The Oakland Symphony is seeking MUSE Stringendo Teaching Artiststo join a dynamic team that prioritizes artistry, education, diversity, equity and access for Oakland youth.
Oakland Symphony strives to enrich the city’s cultural life by championing symphonic music performance and music education. It is a leading regional performing art organization that is nationally known for its inclusive programming and connection to the community. We seek teaching artists who prioritizes a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment and are passionate about increasing the reach and impact of Oakland Symphony’s programming.
MUSE STRINGENDO PROGRAM
The MUSE Stringendo program is a new partnership between Oakland Symphony and the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). The Oakland Symphony engages highly qualified beginning string teachers to partner with in-school OUSD elementary music string teachers in addition to leading a weekly after-school session.
Through providing positive individual attention and group lessons to classroom and afterschool students in grades 3-5, a Stringendo Teaching Artist supports the goals of OUSD certified music teachers specializing in violin, viola, and cello. Successful candidates will coach students on how to practice in creative and engaging ways with the priority to engage, inspire, and provide instrumental music instruction which yield concert results.
*Visit OUSD Visual & Performing Arts Web-site to get current with goals and activities for OUSD: http://www.ousd.org/Domain/157
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSITILITIES
Provide monthly reports detailing school visited, dates, hours, success stories, and statistics.
Lead weekly afterschool practice sessions.
Create lesson plans which include principals of playing the instrument and music fundamentals, highlighting OUSD teacher’s requested repertoire.
Exchange observations of students, teaching techniques, and ideas with the certified music teacher.
Recruit students for various opportunities in MUSE and beyond. (EX: Master Classes, Performances, etc.)
Maintain and communicate a regular schedule with consistent & prompt attendance.
Attend annual MUSE meetings and teaching artist training opportunities as available.
Submit to a background check.
Be aware of appropriate interactions with students and colleagues, i.e.: alerting classroom teacher to suspected child abuse and neglect, sexual harassment, etc.
Previous professional experience as both a symphonic instrumentalist and group teacher preferred.
Knowledge and appreciation of multiple cultures and genres of music a plus.
Superb written, verbal, and organizational skills.
Ability to manage and engage a classroom of students.
Experience working with youth.
Strong social and interpersonal skills.
Clear background checks and proof of a negative TB test within the last 4 years.
Regular availability during the day from September to May.
Access to reliable transportation.
People person and team player.
Punctual and organized.
Strong desire to mentor youth.
Exceptional interpersonal skills.
Share creative enthusiasm of learning music through classroom management and engagement.
Part-time hourly rate of $68.50 per hour. Paid monthly. Hours are subject to teaching schedule and availability. Oakland Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in staffing.
Additional Salary Information: Part-time hourly rate of $68.50 per hour. Paid monthly. Hours are subject to teaching schedule and availability. Oakland Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in staffing.
Internal Number: EDU-01
About Oakland Symphony
The Oakland Symphony is celebrated as one of the most distinct regional orchestras in the country, serving a diverse population through its unique convergence of artistic excellence, community service, and education programs. Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded in 1963 and has been providing world-class orchestral training to young musicians for over 50 years. Oakland Symphony Chorus is launching its 56th season of serving the community through vocal training and performance opportunities for all.
The Symphony, the Youth Orchestra, and the Chorus have the shared aim of making classical music accessible to all members of our community by presenting unique programs and attracting a wide-ranging, culturally diverse audience. We strive to bring together people who might otherwise never have met, to sit side-by-side and share a meaningful cultural experience.
In addition to presenting unconventional, approachable concerts, the Symphony invests heavily in education and outreach, working with schools and in the community to introduce people of all backgrounds to the joys of playing an instrument and experiencing classical performance.
Along with our education programs, ...we foster the future of classical music through partnerships with contemporary musicians and composers. Throughout the years, the Symphony has fostered collaborations with local arts organizations, from children’s choruses to jazz ensembles. The Oakland Symphony Chorus collaborates with a number of regional performing arts groups including Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, as well as regularly collaborating and performing with the Symphony and Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra. The Chorus serves as a premier resource for continuing education in the choral arts and holds open auditions throughout the year.