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SES ESL Tutorial Instructor

Title: SES ESL Tutorial Instructor
Department:  English as a Second Language
Reports To:  Director of ESL Program
Supervises:  N/A
Internal Contacts:  Students, Faculty, International Student Services, Student Affairs
External Contacts: N/A
Employment Status: Seasonal; Exempt
Employment Dates:  June 27-August 19 (includes 3-hour training on June 23)
Salary: $9,850.00

Manhattan School of Music has the honor of enrolling students from approximately 50 countries. Each year, roughly 20% of the incoming students receive support through the English as a Second Language (ESL) Department, beginning with the Summer English Study (SES) program in July and August. The vivid tapestry of backgrounds gives SES instructors the unique opportunity to bridge various cultures through dynamic class discussions and activities.

Position Summary

The ESL Department at MSM seeks qualified ESL tutors to lead English language tutorial sessions to students from various backgrounds and cultures who will begin degree programs in music in the fall semester at MSM. Candidates should demonstrate experience in teaching, assessment, and utilizing technology as a resource to improve student learning. Familiarity with in-person and online instruction is preferred. Candidates should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, proficiency with computers, and an upbeat and creative attitude. Responsibilities include teaching regularly scheduled ESL tutorials, utilizing a creative approach, adapting to student learning needs, and encouraging students to interact with each other and with native English speakers to improve their English-language skills and to foster an environment for eventual language independence.

MSM has a strong commitment to Cultural Inclusion evidenced by curriculum materials with musical, historical, and scholarly examples that bring diversity and inclusion as it pertains to gender, race/ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, and able-ness. MSM’s Cultural Inclusion policy acts as a guide for bringing musical, literary, and historical examples to promote diversity within the curriculum. MSM values innovation and inclusivity and seeks instructors who will thrive in an environment that promotes students’ personal and professional development as artists and humanists.


  • Tutor ESL students in tutorial groups of two or three students.
  • Instruct six 50-minute tutorials per day, Monday through Friday.
  • Lead activities to address Culture Shock and to adjust to a new living environment.
  • Focus on provided curriculum, and supplement as appropriate.
  • Engage students in active dialogue and language production.
  • Assign approximately 20 minutes of daily independent practice.
  • Adjust styles of teaching to meet student learning needs.
  • Track daily attendance, monitor student progress, and submit weekly progress reports to the Director of ESL Program.

Required Qualifications

  • TEFL/TESOL certificate or equivalent work experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Literature, Humanities, or other related field
  • Excellent knowledge of American English language, linguistics, and phonemics
  • Patience, understanding, social perceptiveness, and cross-cultural awareness
  • Passion for excellence in teaching
  • Exceptional active listening, and interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in TESOL or other advanced degree certificate
  • Background in Music Performance, Music Education, or related field
  • Familiarity with reading and/or performing music
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook Email, Word, and PowerPoint

Application Requirements

  • Please email: candidatesearch@msmnyc.edu, ATTN: SES
  • Cover Letter including personal statement on pedagogy, student development, and cultural inclusion
  • Current Resume or C.V.
  • Reference list of at least two professional colleagues familiar with candidate’s teaching

Equal employment and equal educational opportunity have been and will continue to be fundamental principles at Manhattan School of Music, where employment and enrollment are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination or harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, the status of being transgender, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Manhattan School of Music does not permit retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice or participate in an investigation.