Band Director - CYSO at NTA | Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) announces an immediate opening for a Band Director at National Teachers Academy. The Band Director will provide predominantly 5th – 7th grade beginner and intermediate level student musicians with their first exposure to instrumental instruction on woodwind and brass instruments. The year, August – May, includes a recruitment period, weekly afternoon rehearsals and in-school performances. 


The Band Director will work directly with the students National Teachers Academy providing instruction in instrumental technique, intonation, rhythm, tone quality, and reading music for woodwind and brass players.  The Band Director will consult with National Teaches Academy Music Teacher on all logistical items including rehearsal space, rehearsal time, in- school performance space and any items related to the instrument maintenance and class materials. 


The Band Director must have an intimate knowledge of and skills in all woodwind, and brass instruments, and demonstrate an ability to work with students with varying musical abilities.  The Band Director is expected to be present at all rehearsals, and scheduled performances throughout the year. 

Skills & Qualifications: 


  • Bachelor of Music degree required (concentration in Music Education or Music Performance preferred)
  • Master of Music degree in Music Education or Music Performance preferred
  • Band and/or Orchestral training and performance experience required
  • Related teaching and coaching experiences required
  • Must have ability to communicate easily and effectively with youth and families; excellent interpersonal skills; and ability to create a supportive learning environment



  • Coordinating recruiting activities and program orientation for students and families
  • Arrange for necessary substitute teachers for any proposed absences
  • Inform the Community Engagement Coordinator of any extended absences due to sick leave, maternity leave, classroom changes, jury duty etc
  • Meet with school administration and/or CYSO Community Engagement Coordinator as needed to ensure efficient program implementation
  • Include additional classroom materials or teaching aids as they become available
  • Program at least 2 performance opportunities for participating students throughout the school year
  • Manage class size, instrument assignments, and student expectations
  • Selection of textbooks and teaching materials
  • Communication with Site Coordinator and CYSO about any major changes that can affect the program implementation or student participation
  • Submit request to repair instruments when necessary to Site coordinator
To Apply: 


Please send a cover letter and résumé with three references to:

Malika Green, Community Engagement Coordinator

410 S. Michigan Ave #833

Chicago, IL 60605

E-mail preferred. No phone calls please.



Applications will be paper-screened and those exhibiting superior qualifications will be invited to an in person interview.



National Teachers Academy – August 1, 2018


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