In Museum Per Diem Teaching Artists

In Museum Per Diem Teaching Artists

Department: Education

Reports to: Education Director


The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a thriving center for jazz that stimulates hearts and minds, and reaches out to diverse audiences to enjoy this quintessential American music. The Museum was founded in 1997 by Leonard Garment, Counsel to two U.S. Presidents, and an accomplished jazz saxophonist, Abraham D. Sofaer, a former U.S. District Judge who gave the initial gift in honor of his brother-in-law Richard J. Scheuer, Jr., and matching funds from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.


Our mission is to preserve, promote and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and the celebration of jazz locally, nationally and internationally.


The Museum is committed to keeping jazz present and exciting in the lives of a broad range of audiences: young and old, novice and scholar, artist and patron, enthusiast and curious listener. Each year, the Museum produces and presents more than 80 free programs in New York City, engaging hundreds of professional jazz artists and reaching nearly 20,000 people from around the world. The Museum is a hub for live performances, exhibitions and educational programs. It is also home to our widely acclaimed Savory Collection, which includes more than 100 hours of live recordings of jazz legends made from New York City radio broadcasts aired between 1935 and 1941.


Job Summary:

The National Jazz Museum is seeking Per Diem Teaching Artists to lead education workshops for students ages Pre-K through College. Under the supervision of the Director of Education, teaching artists facilitate inquiry-based tours in the museum gallery, lead music based activities to provide a window into the past present & future, and expose students to jazz music.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem provides paid training upon hiring and throughout the school year to develop teaching artists’ museum education practice, jazz history knowledge, and class management skills. The ideal candidate will have a passion for jazz history and an appreciation for engaging learners of all ages and abilities.

Museum Programs take place Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM and will be assigned to educators as they are booked. Occasionally there will be opportunities to teach on the weekend. Teaching artists must be available on January 30th from 1PM to 5PM for job training.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Must be available Thursday, January 30th from 1PM to 5PM for job training.
  • Able to teach inquiry based programming about jazz, Harlem, Black Culture, and American history in The National Jazz Museum in Harlem gallery.
  • Comfortable leading music-based activities.
  • Learn all programs by studying the provided program outlines and PowerPoints.
  • Prior to teaching, teaching artists will gather materials, set-up chairs, and technology (laptop, projector, and sound board) to conduct a successful program.
  • Required to attend regularly-scheduled education trainings.
  • Additional duties as requested may include, but not be limited to, family programs, the museum’s annual gala, and special events.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in History, Education, Jazz Studies, and/or Music or equivalent work experience in the above fields.
  • Candidates must have worked in a museum or educational setting with experience establishing a strong rapport with groups of students (Kindergarten to College).
  • Knowledge or interest related to jazz and American history.
  • Ability to play an instrument is not required. Willingness to sing and lead music-based activities preferred.


$70 per Museum Workshop (maximum 3 workshops a day)

Paid training.

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to by January 23rd. Please reference your last name and “In Museum Per Diem Teaching Artist” in the subject line. No phone calls please – we will respond to those candidates whose qualifications best align with the components of this job description.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and we will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.