Orch Kids

Are you an educator who is passionate about making a difference? Do you want to be part of vibrant community of musicians and teachers dedicated to creating transformative musical experiences for Baltimore City students? If so, apply to become part of the BSO OrchKids team!

Position:  Exploratory Music Teaching Artist
  BSO OrchKids Program
Reports to:  OrchKids Manager of Teaching and Learning and Site Manager
Classification:  Independent Contractor 
Hours:  After-school hours during the September–May school year. Some evening and weekend commitments.
Start Date:  Late September 2016
Inquiry:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to OrchKids@BSOmusic.org. No phone calls. Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and candidates will be contacted based on openings and qualifications. Finalists will be asked to demonstrate teaching and rehearsal skills at interview.

Job Summary:
The Exploratory Music Teaching Artist leads the exploratory music class for children in grades K through 3 in accordance with the mission and educational goals of the OrchKids program. Through these classes, students are introduced to the main instrument families (strings, woodwinds and brass) and have the opportunity to learn basic skills on the violin, trumpet and recorder. The Exploratory Music TA collaborates with other OrchKids faculty to help develop program curriculum and ensure the highest quality music experience for students. The TA also facilitates positive individual, family, and community growth through guidance and role modeling.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach exploratory music classes during after-school hours to classes of 20-30 students in grades K-3
  • Explore with students the string, woodwind and brass families by teaching them basic instrument techniques on violin, trumpet and recorder
  • Teach students to respect their instruments and help them to discover their personal instrument preferences
  • Reinforce the fundamentals of music as taught during in-school musicianship classes through singing, rhythm games, solfege, etc
  • Evaluate student progress and make recommendations for each student to advance or not advance to the next level of OrchKids (e.g., instrument group classes, ensembles, etc.)
  • Prepare and rehearse exploratory ensembles for selected concerts and events
  • Attend and assist in select concerts and off-campus performances
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and professional development workshops as required
  • Maintain good lines of communication with OrchKids staff, Baltimore City Public Schools site teachers and students’ family members


  • Experience teaching early elementary music education
  • Strong knowledge of and ability to teach strings, woodwinds and brass
  • Training and experience teaching Gordon, Orff and/or Kodaly pedagogies
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Ability to work effectively with children of diverse backgrounds
  • Passion for and belief in OrchKids’ mission
  • Desire to be a motivational mentor and role model for OrchKids students and community
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively
  • High level of professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills

About the Organization:
Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand the Orchestra’s relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. Believing that music and mentorship open doors and that every child should have the opportunity to experience making music, the BSO's OrchKids has the following mission: (1) Use music as a vehicle to provide Baltimore City children with mentoring, encouragement and vision for a promising future. (2) Create an after-school program devoted to music appreciation, academics, citizenship, community awareness, family and health (emotional, social and physical). (3) Continue to develop the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as an accessible community resource. For more information, visit BSOmusic.org/OrchKids.

The Baltimore Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The BSO is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin is prohibited.