Open Position: Violin/Viola Teaching Artist

Part-Time teaching position available for the 2016-2017 School Year from August 10-May 26.

Program Overview

MusicWorks! is an El Sistema-inspired after-school program that promotes positive social change through music, and empowers underserved youth to develop a strong sense of personal identity and community through musical literacy.

MusicWorks! is currently seeking a violin/viola teaching artist for the 2016-2017 school year.

The 2016-2017 After school program begins August 10 and ends May 26, 2017. The after school program runs Monday-Friday from 4-5:30PM at The Heights Center.

General Expectations

  • Embrace a flexible working schedule and environment to deliver a reactive program that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the children and greater community.
  • Be creative in designing and introducing new ways of learning as part of the music program.
  • Co-create curriculum and repertoire for ensembles, sectionals and individual children.
  • Work in collaboration with local community partners to identify and develop targeted programs and outreach work related to the music program.
  • Work with outside consultants, musicians, and organizations to enhance the development of the program.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of systems and procedures for monitoring and evaluating the music program and individual children.
  • Cooperate with and support any recording, filming, and documenting of the program.
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Director and fellow Teaching Artists to ensure a safe, fun, and positive learning experience for all students.
  • Undertake ongoing training that may cover music, music pedagogy and learning styles, child development, child protection, working with challenging behavior, shadowing of different roles within the community including teachers, social workers, community workers, etc.


  • Teach/Co-Teach, including but not limited to:
    • Violin and/or Viola small group lessons
    • Theory and Fundamentals
    • Assist the Program Director with Orchestra rehearsal
  • Teach small group violin and/or viola group lessons to returning and new MusicWorks! students
  • Teach or co-teach Sectional Methods class of up to 15 students
  • Participate in mandatory professional development at the discretion of the Program Director. Additional, optional professional development sessions may be offered.
  • Submit weekly lesson plans under the guidelines provided by the Program Director.
  • Cover classes, when necessary, as scheduled by the Program Director.
  • Communicate with family members as directed.
  • Supervise children on breaks and during any non-teaching time as necessary or directed.
  • Assist students with homework from 3-4PM (school year only) and complete Department of Children and Families required training for working with school aged children. Training will be paid for by the Gulf Coast Symphony.
  • Take attendance under the guidelines provided by the Program Director.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director, not requiring materially different skills or competencies.


  • Bachelor’s degree required either music education and/or performance, Master’s degree preferred with strong musical knowledge.
  • Strong classroom management skills.
  • Experience teaching beginning strings.
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong knowledge of string repertoire, curriculum, and pedagogy.
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and populations and work cooperatively in a small open workplace environment.
  • Ability to work under frequent observation by Program Director and site visitors.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Melissa Barlow, Program Director, at

The Gulf Coast Symphony is an equal opportunity employer.

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