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Keys of Change is seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our global mission of empowering young people through music education. By joining our team, you'll have the chance to make a life-changing impact on students living in extraordinary circumstances across the world - from Ghana and Mexico to Ecuador and India. As a Keys of Change music educator, you'll be part of a movement that's changing lives and empowering students through the transformative power of music. This is a chance to gain valuable global experience, immerse yourself in new cultures, and make a lasting impact. If you're ready to embark on an adventure that will change your life and the lives of others, we'd love to hear from you. Apply now to join Keys of Change and make your mark on the world through music.

About the work

Keys of Change offers exciting and impactful work placement opportunities for those looking to make a difference in the world of music education. We're searching for passionate and dynamic music professionals to join our teams in Ghana, Mexico, Ecuador, and India. As part of Keys of Change, you'll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform lives through the power of music education, providing life-changing experiences to young people in exceptionally difficult/diverse circumstances. This is a chance to use your musical expertise to truly make a difference, to empower and inspire students who may have never had access to music education before. Not only will you have the opportunity to change lives, but you'll also immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of these incredible countries. If this sounds like the adventure of a lifetime, reach out to us today for more information and to apply. Let's work together to make a positive impact in the lives of young people through music.



Six months
Start time: all year around

Our placements are a minimum of six months and available all year round, providing ample time to immerse yourself in a new culture, gain invaluable experience, and see the impact of your work.


Ghana, Ecuador, India, Mexico

Keys of Change work placements are available in diverse locations, each with its unique culture, traditions, and musical heritage. You'll have the chance to choose from exciting placements in one of the following destinations: Accra, Ghana; Oaxaca, Mexico; Chennai, India; and Cerritos, Ecuador. These locations offer a wealth of opportunities to immerse yourself in new cultures, learn from local musicians and educators, and empower young people through music education. 


400 USD pcm
Flights, accommodation and meals

At Keys of Change, we believe that music education should be accessible to all, and we're committed to providing our work placement participants with fair compensation for their time and effort. We offer a competitive monthly compensation of 400 USD, as well as reimbursed expenses for your international flights and visa. Additionally, we provide comfortable and secure accommodations, as well as daily meals, so you can focus on your work and immerse yourself in your local community without worrying about your daily needs. 



Instrument and theory lessons

Sectionals and group rehearsals

Direction of concerts and performances


Language classes

Homework support

Support with other educational activities  


App. 30 hours per week

As a music teacher with Keys of Change, you'll be responsible for providing instrument and theory lessons, leading sectionals and group rehearsals, and directing concerts and performances. But that's just the beginning - our music teachers also take on non-musical duties, such as teaching language classes, providing homework support, and helping with other educational activities. On average, you'll work approximately 30 hours per week, with flexibility to accommodate local schedules and events. 



University degree or equivalent in music, education or performance

Teaching experience

Performance experience 

English or Spanish language 


Knowledge of ABRSM curriculum

Orchestra conducting

Volunteer experience in different parts of the world

The ideal candidate for a teaching post at Keys of Change will possess the essential requirements that include a university degree or equivalent in music, music teaching, or performance, teaching experience, performance experience either in an ensemble or as a solo performer, fluency in English language and completion of Covid-19 vaccination. Desired attributes that would set an applicant apart include their knowledge of ABRSM curriculum, experience in orchestra conducting, and volunteer experience in different parts of the world. We're looking for candidates who are passionate about music education, creative, cultural adaptability, warmth towards children and young people, proficient communication skills, and are dedicated to making an impact in the lives of young people through the transformative power of music education.

Employment basis

Independent contractor

As a music teacher with Keys of Change, you'll be hired as an independent contractor. This means that you'll be responsible for managing your own personal tax and liability coverages, as well as acquiring your own health and travel insurance, which is an important requirement for this position. We'll work with you to ensure that you have the necessary resources and support to fulfill your responsibilities and make the most of your placement with us. By embracing the independent contractor model, we aim to empower our teachers to take ownership of their work and enjoy the flexibility that comes with choosing their own schedules and working arrangements. 

Work description

Changing lives through music

It's important to note that while you'll have the chance to travel to different parts of the world, the primary focus of this work is teaching music and empowering young people, so this post is not suitable for those simply seeking an opportunity to travel. As a music teacher with Keys of Change, you'll have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people around the world. This is not just a job, but an opportunity to empower, mentor, lead, and inspire young people who come from extremely harsh backgrounds. Through instrument lessons, music classes, rehearsals, and public performances, you will share hope, encouragement, and empowerment with your students, while also teaching them the transformative power of music. In addition to teaching music, you'll become a life coach and role model for your students, helping them to develop skills and beliefs that will serve them well beyond their musical education. As a teacher, you may also play a role in training future music teachers, providing invaluable opportunities for young people to develop professional and sustainable careers. Whether you're teaching in Ghana, Mexico, or another location, you'll have the opportunity to gain invaluable performing, teaching, and conducting experience, as well as organisational skills while creating and directing music camps. You'll also have an exceptional opportunity to learn about a different culture and broaden your horizons. Visit the "Our Work" section of our website for more information about our specific projects and locations. 

Structure and reporting

As a music teacher with Keys of Change, you'll be part of an international community of musicians working together to make a difference in the world. We understand that teaching music in different locations around the world can be challenging, which is why we provide extensive support and resources to our teachers. We offer a structured program in which one or two professional musicians serve together for a six-month period, followed by an additional two musicians serving for the next six months. During this time, you'll work closely with Keys of Change and other organisations to develop the curriculum for each project, plan public performances, and ensure that progress is closely monitored. You'll have access to all the support you need, including materials, books, and instruments, which we'll provide to you. Your progress will be closely monitored by Keys of Change, and we'll work with you to make sure that you're meeting your goals and objectives. You'll be responsible for maintaining close contact with the Keys of Change staff through weekly Skype/Zoom meetings, providing updates on the progress and collaborating to adjust the overall goals that will lead to a public performance at the end of the term. We are committed to providing you with all the support you need to succeed as a music teacher with Keys of Change, and to ensuring that you have the best possible experience while making a difference in the lives of young people around the world. 

Aims and objectives

The teaching programmes of Keys of Change around the world aim to provide opportunities for young people to discover their inner voice and build self-worth through music education. We believe that music has the power to transform lives, especially for young people who come from extraordinary circumstances. Around the world, our focus is on providing life-changing opportunities for young people who have experienced tragedy, trauma, extreme poverty, abandonment, abuse, including violence and/or drugs in their family environment. Our teaching programmes aim to create an experience for young people that culminates in live performances, which we believe to be the heart of the transformation process. Through these musical camps, we offer students the opportunity to learn new repertoire, receive guidance from guest teachers and performers, and ultimately share their musical talents with their community. The inclusive and supportive approach that we take towards teaching and performance is critical to the developmental process of our students. We believe that the public performance is a critical metric for assessing and planning future projects, and we are committed to documenting these experiences for future learnings.


Successful candidates will be required to pass a background check and to comply with the charity’s child protection policies. 

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