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!

Hourly Rate

This position is paid on a pre-set hourly rate of $100 per two-class session. Instructors may be asked to teach up to 4 hours each week.

Work Commitment

The schedule below is an estimate of hours for this position.

Mondays and Fridays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

September 9, 2022 - May 24, 2023

(There will be no work during Roman Catholic's school holidays and closed days. Schedule to be provided by the Site Assistant.)

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.
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