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Musicianship Teaching Artist

Position Overview: Bravo Waterbury, the largest educational initiative of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, is seeking an enthusiastic and well-rounded Teaching Artist for its Musicianship Class, at the Children’s Community School. This grant-funded position is an integral component of the Bravo program and is key to the Symphony’s ongoing partnership with the Children’s Community School. This versatile individual is responsible for successfully developing and implementing a program centered around fundamentals of music history, theory, and appreciation, for students in grades K through 7. The Musicianship Teaching Artist should be enthusiastic about youth development, and comfortable working with students of all ages. Classes should be fun, interactive, and engaging, helping students to gain a strong musical foundation, while fostering creativity and self-expression.

 

Responsibilities:

  • On a weekly basis, teach two (2) forty (40) minute classes per grade level, grades K-7, fundamentals of music history, appreciation, and theory. Flexible schedule, with potential for additional classes/hours as part of Bravo’s after-school program.

  • Develop focused lesson plans to effectively deliver both in-person and virtual programs

  • Identify best-practice resources and materials to enhance student learning

  • Through lesson planning, develop goals for students, motivate student growth, and track student progress

  • Cultivate and maintain a positive and structured classroom environment, with strict adherence to personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

 

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, with priority consideration given to applicants with a degree or concentration in Music Education. Additional preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience and/or graduate-level studies. Music education teaching certification a plus, but not required for this position.

  • Strong classroom management skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills. Candidate should be a team player, able to get along and work well with others. This includes regular interaction with school and program administration.

  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate strong relationships with students and parents/guardians. 

  • Highly organized, with ability to track and monitor student progress, and report grades at the conclusion of each semester.

  • Technical proficiency for both in-person and virtual learning environments

  • Preference will be given to candidates with basic piano/keyboard proficiency. Proficiency with other instruments considered a plus.

  • Prior experience with Orff, Kodaly, or Dalcroze is encouraged, but not required

  • Willingness to participate in relevant professional development activities offered by the Bravo program and/or Children’s Community School

 

Location: Children’s Community School, 31 Wolcott St, Waterbury, CT 06702. Additional duties as needed at event/concert and meeting locations off-site, including but not limited to the WSO Administrative Office, 160 Robbins Street, Waterbury, CT 06708.

Compensation: This is a part-time, independent contractor role, and is compensated on an hourly basis.

To Apply: To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to info@waterburysymphony.org, with “Bravo Musicianship’ in the email subject line. Please include teaching philosophy in the context of your cover letter. Any offers for this position would be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Regular and Substitute Teaching Artists

Position Overview: Bravo Waterbury, the largest educational initiative of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, is seeking enthusiastic and well-rounded Teaching Artists for its after-school music education program. Teaching artists should be versatile individuals who combine strong performance skills with a passion for education, and a good working knowledge of pedagogy. Teaching Artists should be enthusiastic about youth development, and comfortable working with students of all ages and abilities. Lessons should be fun, interactive, and engaging, helping students to gain a strong musical foundation in the area(s) being taught, while fostering creativity and self-expression. Currently, Bravo is seeking substitute and regular Teaching Artists in the following areas:

  • General Music

  • Strings

  • Brass

  • Woodwinds

Responsibilities:

  • Teach group lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students in grades 1-7

  • Develop focused lesson plans to effectively deliver both in-person and virtual programs

  • Identify best-practice resources and materials to enhance student learning

  • Through lesson planning, develop goals for students, motivate student growth, and track student progress

  • Cultivate and maintain a positive and structured classroom environment, with strict adherence to personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, with priority consideration given to applicants with a degree or concentration in Music Education. Additional preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience and/or graduate-level studies. Music education teaching certification a plus, but not required for this position.

  • Strong classroom management skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills. Candidate should be a team player, able to get along and work well with others. This includes regular interaction with school and program administration.

  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate strong relationships with students and parents/guardians. 

  • Highly organized, with ability to track and monitor student progress.

  • Technical proficiency for both in-person and virtual learning environments

  • Proficiency with more than one instrument considered a plus

  • Prior experience with Orff, Kodaly, or Dalcroze is encouraged, but not required

  • Willingness to participate in relevant professional development activities offered by the Bravo program and/or Children’s Community School

 

Hours/Location: Program is held Monday-Thursday during the school year, 3pm-5pm, at Children’s Community School, 31 Wolcott St, Waterbury, CT 06702. Additional activities, such concerts and events, may be held off-site and outside of regular program hours.

Compensation: This is a part-time, independent contractor role, and is compensated on an hourly basis.

To Apply: To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to cciresi@waterburysymphony.org,  with “Bravo Teaching Artist”  in the email subject line. Please include teaching philosophy in the context of your cover letter. Any offers for this position would be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

 

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

About Waterbury Symphony Orchestra: The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is a professional regional symphony orchestra currently in its 83rd season. Central to its mission is the belief that music is essential to bringing people and organizations in Greater Waterbury together through the shared experience of music. As the only professional orchestra in Northwest Connecticut, the WSO draws musicians from throughout Connecticut, as well as the New York and New England metro areas. The WSO provides high quality concerts and experiential music education and performance programs that promote the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of classical music, and enrich children and adults of all ages and backgrounds through music education. Currently, music education programming comprises more than a third of the orchestra's total operating budget. These education programs have been infused with a level of intensity to help students achieve deeply meaningful experiences and personal and academic accomplishments. The WSO's largest education program is Bravo Waterbury, an El Sistema based after-school program aimed at serving at-risk students in Waterbury, with the goal of youth development and social transformation through music education. Other programs include a musical literacy program designed for elementary school children, an annual young artist concerto competition to foster the next generation of emerging artists, and in-school residencies and partnerships for middle and high school students. The WSO also offers community and pre-concert lecture programs for adults. 

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