Jobs with El Sistema Colorado

El Sistema Colorado provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in musical arts within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education, and strengthen their communities. El Sistema provides access to exceptional music education in order to promote youth development. Central to El Sistema Colorado’s plan is to build, with community partners, youth orchestras and choirs in underserved communities throughout Denver and Colorado.

Cello Teaching Artist, Explorers Assistant

Instrument Areas: Strings
Organization : El Sistema Colorado at Swansea Elementary and Garden Place Academy

Program Hours: Part-Time

  • Cello Teaching Artist: 8 hours per week, 3:45-5:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday,with occasional evening and weekend community activities. Hours and days per week will be adjusted according to position.
  • Explorers Assistant: 3 hours per week, within 3:45-5:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with occasional evening and weekend community activities. Hours and days per week will be adjusted according to position.

Compensation: Hourly pay rate will be based on education and experience.
Inquiry: Please email your resume and cover letter immediately to jobs@elsistemacolorado.org.

Interviews will be scheduled ASAP after resumes and cover letters are received.


El Sistema Colorado provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in musical arts within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education, and strengthen their communities. El Sistema provides access to exceptional music education in order to promote youth development. Central to El Sistema Colorado’s plan is to build, with community partners, youth orchestras and choirs in underserved communities throughout Denver and Colorado.

Position Summary:
Teaching Artists will work closely with the Lead Teaching Artist in designing engaging and effective curriculum and activities for brass, strings, woodwinds, or choral music. He or she will take on a critical leadership role within the program.
Teaching Assistants will support Teaching Artists, lead instrument specific sectionals, and collaborate with other El Sistema Colorado faculty. He or she will take on a critical supportive role.

Responsible for leading beginning pedagogy for El Sistema Colorado’s partner Title I Denver Public Schools located in the Globeville neighborhood. He or she will ensure the highest quality beginning instrumental experience for El Sistema Colorado, design curriculum and instruction in collaboration with other El Sistema music faculty and support each child holistically. He or she will support the El Sistema philosophy and methodology and help facilitate community and family involvement.

El Sistema Colorado partners with schools to become hubs of intensive and joyful ensemble music-making that expand to serve all students. Each participant will have a rich music curriculum focused on cultivating a caring, cooperative and fun community. The instruments and the program are
free to all participating students as long as they uphold their contract to take care of the instrument and maintain excellent attendance in El Sistema Colorado.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
As an El Sistema faculty member, responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Collaborating with El Sistema Colorado faculty to create a shared curriculum, pedagogy and culture inspired by the ideals of El Sistema
  • Teaching beginning instrumental lessons in small groups, ratio of 10/1 – students/teacher
  • Team teaching and assisting with creative ensemble classes
  • Supporting a successful, enriching ensemble experience for students through differentiation by student ability-level and interests
  • Assisting with full ensemble rehearsals of up to 100 students; playing in the section, collaborating with the conductor
  • Maintaining instruments (tuning, repairs, etc.) and preparing lesson plans
  • Leading/assisting with evening/weekend programming, concerts, field trips, etc.
  • Attending all El Sistema professional development sessions
  • Assisting with other aspects of the holistic program (snack, homework, recess, etc.)
  • Preparation and communication with other music teachers, El Sistema Lead Teaching Artists, Program Director, Executive Board, parents, and the El Sistema Colorado team

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 El Sistema Colorado
  • Four-year undergraduate degree, graduate degree or equivalent experience is a plus (but not required for Assistant and Intern positions)
  • Strong knowledge of brass, percussion, strings, woodwind, or choral repertoire and standard music pedagogy & curriculum (Suzuki, etc.); certification preferred
  • Experience teaching beginning brass, percussion, strings, woodwinds or choir
  • Experience leading ensembles and groups of students
  • Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds; experience working in underserved communities
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies 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
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus!
  • Colorado State Teaching License or Substitute Teacher License also a plus!

An Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of El Sistema Colorado to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, age, or veteran status.


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