Contract Teaching Artist

Passionate about pop culture? We want you.




Curator of Education and Interpretive Services


September 2017


MoPOP is seeking qualified applicants for Contract Teaching Artists with experience in music education, science of sound, theater, creative writing, language arts, and STEM/STEAM integration.

The Contract Teaching Artist provides in-museum classroom instruction primarily to K-12 educational groups. Commitment varies from 5-30 contact hours per semester. Our Curriculum Connections’ hands-on, student-centered workshops link WA State core learning objectives and 21st century skills with MoPOP’s dynamic, engaging, and interactive museum content. Workshops are 50-60 minutes long, serve groups of up to 30 students per class, and are scheduled Mondays-Fridays, as requested, with the majority occurring before noon. Workshop requests are ongoing and are usually scheduled two weeks to a month in advance. Teaching artists are contracted for an entire calendar year.

Teaching artists may also be engaged for additional hours to support related programs such as Homeschool Days, Outreach Residencies in our partner schools, and Educator Professional Development classes.

Teaching artists are sought for science of sound, theater, media arts, music, and writing-based workshops. Ideally, these teaching artists will have a strong interest in popular music, science fiction and fantasy and demonstrated success teaching middle-high school students.

A full list of current museum workshops is available here.

MoPOP is in immediate need of a Science of Sound teaching artist.

The ideal Science of Sound TA is a musician with demonstrated knowledge of the science of acoustics who is comfortable leading hands-on, interactive experiences for elementary school students.


Students will discover how sound vibrations are generated, transmitted, received, and interpreted through music—and what happens when we add electricity! (Grades 3–5)


  • Develop lesson plans linking WA State core learning objectives and 21st century skills
  • Deliver dynamic, engaging, and interactive 50-60 minute interactive, hands-on workshops that connect directly to museum content
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of the museum’s exhibitions and educational content
  • Actively exemplify a professional, cooperative, and courteous work attitude at all times
  • Demonstrate a consistently professional appearance
  • Comply with established museum safety, health, and security programs


  • Two years of experience teaching interactive programs for K-12 students
  • Familiarity with WA State core learning objectives and 21st century skills
  • Experience creating educational lesson plans that serve multiple learning styles through engaging, interactive curriculum
  • Demonstrated experience in core workshop focus areas (music, language arts, visual arts)
  • Strong interest in the pop culture topics presented at MoPOP, including but not limited to music, film, television, and digital media
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative and diverse team environment
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Desire for a flexible, occasional teaching schedule
  • Ability to handle stress and stay focused, even-tempered, and congenial with students and adults


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a TA to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the TA is regularly required to sit, stand and walk. The TA is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The TA is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The TA is frequently required to lift up to 30 pounds, and occasionally up to 50 pounds.

Please email a resume, contact information for two recent professional references, and a sample lesson plan to