Occasional Strings Teacher

Date Posted: Oct 24, 2018
Start Date: Oct 25, 2018

Salary: $50/Hour
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits:
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus:
Job Type: Part-time
Career Level: Doesn’t apply

Organization Description

Sistema Toronto

Sistema Toronto provides musical and intellectual opportunities to children in vulnerable communities, with the end goal of transformative social change. We build stronger communities by enabling at-risk children to overcome poverty, grow, and thrive as engaged citizens and future leaders.
Sistema Toronto is first and foremost a social development program, using ensemble-based music education to transform the lives of at-risk children. Sistema Toronto students work together for 10 hours of weekly instruction. They learn strings (violin, viola, cello, or double bass), percussion, choir and Music & Movement while developing important life skills like problem solving, empathy, and self-advocacy.

Job Description

Sistema Toronto teachers work closely with students to help develop their musical abilities and social skills. Substitute teachers are required to fill in for regular teaching staff when they’re away for sick days, gigs, or scheduled vacation.

Substitute teachers will cover group strings classes at either Junior (ages 8-9), Intermediate (ages 9-10) or Senior (ages 11-12) levels as well as provide support to regular Sistema Toronto teachers during orchestra rehearsals.

When a substitute teaching shift becomes available, Sistema Toronto’s admin team will reach out via email with the details (time, date, location) of the shift and the sub teachers will have the opportunity to claim it. The teacher who will be taking the class will be provided with notes about what the class is working on and guidance in terms of how to spend the lesson.

Joining the Sistema Toronto Sub List is a great way to get involved with our organization and gain valuable teaching experience. When permanent teaching positions become available, the substitute list will be the first notified and given preference in the hiring process.


This position is suited for enthusiastic, highly-motivated and communicative individuals with experience working with children. We are looking for candidates who have strong musical backgrounds as well as some educational experience. The ability to work cooperatively, and flexibly with a busy teaching team are essential assets.
  • Music degree or equal performing experience
  • 1+ year teaching experience
  • Strong communication skills, patience
  • Values consistent with those of Sistema Toronto

Additional Info:

Sistema Toronto is a registered charity that provides musical and intellectual opportunities to children in three of Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods – Parkdale, Jane-Finch, and East Scarborough. Our 250 students develop important social skills such as empathy, problem solving, kindness, and perseverance while learning to play music together. They receive instruction of on orchestral string instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass), percussion, choir and Music & Movement for 10 hours per week throughout the school year.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and a brief cover letter to info@sistema-toronto.ca. In your cover letter, please indicate:
  • Your instrument(s)
  • Which centre(s) you can access
  • Your availability
Successful candidates will be asked to provide a current Vulnerable Sector Screening.