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General Music and Recorder Teaching Artist
Oakland, California

Harmony Project Bay Area (Oakland sites)

Dear Teaching Artists,

Thank you for your interest in the Harmony Project.

Please review this job description and requirements and apply by submitting the following application documents to

– Resume or summary of experience
– Brief cover letter highlighting your teaching experience and any experience in community-based music programs, especially those that benefit from culturally responsive teaching
– References will be requested after the initial application.

The selected candidate will be required to undergo an orientation and background check, including fingerprinting. This position is available to start in January 2024. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to meeting you.

Job focus: To introduce and engage new students in grade 3 to a general music and recorder class, build trust, and ensure the acquisition of foundational musical, social, and emotional skills.

Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays from 3-5pm (schedule subject to negotiation).

Reports To: Harmony Project Oakland Program Executive, Suzanna Sitomer

Roles and Responsibilities:

1) Strive to create programming that is culturally responsive and community-based, aligning with Harmony Project’s mission.

2) Provide general music instruction (with recorder), which may involve virtual as well as in-person teaching, to students in 3rd grade.

3) Teaching

– Collaboratively plan with and receive feedback from HP staff AND students and families

– Contribute to and implement a curriculum that is holistic and responsive and takes into account our students’ mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing

– Incorporate lesson planning that highlights our students’ diasporas

– Prioritize musical language fluency through various methods over conservatory approaches, including improvisation and composition

– Creatively teach twice-weekly group lessons

– Prepare students and create content for culminating events such as concerts and gatherings

4) Progress Check-in Assessments

– Build relationships and create community with parents and students, ensuring they are notified of their children’s musical progress, successes, and areas for improvement.

– Identify student struggles early and create a plan to address the issue

– Regularly communicate with HP staff

5) Professional Responsibilities

– Maintain attendance records

– Maintain contact with families

– Plan and co-teach with fellow teaching artist(s)

– Execute additional administrative tasks as necessary

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