Teaching Artist

Founded in 1992 by world-renowned violinist Midori and a devoted board of directors, Midori & Friends provides a diverse menu of music education programs to children and teens throughout New York City. Midori & Friends programs annually engage over 17,000 students at over 70 schools and community organizations within 25 of New York City’s most underserved neighborhoods. Music enrichment is customized for each school partner based on the school administration’s vision of arts education for its students; all programs are aligned with the firm philosophy of music teaching and learning espoused and articulated by our founder, Midori, who is also on the faculty of the Strings Department at the Curtis Institute of Music.

About 12 Notes:

12 Notes programs engage PreK-12 students in sequential, standards-based instruction on  guitar, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, flute, violin, cello, percussion, or voice, scheduled once or twice-weekly over 16 to 30 weeks. Led by teaching artists who are actively performing, professional musicians, our residencies are developed to provide students with a solid foundation of musicianship and technique, while nurturing listening skills, imagination, and emotional expression. These principles are guided by the Midori & Friends Milestones for Student Learning. By the program’s end, students have tangible musical skills to share with their family and school community.

Our Teaching Artists:

Our Teaching Artists provide positive, engaging, multi-faceted, high-quality musical experiences that nurture the development of students’ musical and collaborative skills and creative abilities. Midori & Friends Teaching Artists are graduates of the country’s top conservatories and music education programs. They are not only fine musicians, but are passionate educators who seek to enrich and inspire students through music.

Teaching Artist Vacancies:

Midori & Friends is seeking part-time teaching artists in the following areas: Guitar, Voice, Cello, Violin, and Percussion. Residencies take place during and after school hours. It is anticipated that most student participants in these residencies will be at a beginner or intermediate performing level.


Applicants must have a degree in music and/or music education and 3-5 years of teaching experience with beginner students in grades PreK-12. Teaching experience in New York City public schools is preferred. Teaching Artists should have creative approaches to teaching music while integrating the Midori & Friends Milestones, and an ability to motivate and provide high-quality learning experiences for students of all backgrounds, abilities, and interests.  All selected Teaching Artists must be fingerprinted with the New York City Department of Education and members of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802.


Midori & Friends offers competitive teaching rates, as well as contributions to pension and health insurance.

Application Process:

Please email your cover letter, teaching resume, and contact information for 3 references (people who are familiar with your teaching) to Anna Conigliari, Program Coordinator at or fax to (212) 767-0018.

Midori & Friends is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to make all personnel decisions without discriminating on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, physical disability, mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national or ethnic origin, and any other protected status.