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Title: Violin Teaching Artist, 18’-19’ School Year
Department: OrchKids
Reports to: OrchKids Site Manager
Classification: Part-Time
Compensation: Salaried, starting at $10,000/year. Compensation negotiable based on total teaching hours per week
Location: Baltimore, MD
Hours:

  • Approximately 9-13 hours/week, 27 weeks/year (late September 2018 – mid-May 2019)
  • Teaching hours take place Monday – Thursday between the hours of 3 – 7 pm (exact hours vary by school site)
  • Some evening and weekend availability required for performances and events

There are jobs, and then there are jobs where you get to make a difference. Members of our dedicated OrchKids team see the way music changes lives on a daily basis. We’re growing and looking for great people who want to share that power of music with our exceptional students.

Organizational Summary:
OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City’s underserved neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s programs to make a difference within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, and performance and mentorship opportunities, as well as meals and services at no cost. Currently OrchKids works with seven public schools in Baltimore City, serving more than 1,300 children from Pre-K through 11th grade.

Job Summary:
The Violin Teaching Artist is a dynamic educator who teaches violin group classes to students in grades 2-11. The classes are based on student level/age and meet for one hour, 3-4 days/week. Embracing OrchKids educational philosophy, the Violin TA helps guide the musical development of the program’s violin players through these classes. This methodology aims to simultaneously foster both students’ instrumental skills (i.e. technique, learning standard repertoire) and creativity (e.g. improvisation and composition).

Responsibilities:

  • Teach violin group classes in accordance with the OrchKids curriculum and educational philosophy
  • Serve as a consistent and compassionate mentor to OrchKids students
  • Hold students to high artistic standards, cultivating both their technical and ensemble skills
  • Embrace OrchKids’ mission, goals and guiding principles
  • Assist with the implementation of systems, standards and evaluations related to student progress
  • Perform administrative duties essential to running one’s own classroom, including photocopying, room setup/breakdown, lesson planning, etc.
  • Supervise students during transitions and breaktime
  • Attend required concerts, meetings, events and professional development sessions
  • Maintain professional, prompt lines of communication with OrchKids staff

Qualifications:

  • Passion for working with youth and desire to serve as a role model to students
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Considerable experience teaching beginner – intermediate level students, preferably in a group setting
  • In-depth knowledge of beginning string pedagogy and repertoire. Training in Suzuki, Rolland and/or O’Connor methods preferred.
  • Willingness to jump in and embrace OrchKids’ non-traditional approach to music-making through creative composition, improvisation and playing a variety of musical genres
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively
  • Punctuality, professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills

The Baltimore Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The BSO is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin is prohibited.

How to Apply: 
Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@BSOmusic.org. No phone calls. Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and candidates will be contacted based on openings and qualifications. Finalists will be asked to demonstrate teaching and rehearsal skills at interview.