Songwriting Instructor

Durham Arts Council
Posted On:
April 9, 2019


The Durham Arts Council is seeking a songwriting teaching artist for its Veteran Arts program. This is a contract position for a 16 week program.

Program Summary

The Durham Arts Council’s Veteran Arts program is a series of classes, including songwriting and drawing/painting, designed to contribute to veterans Whole Health produced in partnership with the Durham VA and The Joel Fund. The goals of the program include contributing to the participants’ health and wellness, helping them build a personal community and providing a gateway for engaging with the community where they live as they develop their artists skills. The classes will take place every other Friday afternoon, initially at the Durham VA then moving to the Durham Arts Council, from September 2019-May 2020.

Job Summary

Teaching artists will ensure a high quality learning experience for participants working with them throughout the year and preparing for an end of year presentation. The teaching artist will be responsible for the development of curriculum and lesson plans and should create a safe learning environment to aid in social development and help foster a sense of community for the veterans enrolled to achieve programmatic goals. The teaching artist will also participate in mid-program and post-program surveys regarding program goals.


Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience and expertise in songwriting, music education and passion for teaching. Previous teaching experience is required. Candidates should be comfortable working in a team environment. A Master’s degree in related field is preferred, but equivalent experience will be considered. Background check is required.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, references and art samples or a link to performance videos to [email protected]. For qualified applicants, an interview will be scheduled. Durham Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer.