Title: Percussion Teaching Artist
Department: Education and Community Engagement
Reports to: OrchKids Artistic Director and Site Coordinator
Classification: Independent Contractor 
After-school hours during the September – May school year. 
During school hours in the June – July Summer Session.
Some evening and weekend commitments.
Start Date: Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and ideal candidates will be contacted based on openings and availability.
Inquiry: Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@bsomusic.org. No phone calls. Applications for multiple teaching artist positions are welcome.

Job Summary:

The Percussion Teaching Artist leads percussion classes of 3 – 7 students in grades 2 – 8 in accordance with the mission and educational goals of the OrchKids program.  Working with students in both small group lessons and larger ensemble rehearsals, the Percussion TA ensures the highest quality percussion experience for students. The Percussion TA collaborates with other OrchKids faculty to help develop program curriculum, as well as facilitates positive individual, family, and community growth through guidance and role modeling.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach percussion classes of 3 – 7 students in grades 2 – 8.
  • Hold students to high artistic standards, cultivating students’ soloist, ensemble, and improvisational skills.
  • Work to develop social skills in students as reflected in the OrchKids mission.
  • Reinforce the fundamentals of music as taught during in-school musicianship classes.
  • Collaborate with OrchKids teaching artist faculty to help create curriculum and select appropriate musical material.
  • Prepare and rehearse students for selected concerts and events.
  • Attend and assist in select concerts and off-campus performances.
  • Attend monthly evening staff meetings.
  • Maintain good lines of communication with OrchKids Artistic Director, Site Coordinator, OrchKids staff, Baltimore City Public Schools site teachers, and students’ family members.


  • Experience teaching elementary music education.
  • Fine musicianship skills on percussion family instruments.
  • Strong knowledge of percussion repertoire, curriculum, and pedagogy. 
  • Strong classroom management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with children of diverse backgrounds.
  • Passion for and belief in OrchKids’ mission.
  • Desire to be a motivational mentor and role model for OrchKids students and community.
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively.
  • High level of professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills.

About the Organization:
Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand the Orchestra’s relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. Believing that music and mentorship open doors and that every child should have the opportunity to experience making music, the BSO's OrchKids has the following mission: (1) Use music as a vehicle to provide Baltimore City children with mentoring, encouragement and vision for a promising future. (2) Create an after-school program devoted to music appreciation, academics, citizenship, community awareness, family and health (emotional, social and physical). (3) Continue to develop the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as an accessible community resource. For more information, visit www.bsomusic.org/orchkids

The Baltimore Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The BSO is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, sexual orientation, or national origin is prohibited.