Teaching Artist/Music Therapist

Chicago Center for Music Education (ChiME) seeks a part-time music therapist with early childhood expertise to provide services at our West Town location and at partner schools. Duties to be fulfilled by the ideal candidate include delivering individual and group music therapy sessions and teaching early childhood music classes to children with diverse abilities.The ability to carry out assessments, collect, organize, and interpret data, write student goals, prepare progress reports, and collaborate with other teaching artists and therapists is also essential. Some travel within the city limits is required.

The Chicago Center for Music Education was founded as the Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians in 1981. In 2014, we began doing business as the Chicago Center for Music Education (ChiME). Our mission is to use the language of music to inspire self-expression, self-growth, and deeper human connections. Our goal is to provide long-term access to the many gifts music provides in hopes that one day all Chicagoans will value the language of music.

We serve nearly 3,000 children every year through our programs at ChiME and ten partner organizations, six of which are Chicago Public Elementary schools. Approximately 20% of the children we serve have diverse learning abilities and over 50% of the children we serve are economically disadvantaged. We provide our students with the gift of music through the following programs:

  • Early Childhood
  • Classroom-based music for K-8
  • Ensembles
  • Private Lessons
  • Music Therapy
Skills & Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A bachelor's degree in music therapy, master’s degree a plus.
  • Board certification.
  • Experience working with music therapy clients in a variety of settings.
  • Exceptional music skills and knowledge.
  • Exceptional classroom management skills.
  • Experience helping individuals develop non-musical skills through music.  
  • Excellent self-management and relationship management skills.
  • Ability to work with little direct supervision, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and take ownership of the job.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm.
To Apply: 

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and salary range requirements to jobs@chimemusic.org and include the title “Early Childhood/Music Therapist” in the subject line. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

ChiME is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants who are disabled may participate in the application process. Please advise us in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Gosia Bagley
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