Music Teaching Artist

Harmony Program

At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day.

New York

Work Location: In-office

Nonprofit Service Organization

  • Part Time
  • New York (Remote)
  • Fri, May 31, 2024
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Nonprofit Service Organization
  • Hourly Rate (USD$): 40-60

Website Harmony Program

At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day.

About Harmony Program
At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day. Through collective music-making, children from under-served communities explore new avenues and realize their full potential.

For over 15 years, the Harmony Program has distinguished itself by serving children in need, reaching them within their own communities, providing them with instruments and intensive, high quality musical training, and helping to develop in them the life skills that support their healthy development — musically, academically, and socially. The Harmony Program also recruits and trains accomplished musicians as its teaching artists and provides them with formal professional development training, observation and evaluation, access to a network of their peers, and competitive compensation for their services, with the goal of instilling in them a long-term commitment to community outreach and education.

The Harmony Program is inspired by Venezuela’s national youth orchestra system, “El Sistema.” Committed to improving society through music, El Sistema has gained international acclaim for the breadth of its reach, the quality of its musicians, and the power of its positive influence on the young lives it touches. In the spirit of El Sistema, the Harmony Program emphasizes the influence of music-making on social development, encourages learning through ensemble playing, fosters a supportive community for program participants and families, and requires of all involved a high degree of commitment to daily music study.

Jobs, duties, and responsibilities
Lead weekly group music classes and/or ensemble rehearsals for elementary and middle school students
Prepare lesson plans that align with our curriculum and promote social and musical growth
Teach in an engaging and holistic manner that prioritizes social-emotional learning and reflects Harmony Program’s creative youth development culture
Utilize classroom management skills to create a safe, energetic, inclusive and positive learning environment
Manage classroom logistics, including taking regular attendance, monitoring instrument maintenance, and facilitating student transitions
Provide regular communication of student behavioral, musical, and social challenges to Harmony Program administration
Conduct regular and timely assessments of students’ musical progress and social development
Attend all required professional development workshops
Participate in select organization-wide events, including performances and meetings, as necessary

The Harmony Program provides instruction in sites throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx. Harmony Program Teaching Artists may be placed in a program in one or more of those Boroughs.

Minimum of 2 years teaching experience, with youth and young adults. Teacher Certification may be provided in lieu of 2 years of teaching experience.
Undergraduate degree in music or music education, required
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
Expertise in one or more of the following areas: strings, winds, brass, percussion instruments, recorder, choral/vocal instruction, and/or general music
Energetic teaching style with strong classroom-management skills
Ability to work mornings and/or afternoons. Occasional evenings only, for performances.
Bilingual English/Spanish, English/ Mandarin, or English/ Creole French, preferred.
Strong work ethic and professional style that is flexible, organized, reliable, collaborative, and creative
Must be able to clear background check and fingerprint clearance for work in DOE and the Icahn Charter School System
Must be authorized to work legally in the United States

Required Application Materials
Cover letter
Teaching philosophy statement (250-500 words)
Sample lesson plan
Two professional references

What does the Harmony Program offer Teaching Artists?
An established curriculum, ongoing (paid) training, and a supportive community of Teaching Artists provide the foundation for our Teaching Artists to grow and succeed.

The Harmony Program provides over 75 hours of Teaching Artist Training designed to support and enhance the professional development of emerging and advanced teaching artists to expand their teaching practice and connect them to a growing community of artists. Harmony Program Teaching Artists are required to complete 16 hours of paid training of which 7 hours must be completed before entering the classroom. In addition to these required workshops, teaching artists convene during the year with Harmony Program administration and mentors to share their experiences in the classroom, evaluate and reflect on their progress, and explore leading industry topics with experts in a variety of related fields.

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