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Kidznotes is seeking a highly qualified Brass Teaching Artist to join our children’s orchestra and band team. The position is in Raleigh and available beginning fall 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Kidznotes                                                                                                       

The mission of Kidznotes is to provide under-served children, beginning in the preschool years, free-of-charge classical, orchestral music training to combat poverty, strengthen inner-city education, and foster positive decision-making to unlock the world.” Kidznotes is based on the model of “El Sistema,” the world-renowned National System of Children and Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, which since 1974 has transformed the lives of over 800,000 Venezuelan children from impoverished circumstances.

Kidznotes serves 6 schools in Durham and 5 schools in Raleigh and provides instruction for over 300 students. Kidznotes rehearsals are 2 – 4 days/week, after school at each of our schools, and on Saturday mornings at the Raleigh and Durham Nucleos. Kidznotes provides free-of-charge, classical, orchestral instruction and trains our teachers in the El Sistema methodology. Children and their families benefit from field trips to concerts, visits by performing artists, and other arts related activities. Through daily in-school enrichment and after-school programs, Kidznotes adopts the El Sistema model to produce graduates who maintain a sense of capability, endurance and resilience — becoming active and empowered citizens of their communities.

Position Summary    

Kidznotes is seeking a beginner/intermediate Brass instructor to support a rich music curriculum focused on cultivating a caring, cooperative and fun community. Our curriculum currently includes Kindermusik instruction, high and low brass, strings, woodwinds and general music. Hourly compensation: $35.

Expectations

At least 5.5 hours/ week, collaborating with Kidznotes teaching artists and conductors to support the Kidznotes program, currently Tuesdays and Thursdays during after-school hours and on Saturday mornings. (weekdays may be flexible)

  • Teaching hours: 2-3x/week 4:30-6:00 pm. Saturday 8:45-11:15 am.
  • Teaching beginning and intermediate brass instruments, elementary school
  • Assisting on Saturday mornings at the Nucleo with full orchestra rehearsals, brass class   
  • Collaborate with a team of teachers to create the best experience for students
  • Attending professional development sessions and monthly meetings
  • Preparation and communication with music teachers and Kidznotes management

Qualifications

  • Demonstrates excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer
  • Strong commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music and the mission of Kidznotes
  • Experience teaching beginning and intermediate brass.  
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a diverse community
  • Interest and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and peers as an artist, teacher and citizen
  • Ability to work under frequent observation

Preferred but not required

  • Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds
  • Experience working in underserved communities
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus

Interested applicants should forward cover letter, resume and references with contact information to the Education Manager, Todd Krueger, at tkrueger@kidznotes.org. Call 908-463-5943 if you have questions.

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