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Beginning Strings Teachers (violin, viola, and cello)

About MYS: Metropolitan Youth Symphony serves approximately 500 students through 13 orchestra, band, jazz, string and percussion ensembles at rehearsal sites located in NE Portland and Hillsboro. Making music education available to students at all levels of ability and experience, MYS offers theory classes, instrumental coaching, and opportunities to collaborate with artists across artistic disciplines. Artists such as Regina Carter have performed with us, and last year’s online environment saw master classes with musicians from the Metropolitan Opera to the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. We are committed to performing a wide variety of repertoire, including new music and works from women and composers of color. Our ground-breaking program, The Authentic Voice, showcases the work of student composers from Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project at the concerts of our most advanced orchestra. Each season MYS ensembles present four concerts at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts venues and eleven community concerts throughout the Portland/Vancouver area.
With a core commitment to access and inclusion, MYS provides tuition-free beginning strings classes at three locations, as well as tuition assistance, loaner instruments, and 15 in-school concerts at low-income schools to reach over 5,000 students each season.
MYS is committed to building a diverse staff, artistic team, board and student community believing that the variety and depth of our experiences helps us to serve the community most effectively.

Statement of Culture: MYS is a welcoming community of students, families, conductors, coaches, teachers, supporters and volunteers. On stage and off, MYS students support each other and inspire one another. We empower our students to achieve excellence in a balanced and meaningful way, by supporting their musical development and celebrating their varied interests and passions.

MYS is a safe space for all students. MYS does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, or the presence of any mental or physical disability in its employment, programs and/or activities.

Beginning Strings Teacher Job Description

About MYS Beginning Strings: In keeping with MYS’ mission of making music education available to musicians at all levels, the Beginning Strings Program grants students, who might not otherwise have an opportunity to learn an instrument, the resources to get started. This two-year program provides students of low-income backgrounds with an instrument and instruction with the goal of preparing them to enter our entry-level string ensemble in their third year of playing.

Classes and lessons take place weekly at three metro area locations: Bienestar de la Familia in NE Portland’s Cully neighborhood, Faubion School in NE Portland, and Lincoln Street Elementary School in Hillsboro. Each student will receive one 20-minute one-on-one lesson each week (which may be either in-person or via an online tool) and one 90-minute group class after school. Classes will have a maximum enrollment of 10 students, and all students in the group will be learning the same instrument (violin, viola or cello).  Instructors will work with a set of expected technical and musical benchmarks intended to prepare students to join MYS’s Overture Strings at the end of their second year of instruction. Instructors will continually assess progress of individual students and consult with MYS artistic leadership regarding students who are making slower or faster progress than expected. Instructors may be asked to participate in assessment tests for prospective new students.  

The teachers of Beginning Strings are dedicated musicians who enjoy working with beginning level string students (violin, viola or cello).


• Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education or Performance
• At least one year of experience working with students with no previous instrumental experience

Interested candidates should send a resume and introductory email to