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SPARK Bucket Band/Recorder Instructor

Position: SPARK Bucket Band/Recorder Instructor (3 Bucket Band positions/ 3 Recorder positions)

Status: Part-Time Non-Exempt, Hourly (12 hrs per week)

Time Commitment: Monday through Thursday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, (July 5th – August 3rd, some preparation meetings held in June)

Pay: $32.00 per hour

Reports to: Lead Teaching Artist

Open until filled

Summary:

Soundscapes will be working with Newport News Public Schools to administer three afternoon grant funded music programs at Epes Elementary, Palmer Elementary, and Newsome Park Elementary through their Summer Program for Arts, Recreation, and Knowledge (SPARK). We are seeking music teachers/teaching artists to fill these summer positions. 60 total students at each elementary will spend the afternoon learning how to read music, play in bucket band, and learning to play the recorder. Each instructor will lead a max class of 30 and have a teacher assistant.

Responsibilities:

Bucket Band Class

  • Facilitate fun through intense music making!
  • Guide students through ensemble etiquette practices
  • Guide student’s understanding of rhythmic notation (whole to sixteenth notes)
  • Facilitate improvisation over student composed vamps
  • Facilitate group composition
  • Make auxiliary percussion instruments (crafts)
  • Recorder Class

  • Facilitate fun through intense music making!
  • Guide students through ensemble etiquette practices
  • Guide student’s understanding of the tonal notation (treble clef & accidentals)
  • Build student’s instrument technique (posture, breath, tonguing, hand position)
  • Facilitate group composition and improvisation
  • Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in music; emphasis on instrumental or general music education preferred
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Desire to work within a social change environment
  • Ability to interact and communicate clearly with a variety of ages (1st grade through Adults)
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Highly Organized
  • Self-starter
  • Punctual
  • Have access to a personal computer
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Employment is contingent upon successful background check
  • Finalist will be asked to perform on their principal instrument and teach a short lesson.
  • About Soundscapes:

    Soundscapes is an after school and summer program that changes lives using group music education and civic-minded behavioral modification as tools to affect positive change in the socio-economically disadvantaged children it serves. Music is an international language that brings joy to the dispirited; it can break down barriers and build a scaffold of support to carry at-risk children away from the negative influences prevalent in their environment and give them the confidence, the drive, and the prosocial behavioral skills they will need to become productive members of society in their adult lives.

    The El Sistema philosophy originated in Venezuela in 1975 and is now in practice around the globe. More than 65 nations use the paradigm to address critical social issues that affect the health, safety, and spirit of their citizens. In most countries, it is used to give at-risk young people the skills they need to function successfully in mainstream society and become model citizens.

    For more information about Soundscapes, please visit our website at www.soundscapes.org.

    Application Procedure:

    To apply please mail or email cover letter and resume/curriculum vita:

    Soundscapes

    11712 Jefferson Ave. Ste. C #473

    Newport News, VA 23606

    rramirez@soundscapeshr.org

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE:

    Program Internships

    Position: Program Internships (up to 4 positions depending on intern availability)

    Status: Part-Time

    Pay: $8.00 per hour

    Employment Period: September – Mid-June

    Schedule: 6 – 15 hrs per wk. depending on schedule; availability from 2:30 – 5:30 at least two days per week

    Training Date: TBD

    Start Date: Mid September 2017

    Reports to: Lead Teaching Artist

    Summary:

    This internship is designed to give the prospective music educator or music performer a chance to work within several different educational settings: modified general music, choir, and orchestra. The intern will gain real life experience with working within a Title 1 urban public school setting, classroom management, and the El Sistema paradigm (using music as a vehicle for social change).

    Responsibilities:

  • Reinforce proper ensemble etiquette
  • Reinforce proper instrument/vocal technique
  • Assist during snack time
  • Assist between session transitions
  • Man bus pick-up and parent pickup stations
  • Assist at concerts
  • Attend field trips when required
  • Attend professional development sessions
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Working toward a Bachelors degree in music education or music performance
  • Desire to work within a social change environment
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Ability to interact and communicate clearly with a variety of ages (1st grade through Adults)
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Highly Organized
  • Self-starter
  • Punctual
  • Employment is contingent upon successful background check
  • Finalist will be asked to perform at interview.
  • About Soundscapes:

    Soundscapes is an after school and summer program that changes lives using group music education and civic-minded behavioral modification as tools to affect positive change in the socio-economically disadvantaged children it serves. Music is an international language that brings joy to the dispirited; it can break down barriers and build a scaffold of support to carry at-risk children away from the negative influences prevalent in their environment and give them the confidence, the drive, and the prosocial behavioral skills they will need to become productive members of society in their adult lives.

    The El Sistema philosophy originated in Venezuela in 1975 and is now in practice around the globe. More than 65 nations use the paradigm to address critical social issues that affect the health, safety, and spirit of their citizens. In most countries, it is used to give at-risk young people the skills they need to function successfully in mainstream society and become model citizens.

    For more information about Soundscapes, please visit our website at www.soundscapes.org.

    Application Procedure:

    To apply please mail or email cover letter and resume/curriculum vita:

    Soundscapes

    11712 Jefferson Ave. Ste. C #473

    Newport News, VA 23606

    rramirez@soundscapeshr.org

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE: