Juilliard’s K–12 Programs and Initiatives department invites applicants for the position of Music Curriculum Specialist. Working on this highly collaborative team will contribute to the implementation of a comprehensive K–12 performing arts curriculum. We seek an experienced and creative musician-educator to design teaching resources, lead professional development workshops, and maintain relationships with our partner schools. This is a role that incorporates passion and skills for teaching young people in various musical settings, coaching teachers, and writing curriculum. All of our team members strive to uphold our key pedagogical values:
Success for all
Active and experiential learning
Inquiry and reflection
Providing meaningful encounters with high-quality works of music, dance, and drama
This is a full-time position that will require after-hours work and extensive travel.
The responsibilities, competencies, and expectations outlined below are representative, not exhaustive. Responsibilities may shift as needed to best align with organizational needs.
With the Senior Music Curriculum Specialist, play a central and creative role in the continued development of the music component of a K–12 performing arts curriculum, including:
Writing and curating teaching materials that center around recorded performances of repertoire from a variety of musical traditions. Online resources such as hands-on experiential activities for many ages groups, historical guides, and appropriate audio/visual materials for classroom use.
Writing, updating, and improving upon the teaching resources and materials in an ongoing manner
Creating resources demonstrating the Juilliard Approach to Classroom Instruction for publishing on Juilliard Creative Classroom website (Teaching and Learning Supports, and skills-based music content)
Function as the primary contact for a set number of schools to be determined each year (domestic and/or international), delivering services such as the following:
Schedule and visit assigned schools for multiple days at a time
Observe and coach K–12 educators
Lead meetings with teachers and school leadership teams
Create and lead professional development and parent workshops
Demonstrate classroom lessons created by the K–12 Programs and Initiatives team
Perform in assemblies, special events, community workshops, or side-by-side rehearsals
Provide frequent and personalized support to teachers via phone, email, and/or video calls
Plan, participate in, and co-lead professional development sessions and workshops for educators and departmental colleagues alongside Senior Music Curriculum Specialist and other K–12 Programs and Initiatives staff at Juilliard, throughout the U.S., and internationally.
Contribute administrative support for departmental projects related to curriculum and professional development
Attend staff meetings and monthly K–12 Programs and Curriculum Specialist team meetings
Strong musical knowledge and professional experience as a musician
The ability to model excellent teaching in general music classrooms and ensemble settings
The ability to engage students in creative learning and having meaningful encounters as they listen to recorded performances.
The ability to support and coach K–12 general music and ensemble teachers
The ability to write published curriculum for music educators who teach children aged 4–18
The ability to dynamically lead professional development workshops for educators
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, comprehensive follow-through, and manage simultaneous projects to meet self- and external deadlines
A positive, “can-do” attitude, indicated by an ability to work effectively with professionals, students, artists, and administrators from different backgrounds, and a willingness to take on responsibilities outside of the job description, as needed
Availability to travel internationally and domestically and to participate in after-hours phone calls and meetings
Please submit a resume and a brief cover letter sharing about your unique experiences and what you would bring to the Music Curriculum Specialist role.
Every application will be reviewed by the Senior Director, Director of Programs and Operations, and Senior Music Curriculum Specialist, with a recommendation as to which candidates will receive interviews. First round interviews will occur on a rolling basis and will be conducted over the phone. Second round interviews will occur on Zoom, with a recommendation for select candidates to complete a curriculum writing task which will anonymously be reviewed by members of the K–12 staff. Final round interviews will occur on-site at The Juilliard School, as permitted.
The Juilliard School has an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusiveness throughout the community and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the School's administration.
About The Juilliard School
The Juilliard School’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens. Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, drama (acting and playwriting), and music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts). Currently more than 800 artists from 40 states and 38 countries and regions are enrolled at Juilliard, where they appear in over 700 annual performances in the school’s five theaters; at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen halls and at Carnegie Hall; as well as at other venues around New York City, the country, and the world. Beyond its New York campus, Juilliard is defining new directions in global performing arts education for a range of learners and enthusiasts through The Tianjin Juilliard School and K-12 educational curricula.