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Summer Introduction To Beat-Making Educator

Application Window

Open April 8th, 2021 through Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

Geffen Academy educators approach teaching as an intellectual profession of the highest order, one in which knowledge is not only transmitted but is created. Geffen Academy educators possess a sophisticated and reflective understanding of their discipline and a record of achievement. This achievement demonstrates their ability to utilize and to contribute to the robust connections we have with UCLA, a world-class research institution. Educators’ innovation is guided by our school’s mission to prioritize proven educational practices while also recognizing that teaching is a complex endeavor that defies rigid codification. We are committed to a humane working environment and we also recognize that teaching goes beyond the life of the mind. Geffen Academy educators seek to create trusting and caring relationships with their students and with their larger community.


Under the direction of the Summer School Director at Geffen Academy at UCLA, the Educator will create this course of study, prepare materials, and deliver an excellent summer introductory Beat-Making enrichment course for the Academy’s secondary school students. The Educator will teach one section of a beat-making introductory course. The course’s section will include students in rising grades 6-12. Classes will be 75 minutes long over a three (3) week period. The course will be taught in-person on Geffen Academy’s campus. Educator should be prepared to also teach students who may be attending the class remotely via Zoom. For a list of Geffen Academy’s COVID-19 safety precautions, please look at link below.

Job Duties:

  • Create one introductory beat-making course for students entering grades 6-11. Utilize the most appropriate software for introductory beat-making, including Ableton.

  • Familiarity with MIDI keyboards and pad controllers and their pairing with Ableton.

  • Engage students in composing melodies and harmonies, mixing samples, manipulating sounds and effects, recording vocals, and integrating instruments.

  • Engage students in real-world and practical tasks to support their learning and skills.

  • Provide research opportunities and encourage peer-to-peer interaction.

  • Support students in a dynamic process of project planning and execution.

  • Create opportunities for students to practice their skills, thinking and analysis.

  • Create a learning environment where students feel safe, welcome, and challenged.

  • Communicate information about student progress to relevant student services colleagues, including but not limited to department head, Dean of Students, academic advising and college guidance staff, Registrar, and counselor/psychologist.

  • This list of duties is not exhaustive.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Should have a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in a related field and a strong background in secondary education with a clear understanding and embrace of the Academy’s mission, vision and values.

    Should have familiarity with educational management systems including Blackbaud, Google Classroom, and Zoom.

    Strong background in producing high quality secondary school curriculum.

    Unquestionable personal integrity, excellent judgment, sound instincts, diplomacy and patience, and strong work ethic.

    Strong background in secondary education with a clear understanding and embrace of the School’s mission, vision, and values.

    Experience in creating educational programming and curriculum.

    Strong background in a remote learning environment is desired.

    The ability to think and act strategically combined with a strong commitment to providing an excellent and accessible educational experience for each student.

    Must be self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption.

    Must be capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with other staff and faculty.

    Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills to articulate and explain complex issues to Academy senior staff, families, and students.

    Must be capable of developing and sustaining close, effective working relationships with other senior staff on matters of interdisciplinary and institutional concern.

    Highly perceptive and intuitive.

    Exceptional listening skills and sensitivity to the needs of others.

    Collegially inclined with peers; a willing communicator and collaborator; enthusiastic team player.

    Comfortable working within a fast-paced summer program environment.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

References will be checked once an offer is made and accepted.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles