Lead Music Instructor
MusicalMinds NC - Huntersville, NC

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MusicalMinds NC is an after-school program that engages at-risk children, beginning as early as first grade, in classical, orchestral music. It will provide free instruments and musical instruction with the goal of developing talent, self-esteem, decision-making, and a value system that will translate into long term success in school, and ultimately, enhance the opportunities for success in society.

MusicalMinds NC is envisioned as an educational and enrichment program, based on the El Sistema model started in Venezuela over thirty-five years ago. It is aimed at overcoming the disadvantages of poverty and inequality that place children at risk of ever attaining the opportunities for success in life. Not merely by developing otherwise-untapped intellectual potential for success in school, but by unlocking and instilling self-confidence to succeed. El Sistema has proven that the ensemble nature of classical, orchestral training affords children opportunities to acquire valuable social skills and values that are frequently lacking in impoverished environments - responsibility, teamwork, mutual respect. Its goal is to bring about social change through music and help break the cycle of poverty in the lives of children, thus improving school performance, strengthening families, and benefiting the community at large.

Please be aware of and include the following with your electronically submitted information:

  • The classroom instruction is Monday through Thursday from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
  • Resumes are due back by January 31, 2013
  • Please include references with your resume

MusicalMinds NC is a 501(c)3 organization. he web site can be found at www.MusicalMindsNCnc.org .

POSITION: Lead Music Instructor
APPROVED: December 10, 2012

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Lead Music Instructor is responsible for the classroom experience of students participating in the MusicalMinds NC after-school program. S/He creates a safe, joyous and nurturing environment for students, teachers and volunteers alike. The Lead Music Instructor develops and implements curriculum that teaches the basic principles of music and performance, following the El Sistema model, the National Music Standards and the N.C. Standard Course of Study in Arts Education.

Responsibilities include:

1. Using music as the vehicle, help students achieve their full potential and acquire values that favor their personal growth. Encourage students to develop academic and social skills through a balanced program of instruction, demonstration and public performance.

2. Teach students to perform individually and in groups, using a variety of instruments and voice. Assure students meet age-appropriate milestones of music education, including pitch, rhythm, timbre, dynamics, understanding of musical notation, instruments and genres, ensemble skills, vocal skills and concert etiquette.

3. Use new and established arts-education metrics to evaluate and document student performance, behavior, social development and physical health over time. With MusicalMinds NC teaching staff, develop classroom management and teaching plans that continuously respond to and seek to improve outcomes for students and their families.

4. Work with the Executive Director to build the strongest possible ties between school administrators, teachers, volunteers and parents. Assure that all MusicalMinds NC stakeholders understand and can respond constructively to teaching, performance, behavior, data and community-building initiatives.

5. Develop a library of curriculum-aligned lesson plans and musical repertoire that will serve as the foundation of MusicalMinds NC teaching and can be easily shared with other el-Sistema inspired programs. Develop creative lessons that connect music to the broad curriculum and the student’s world whenever possible, incorporating math, science, language arts, physical education, social studies and history. Establish and teach behavior and classroom procedures that create an orderly, nurturing learning environment and encourage creativity.

6. With the Executive Director, hire, supervise and annually review the performance of all instructors and musical teaching assistants. Supervise and direct instructors, teaching assistants and volunteers to assure that the guiding principles of el Sistema and creative music instruction are the hallmarks of the MusicalMinds NC program.

7. Other duties, as assigned.

Physical Skills and Activities:

  • Kneeling, crouching and reaching, with extended periods of standing in the classroom.
  • Some lifting, to include carrying and arranging tables, chairs, music stands and musical instruments.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated success as a music educator, preferably with K-5 students;
  • Performance mastery of at least one stringed instrument; multi-instrumentalist preferred;
  • Experience in public performance and speaking;
  • Excellent oral and writing communications skills for all age-groups.

Educational Qualification and Experience:

  • College degree in music, preferably music education;
  • A current teaching certificate, preferably with the NC Department of Education;
  • 3-5 years of classroom teaching experience required;
  • 1-3 years teaching administration experience a decided plus.

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