Early Learning Musicianship Assistant Teacher (2024-25 School Year)

Title: Early Childhood Musicianship Assistant Teacher
Department: OrchKids
Reports to: OrchKids Program Manager
Classification: Part-Time
Compensation: $35/hr
Location: Baltimore, MD. School site may vary.
Times: Times will vary depending on teaching artist availability and specific school site hours

THE BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and ORCHKIDS

For over a century, the BSO has been recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural institutions. As the largest cultural institution in Maryland, the BSO is internationally recognized and locally admired for its innovation, performances and recordings, and educational community initiatives including OrchKids. 

OrchKids uses music as a vehicle for students to develop 21st century skills (creativity, collaboration, leadership, etc.) that are transferable to all areas of their lives. Marin Alsop, Music Director Laureate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and OrchKids Founding Director, shaped OrchKids into the cornerstone of the BSO’s community engagement efforts across the city with her artistic leadership and direction. OrchKids was founded in 2008 with 30 students at one elementary school with seed funding from Marin Alsop and Founding Donors Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff.

OrchKids now works with seven schools in Baltimore City, serving over 1,800 children from Pre-K through 12th grade during school, after school, and in weeklong workshops. 

In collaboration with several community partners OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic assistance, meals, mental health resources, connection to social services, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost to students and families. OrchKids is an acknowledged leader in the El Sistema and social-change through music movement throughout the world.

JOB SUMMARY

The Musicianship Assistant Teacher is a dynamic educator and classroom leader who supports early childhood music and movement classes to students in elementary school, primarily kindergarten through 2nd grade (typically in classes of 15-25 students). Musicianship classes incorporate materials, practices, repertoire, and activities drawing from methods including Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Gordon, etc. 

The Musicianship Assistant Teacher will play an integral role in supporting the lead Musician Teacher’s activities, lesson flow, and student behavior management protocol throughout class time.

The OrchKids educational philosophy focuses on student-centered learning, evidence-based teaching practices relevant to our students’ lives, creation and improvisation, inclusion, student voice and agency, and ensemble music-making. This methodology aims to promote synchronicity and community as well as simultaneously cultivating high artistic instrumental skills (i.e. technique, learning challenging repertoire) and fostering creativity (e.g. improvisation and composition). 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Support the Lead Musicianship Teacher as they lead musicianship group classes weekly in accordance with OrchKids culturally responsive curriculum and trauma-informed educational philosophy
  • Serve as a consistent and compassionate mentor to OrchKids students
  • Hold students to high artistic standards, cultivating both their technical and ensemble skills
  • Embrace OrchKids’ mission, goals, and guiding principles
  • Actively incorporate into classes the perspectives, strategies, language, routines, and other pedagogical tools conveyed through the OrchKids professional development sessions
  • Creating substitute plans if there is a necessary absence 
  • Attend required concerts, meetings, events and professional development sessions
  • Support the musical and logistical aspects in rehearsals to prepare students for 2-3 annual showcases 
  • Supervise students during transitions and breaktime
  • Attend required concerts, meetings, events and professional development sessions
  • Maintain professional, prompt lines of communication with OrchKids team members
  • Additional tasks/responsibilities:
    • Communicating supply requests/maintenance/managing classroom needs
    • Respond to emails within 48 hours
QUALIFICATIONS AND CAPABILITIES
  • Passion for working with youth and desire to serve as a role model to students
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Considerable experience teaching young students (pre-k through 2nd grade), preferably in a group setting
  • Willingness to jump in and embrace OrchKids’ approach to music-making through creative composition, improvisation and playing a variety of musical genres
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively with the OrchKids team 
  • Punctuality, professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills

The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences of relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload.

HOW TO APPLY 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to orchkids@bsomusic.org. No phone calls please. Relocation assistance is not provided.

OUR CULTURE AS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and OrchKids use the BSO mission and shared values (Appendices) to govern decisions, actions, and behaviors. These values guide how we conduct our work and professional relationships: Creativity, Respect, Excellence, Education/Engagement, and Diversity. We are focused on a people-first culture for our patrons and our entire BSO family. 

The BSO is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, differing physical abilities, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, other non-merit factors. 

The BSO is committed to improving and protecting the health of our musicians, staff, and our communities. We comply fully with the COVID-19 requirements of the state of Maryland and the city of Baltimore. It is required that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment. 

APPENDIX I:  ORCHKIDS MISSION

OrchKids provides Baltimore youth with equitable access to community-based, high-quality music instruction and programming that teaches musical and social skills transferable to all areas of their lives.

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APPENDIX II:  BSO SHARED VALUES

In October 2021, the BSO Board of Directors approved the following shared values, or “BSO Creed”: 

CREATIVITY

  • We believe the BSO is first and foremost an artistic institution that is dedicated to the finest creative musical expression.   
  • We seek to facilitate opportunities for creative approaches that allow musicians, staff, board, and partners to collaborate to serve our mission.    
  • We strive to inform all decisions with our commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.

RESPECT   

  • We believe the BSO should value, appreciate, and treat all individuals – patrons, staff, musicians, guest artists, and volunteers with compassion, respect, and dignity.    
  • We seek to create a welcoming, safe, and enjoyable environment for all.   
  • We strive to embrace all human differences and commit to caring and civility towards all with whom we work and serve. 

EXCELLENCE   

  • We believe it is an honor to present great music to stir and nurture the soul.   
  • We seek to attract, develop, and retain the best talent in all musicians, staff, board, and volunteers. Everyone who works at the BSO has an important role to play in our success.        
  • We strive to act with uncompromising integrity and transparency.  

ENGAGEMENT / EDUCATION   

  • We believe deep connections to the diverse communities we serve are essential to our mission.   
  • We seek to inspire and educate with powerful and meaningful musical experiences for audiences of all ages.    
  • We strive to nurture the talents of musicians of all ages with accessible educational initiatives and programs.     
  • We strive to create a culture where musicians, staff, board, and volunteers communicate, collaborate, understand, and appreciate each other’s work.   

DIVERSITY

  • We believe diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging – with respect to race, gender, and personal identity – are cultural and strategic imperatives.    
  • We seek to create a culture of excellence that ensures access and inclusion of diverse voices in all that we do.  
  • We strive to use the universal language of music to bring people together and embrace our multicultural society. 

To apply for this job email your details to orchkids@bsomusic.org

Our Mission

“The BSO performs the highest quality symphonic music of all eras that nurtures the human spirit. The BSO is committed to engaging, inspiring, educating, and serving diverse audiences and to enhancing Baltimore and the State of Maryland as a cultural center of vitality and importance.”

BSO Creed: Our Shared Values

CREATIVITY

  • We believe the BSO is first and foremost an artistic institution that is dedicated to the finest creative musical
  • We seek to facilitate opportunities for creative approaches that allow musicians, staff, board, and partners to collaborate to serve our
  • We strive to inform all decisions with our commitment to innovation and continuous

RESPECT

  • We believe the BSO should value, appreciate, and treat all individuals - patrons, staff, musicians, guest artists, and volunteers with compassion, respect, and
  • We seek to create a welcoming, safe, and enjoyable environment for
  • We strive to embrace all human differences and commit to caring and civility towards all with whom we work and

EXCELLENCE

  • We believe it is an honor to present great music to stir and nurture the
  • We seek to attract, develop, and retain the best talent in all musicians, staff, board, and Everyone who works at the BSO has an important role to play in our success.
  • We strive to act with uncompromising integrity and

ENGAGEMENT / EDUCATION

  • We believe deep connections to the diverse communities we serve are essential to our
  • We seek to inspire and educate with powerful and meaningful musical experiences for audiences of all ages.
  • We strive to nurture the talents of musicians of all ages with accessible educational initiatives and
  • We strive to create a culture where musicians, staff, board, and volunteers communicate, collaborate, understand, and appreciate each other’s work.

DIVERSITY

  • We believe diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging – with respect to race, gender, and personal identity – are cultural and strategic imperatives.
  • We seek to create a culture of excellence that ensures access and inclusion of diverse voices in all that we
  • We strive to use the universal language of music to bring people together and embrace our multicultural