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Wind Band Director

Position: Wind Band Director

Status: Part-Time

Pay: $5,880, paid personal days

Employment Period: 9 month employment (September – June), 5 program hrs., other prep and professional development hours as required, renewable (Summer work may be available as an extension)

Start Date: September 1, 2017

Reports to: Program Director

Open until filled

Summary:

The Wind Band Director’s main responsibility is to choose appropriate repertoire, prepare, and direct Level 3 Wind Band. The Wind Band usually rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays (3pm to 5pm). There is a possibility of combining this position with the Aural Skills Instructor position (Mondays and Fridays). The program is located at Carver Elementary School at 6160 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA and runs every weekday from 3pm to 5pm. The Wind Band for the 2017/2018 school year will be approximately 25-30 students. In addition, the Wind Band Director will keep instrumental staff informed as to sectional goals and areas of needed student improvement. Must be at the program from 2:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Responsibilities:

  • Select and prepare level appropriate works for performance
  • Inspire students to reach their highest potential, socially and musically
  • Guide students to perform with the proper playing technique
  • Build student scale knowledge
  • Teach music theory and aural skills to students
  • Model and perform for students regularly
  • Manage ensemble interns
  • Communicate with Instrumental Teaching Artists on areas of student improvement
  • Assist between session transitions
  • Assist during bus pick-up
  • Attend field trips when required
  • Keep a record of ensemble’s and individual’s overall progress
  • Fill out evaluation forms for students
  • Communicate student’s progress to parents/guardians when needed
  • Attend professional development sessions
  • Prepare parts and folders for students
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in music with emphasis on wind, brass, or percussion instrumental instruction or equivalent experience, minimum of 2 years teaching experience required
  • Ability to play a wind, brass, or percussion instrument
  • Possess a strong understanding of Wind Band pedagogy
  • Identify and correct playing issues
  • 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
  • Computer savvy (MS Word, Excel...)
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Employment is contingent upon successful background check
  • Must be able to work occasional nights and weekends due to performances or trips
  • Finalist will be asked to perform on main instrument and/or display conducting and rehearsal skills 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, optional: DVD of rehearsal and conducting ability (highly recommended):

    Soundscapes

    11009 Warwick Blvd. Ste. 215

    Newport News, VA 23601

    rramirez@soundscapeshr.org

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE:

    Level 2 Aural Skills Instructor

    Position: Level 2 Aural Skills Instructor

    Status: Part-Time

    Pay: $3,366, paid personal days

    Employment Period: 9 month employment (September – June), other prep and professional development hours as required, renewable (Summer work may be available as an extension)

    Start Date: September 1, 2017

    Reports to: Program Director

    Open until filled

    Summary:

    The Aural Skills Instructor’s main responsibility is to train students to use solfeggio, sing while using Curwen signs, play aural skills games, guide students in call and response activities, and help build their general intervallic knowledge. Aural Skills usually meets Mondays and Fridays (3pm to 4pm). There is a possibility of combining this position with the Band or Orchestra Director position. The program is located at Carver Elementary School at 6160 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA and runs every weekday from 3pm to 5pm.

    Responsibilities:

  • Teach movable Do and Curwen hand signs
  • Manage class interns and volunteers
  • Inspire students to reach their highest potential, socially and musically
  • Guide students to perform with the proper singing technique
  • Build student scale knowledge (major, minor, pentatonic)
  • Teach intervallic relationships
  • Model and perform for students regularly
  • Communicate with Instrumental Teaching Artists on areas of student improvement
  • Assist between session transitions
  • Assist during bus pick-up if needed
  • Attend field trips when required
  • Keep a record of ensemble’s and individual’s overall progress
  • Fill out evaluation forms for students if required
  • Communicate student’s progress to parents/guardians when needed
  • Attend professional development sessions
  • Prepare parts and folders for students
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in music with experience with solfeggio, preferred or Junior/Senior Music Major
  • Posses a strong understanding of children’s vocal pedagogy
  • Identify and correct singing issues
  • 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
  • Computer savvy (MS Word, Excel...)
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Employment is contingent upon successful background check
  • Must be able to work occasional nights and weekends due to performances or trips
  • Finalist will be asked to perform on main instrument and/or display teaching skills 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

    11009 Warwick Blvd. Ste. 215

    Newport News, VA 23601

    rramirez@soundscapeshr.org

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE:

    Program Internships

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

    Status: Part-Time

    Pay: $7.25 - $8.50 per hour

    Employment Period: Mid-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: October 2017, plus professional development in mid-September

    Reports to: Lead Teaching Artist

    Taking applications until filled.

    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 or sociology/psychology with instrument experience
  • 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 on instrument 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:

    Soundscapes

    11009 Warwick Blvd. Ste. 215

    Newport News, VA 23601

    rramirez@soundscapeshr.org

    NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE: