Private Lesson and Group Class Instructors

candids-6Location:  Portland, Oregon

Job title(s): Music Instructors

Summary of Position: Ethos is always accepting applications for new instructors. We want our teaching staff to reflect the communities we work with. Enthusiastic musicians with less teaching experience are encouraged to apply as well to join our learning community.


  • Teach weekly music lessons and track student attendance.
  • Choose appropriate repertoire according to students’ age, skill, and interests.
  • Create a learning environment that balances expectations and structure with compassion and creativity.
  • Maintain open communication with Ethos’ administrative staff about schedule.
  • Maintain an organized and functional classroom.
  • Promote a positive workplace environment.

Required Qualification:

  • -Experience teaching private lessons.
  • -Self-motivation and ability to structure a course of private music lessons or group class.
  • -Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • -Dedication to increasing students’ access to music education and enthusiasm about Ethos’ mission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • -Fluency in Spanish.
  • -3 + years of teaching group and/or private lessons to youth.
  • -Experience as a musician or other performing artist.


$22/hr (private lessons)

$24/hr (group classes)

$35/hr (off-site)

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to

Welcome to Ethos

Founded in 1998, Ethos provides group classes, private lessons, summer camps and music outreach programs to over 7,000 youth across Oregon. Ethos has been named one of the top 50 after school arts programs by the President’s Commission for the Arts and Humanities on 8 separate occasions.

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Online Music Lessons

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Notice of Non-Discrimination

Ethos’ programs and services reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status.