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The Instructor of Jazz Piano will join our esteemed faculty and help shape the next generation of jazz musicians through comprehensive instruction and mentorship. As part of the Contemporary Music Program, Interlochen’s Jazz Studies offers students a curriculum in history, theory, improvisation, composition and arranging and offers rehearsal and performance experience with the Interlochen Jazz Orchestra and Combos. Additionally, the Instructor of Jazz Piano will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations, fostering creativity and innovation within our dynamic educational environment. This position is an academic year position with the opportunity for an additional contract for the three week jazz camp in the summer, and jazz intensive week.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Teach weekly lessons to Jazz majors as well as students in the Contemporary programs, adapting teaching methods to accommodate varying skill levels and backgrounds.
Teach classes, including Class Jazz Piano, Class Contemporary Piano, Theory, and Rhythm Sectional classes
Collaborate with the Director of Jazz Studies to develop and refine curriculum, ensuring that it remains current, innovative, and aligned with the evolving landscape of the jazz music industry
Direct ensemble rehearsals and sectionals, ensuring that students receive focused instruction, fostering their ensemble performance and musical proficiency
Manage the jazz piano studio, overseeing student progress, individualized instruction, and studio-related activities
Carefully select and curate repertoire for students, ensuring that it challenges and inspires while encompassing a diverse range of jazz styles and eras
Contribute to the direction of jazz combos and jazz orchestra, fostering a collaborative and creative environment where students develop their ensemble performance and improvisational skills
Lead performances, including running and assisting with soundchecks, rehearsals, evening performances, and student audition taping scheduled outside of regular school day hours
Teach additional classes as directed by the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Director of Contemporary Music, contributing to a diverse and dynamic curriculum
Coordinate and participate in off-campus performances and touring with ensembles, providing students with real-world performance opportunities and promoting the program's artistic presence both locally and beyond
Lead an advisory group, providing guidance, mentorship, and support to students and fostering their personal and artistic development.
Attend community meetings to engage with fellow faculty members and administrators, contributing to the collaborative and cooperative environment at Interlochen.
Actively participate in faculty concerts, showcasing your expertise and artistry, while inspiring and connecting with students and the wider artistic community at Interlochen
Actively engage in recruiting activities to attract talented and passionate students to Interlochen, promoting the program and its unique educational offerings to prospective students and their families
Work with the Director of Jazz, Associate Director of Contemporary Music, and the Director of Music to identify the changing needs of currently enrolled students and be able to flexibly change coursework as needed or directed
Seek the best use of materials, equipment and staff to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
Comply with ICA policies/procedures and acts as a good steward of ICA finances
Respect the culture, diversity and rights of all students, their families and the community
Prioritize duties in a manner consistent with organizational objectives and growth
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree in music required (Master's preferred) or equivalent professional experience
National and/or international experience as a teacher-artist-performer
Expertise in jazz piano history, practice, and performance.
Vocal accompaniment experience.
Ability to teach students at all levels.
Ability to develop appropriate curriculum.
Ability to identify and engage guest artists of national and international repute.
Ability to work with both internal and external stakeholders in advocating for and highlighting the Contemporary Music program of IAA.
Ability to follow and execute specific verbal and written instructions.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to promote and maintain positive interaction with all internal and external stakeholders.
Demonstrate respect for cultural, ethnic, spiritual, and linguistic diversity and values including differences in personal goals, lifestyle choices and varying family backgrounds and histories.
Application Materials Required:
Portfolio and/or links to performance and teaching videos
Interlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at www.interlochen.org. Interlochen Center for the Arts includes: Interlochen Arts AcademyInterlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities. Interlochen Arts CampYoung artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve. Interlochen College of Creative ...ArtsAdult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines. Interlochen Public RadioClassical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/CharlevoixNews Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/LudingtonStreaming online at ipr.interlochen.org. Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists. Interlochen PresentsInterlochen brings dozens of world-renowned artists to northwest Michigan, enhancing the region’s position on the global arts map. Interlochen presents more than 600 events each year by students, faculty and guest artists, making Interlochen one of the nation’s largest arts presenters.