Position Title: Journey to Japan Teaching Artist

Status: Part Time/Seasonal
Reports to: Program Associate, School & Community Partnerships

About Midori & Friends:
Founded in 1992 by world-renowned violinist Midori, Midori & Friends, provides transformative tuition-free music education, access to live performances, and leadership development for underserved youth.

About the “Journey to Japan” Program:
“Journey to Japan” is an immersive exploration of Japanese artistry and musical traditions designed for students in grade K-5 across New York City. This series provides dynamic, multi-disciplinary cultural workshops and performances, offering hands-on sessions with taiko drumming and artist-led workshops.

Job Description:

We are seeking a creative and dynamic individual to join our team as an instructor for the “Journey to Japan” program. The ideal candidate should have a passion for Japanese art and music and be adept at engaging students in a group class setting.

School: 226X

Location: 1950 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453

Grade Level: 3rd Grade

Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Taiko Drumming has been fulfilled.
Ikebana Floral Design
Japanese Calligraphy
Japanese Songs
Japanese Art


Plan and deliver interactive and engaging lessons in Ikebana Floral Design, Origami, Japanese Calligraphy, Japanese Songs, and Japanese Art for 3rd-grade students.
Foster a creative and inclusive learning environment that encourages student participation and exploration of Japanese cultural traditions.
Collaborate with fellow instructors to enhance the overall program experience.
Incorporate hands-on activities and artist-led workshops to make learning both educational and enjoyable.
Assess and adapt teaching methods to meet the diverse learning needs of students.


Demonstrated expertise and passion for Japanese art and music.
Previous experience in teaching or facilitating group classes, preferably in an elementary school setting.
Strong organizational and communication skills.
Ability to inspire creativity and curiosity in students.

Application Process:
Please email your letter of interest, teaching resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@midoriandfriends.org.

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.