Title: Violin Teaching Artist, 2017-2018 School Year
Department: OrchKids
Reports to: OrchKids Manager of Teaching and Learning and Site Manager
Classification: Part-Time
Compensation: $12,000/year
Location: Lockerman Bundy Elementary, Baltimore, MD

  • Approximately 11-13 hours/week, 27 weeks/year (October 2017 – May 2018)
  • Teaching hours take place Monday-Thursday, after-school: Monday and Thursday, 2:45 pm-5 pm; and Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:45 pm-6 pm
  • Some evening and weekend availability required for performances

There are jobs, and then there are jobs where you get to make a difference. Members of our dedicated OrchKids team see the way music changes lives on a daily basis. We’re growing and looking for great people who want to share that power of music with our exceptional students.

Organizational Summary
OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City’s underprivileged neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s programs to make a difference within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction and performance and mentorship opportunities, as well as meals and services at no cost. Currently OrchKids works with six public schools in Baltimore City, serving more than 1,200 children from Pre-K through 10th grade.

Job Summary
The Violin Teaching Artist is a dynamic educator who teaches violin group classes to students in grades 2-9. Working in small classes of 5-10 students, the Violin TA helps guide the musical development of the program’s violin players, as well as serves as a positive role model to students. The Strings TA also collaborates with other OrchKids faculty to provide input in the development of repertoire and curriculum goals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach violin group classes of 5-10 students in grades 2-9. Students are placed in classes according to age and playing level.
  • Hold students to high artistic standards, cultivating students’ individual and ensemble skills.
  • Work to develop social skills in students as reflected in the OrchKids mission.
  • Develop students’ music reading skills and basic music theory knowledge.
  • Prepare and rehearse students for selected concerts and events.
  • Attend and assist in select concerts and off-campus performances.
  • Attend 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 elementary music education.
  • Fine musicianship skills on violin.
  • Strong knowledge of string repertoire, curriculum and pedagogy. Training in Suzuki, Rolland and/or O’Connor methods preferred.
  • 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.

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. 

How to Apply
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.