Trenton Community Music School is Hiring for 2017-18!

Position: Music Director, Trenton Music Makers

Description: The Music Director is responsible for conducting the ensemble rehearsals and performances of Trenton Music Makers. In addition, s/he will provide supervision of all teaching artists, develop and articulate the curriculum, represent Trenton Music Makers’ values and serve as a spokesperson for the organization both internally and to the broader community.

Background: This El Sistema-inspired program is a partnership between the Trenton Community Music School and the Trenton Public Schools. It provides free, high-quality afterschool music education and performance opportunities for young people in Trenton, and recognizes the power of community music-making to affect positive social development. Trenton Music Makers was piloted at Grant Elementary School in February 2015, and now comprises an elementary-school site at Grant as well as a second site at Grace A. Dunn Middle School. Instruction in violin, viola, and cello are offered, and every student receives creative musicianship instruction to include sight-reading, group singing, improvisation and bucket drumming. Our program works in cooperation with the in-school strings program operated by the school district.

Hours: Generally 30 hours/week, to include program hours (currently 3:00-6:00-pm, Monday – Thursday), and an administrative schedule that will vary weekly according to the organization’s requirements and the Music Director’s preferences.

Compensation: Salary based on experience, plus three weeks paid vacation and health benefits.

Essential Functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading ensemble rehearsals each week across the Trenton Music Makers program, including both beginner and more experienced players, and conducting 8-10 performances per year
  • Preparing lesson plans and communicating with teaching artists and Site Coordinators, including weekly/monthly rehearsal schedules and rehearsal notes
  • Determining repertoire, based on student abilities, teacher input, and ESNJA collective decisions
  • Organizing staff professional development sessions, and visiting instrumental studios on a regular basis, both to supervise and provide feedback to teaching artists and to ensure a connection between ensemble and studio work
  • Attending bi-monthly Board of Trustees meetings, to provide management support and to report on the program for the Trustees’ information

Relationships:

 Reports To:    Executive Director, Trenton Community Music School

 Supervises:   Teaching Artists, both instrumental specialists and musicianship teachers

 Collaborates With: 

  • Site Coordinators, one for each school
  • Trenton Public Schools’ K-12 Arts Supervisor
  • Site school Principals
  • Trenton Community Music School Early Childhood Program Director

Work Environment: Trenton Community Music School values joy and friendship, inclusion, imagination, mutual respect, and the collective striving for excellence. It celebrates cultural diversity and embraces the CATS model (citizen/artist/teacher/scholar) for all adults, both artistic and management professionals.

All employees are required to work on the program site when necessary, but are invited to work at home or in the office as may be preferred and required in order to perform the responsibilities of the position. As in many Sistema-inspired programs, we value our Music Director’s building musical relationships in the local community and/or nearby cities, and support his/her pursuing a performer’s career outside Trenton Community Music School, and can support his/her unavailability for 2-3 program days per month for this reason. It will be desirable for the Music Director to reside in or near Trenton, even while remaining accessible to other performing opportunities.

We are a BYO-technology organization, and at present use the following systems: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Dropbox; Google Apps; Skype; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Position Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting youth orchestras of various levels
  • Strong understanding of El Sistema, youth orchestra repertoire, beginning instrumental curriculum, and teaching artist pedagogy
  • Visionary leadership, balanced by a spirit of collaboration
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple constituent groups including general public, partner organizations, teaching artists, students and parents
  • Ability to embrace and reflect Trenton Community Music School’s values of excellence, access, empowerment and creativity
  • Ability to arrange and simplify orchestral parts
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, and ability to adapt to unanticipated situations

Strong Positives:

  • Experience working as an instrumental teaching artist
  • Bilingual Spanish/English

Trenton, New Jersey: Trenton is the capital of New Jersey, and located on the Delaware River, approximately halfway between New York and Philadelphia on the Northeast Corridor Amtrak line. There is also commuter rail service between it and each of those cities, and a small, user-friendly regional airport served by two commercial airlines. Most who work in Trenton live either inside Trenton, in the surrounding NJ communities of Hamilton, Burlington, Ewing, Lawrenceville and Princeton, or across the river in the Bucks County PA towns of Morrisville, Yardley, Newtown and Langhorne.

Trenton has an estimated population of 84,000 and a median age of 33.6. Its population includes 52 percent African-American and 34 percent Latino residents. The cost of living in Trenton is low, relative to the region; the median home value is roughly $107,000 and the median annual household income is approximately $34,000.

To Apply: Please send the following to info@trentoncommunitymusic.org by April 20:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • A season plan for a youth orchestra of students ages 8-15, two tracks: beginner and intermediate

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Position:  Violin/Viola Teaching Artist for the Trenton Music Makers program, Grant Elementary School site

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as assigned, from 3:15 and 5:45; Sept 2017 - June 2018

Pay:  Hourly rate based on experience

Reports To: Program Director, with a strong dotted-line relationship with the Site Coordinator

Duties:

  • Teach small-group lessons for students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
  • Attend 3-4 student performances during the year, playing to support the section
  • Implement Trenton Music Makers curriculum, in coordination with the full team of teaching artists
  • Work creatively with outside consultants, musicians and organizations to enhance the development of the program
  • Participate in the supervision of students, including transition and snack time
  • Communicate with parents
  • Attend occasional staff meetings and professional-development sessions
  • Collaborate in any documentation of the program that may take place, to include photography, filming, or recording

Required Qualifications:

  • Mastery of violin or viola, and some ability with both
  • Experience teaching beginning violin, viola and/or cello
  • Ability to work effectively with young people from racially and culturally diverse communities
  • Passion for creating impact on the lives of young people through music
  • Commitment to creating a positive atmosphere that fosters mutual respect among teachers, students, parents and colleagues
  • Strong organization skills, matched by kindness, a sense of humor, and readiness to adapt
  • Professionalism and commitment to excellence
  • Successfully pass a background check

Strong Positives:

  • Experience teaching in group lessons
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Experience in El Sistema-inspired programs

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Position:  Cello Teaching Artist for the Trenton Music Makers program, Dunn Middle School site

Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 - 5:00pm, Sept 2017 - June 2018.

Pay:  Hourly rate based on experience

Reports To: Program Director, with a strong dotted-line relationship with the Site Coordinator

Duties:

  • Teach small-group lessons for students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades
  • Attend 3-4 student performances during the year, playing to support the section
  • Implement Trenton Music Makers curriculum, in coordination with the full team of teaching artists
  • Work creatively with outside consultants, musicians and organizations to enhance the development of the program
  • Participate in the supervision of students, including transition and snack time
  • Communicate with parents
  • Attend occasional staff meetings and professional-development sessions
  • Collaborate in any documentation of the program that may take place, to include photography, filming, or recording

Required Qualifications:

  • Mastery of cello
  • Experience teaching beginning violin, viola and/or cello
  • Ability to work effectively with young people from racially and culturally diverse communities
  • Passion for creating impact on the lives of young people through music
  • Commitment to creating a positive atmosphere that fosters mutual respect among teachers, students, parents and colleagues
  • Strong organization skills, matched by kindness, a sense of humor, and readiness to adapt
  • Professionalism and commitment to excellence
  • Successfully pass a background check

Strong Positives:

  • Experience teaching in group lessons
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Experience in El Sistema-inspired programs

Does this sound like you? Then send resume and cover letter to Trenton Community Music School at info@trentoncommunitymusic.org, with the subject "Trenton Music Makers Music Director position," “Trenton Music Makers Violin/Viola Teaching Artist position” or "Trenton Music Makers Cello Teaching Artist position," as the case may be.