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Teaching Artist – Performing Arts


At LEAP, we believe in the transformational power of the arts. We started as a grassroots movement with just four schools. Today, our teaching artists serve 20,000 kids across the city in over 150 New York City public schools. Every day, our educational arts programs inspire diverse school communities to be more engaged in learning and build critical skills. Our quality educational arts programs promote access and equity for New York City students underserved in the arts.

We are seeking passionate, experienced teaching artists with a strong interest in arts and academic integration for long term art residencies at our partner schools in all five boroughs. Teaching artists must have demonstrated previous experience teaching the visual arts, ideally in NYC public school settings in the following genre:

  • Theater: Based in the art of storytelling, theater uses emotion, voice, and the body. From playwriting, to acting, to technical set design, theater examines the world through character, conflict, and action.
  • Dance: Dance is a kinesthetic art form where learning takes place in the body, and is based on the exploration of steps, patterns, sequencing, creative movement, improvisation, choreography, and performance. Dance styles range from ballet, to hip-hop, to Latin dance.
  • Music: Music uses instruments and voice to communicate with rhythm, pitch, and vibrations. Through performance, composition, analysis, and cultural connections, musical study explores the power of organized sound.


  • Represent LEAP through collaborative planning with classroom teachers and schools to add value to existing school goals and progress
  • Plan engaging and active lessons that combine the arts and academics
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students and teachers in daily lesson plans using the LEAP lesson format
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to all participants
  • Promote positive character development through modeling and instruction
  • Make LEAP a visible and exciting part of the school community
  • Aid in the organization and execution of student culminating performances and events
  • Work closely with the LEAP staff on data, attendance, and evaluation collection, and residency documentation, as needed
  • Attend and actively participate in required trainings and professional development


  • BA/BS (required), MA (a plus) related to the arts and/or education (preferred)
  • Demonstrated excellence in one or more art forms: Dance, Music, and or Theater
  • Passion for inclusion and advocacy in the arts
  • 2 years of experience working with the NYC DOE (or other major city) school system
  • Experience successfully teaching and instructing youth in the arts
  • Experience planning, creating, and executing exciting and meaningful lessons
  • Commitment to supporting the LEAP mission and instructional model
  • Ability to actively implement NYC Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts
  • Familiarity working with Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Exceptional writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Must be responsible, reliable, and punctual

At LEAP we are:
o Committed to feedback and willing to provide clear, consistent communication
o Community oriented, and believe in a shared moral responsibility
o Believers in self-care and the well-being of others
o Accountable to ourselves, our team, and the organization
o Strong proponents of diversity, equity, equality, and inclusivity
o Open-minded, creative, and flexible
o Mission driven
o Collaborative
o FUN!!!


  • Salary: Commensurate with experience
  • Hours: May vary per placement
  • Part-Time: This position qualifies for sick/personal time accrual

Pre-employment screening is required for this position, including but not limited to criminal history check by the NYC Department of Education, and other regulating agencies as needed per placement.

LEAP provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Date posted:

May 26

Expire date

Open Until Filled

Contact email:

NYC AiE Roundtable