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Early Childhood Music Specialist

Website Great Bend Center for Music

Music that builds community.


TITLE: Early Childhood Music Specialist

REPORTS TO: Education Director


COMPENSATION: Salary and benefit package dependent upon experience. Position has significant room for growth.

START DATE: August 16, 2021 (or upon filling of position if later)

TO APPLY: Resume and cover letter to with EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC SPECIALIST in the subject line.


The Great Bend Center for Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that explores the many applications of music as an instrument of social transformation and community development.

Sound Scholars is Great Bend’s entirely virtual early childhood music program which provides daily instruction for kids and families. Each session includes ear training, music literacy, ensemble practice, songcraft, vocabulary, listening and leadership activities with a strong STEM focus. The fast-paced sessions are organized around preparing the kids for ensemble participation which, at this level, primarily takes the form of virtual collaborations that also introduce the basics of digital musicianship.

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Great Bend is looking for an Early Childhood Music Specialist to join our Sound Scholars teaching team who is professional, creative, and passionate about working with young children in a community-centric approach.

This position will work with Great Bend’s Otter (ages 2-5) and Seal (K & Grade 1) Pod families online, weekdays, from September through June, implementing an innovative curriculum focused on ensemble preparation that includes developmentally-appropriate ear training, vocabulary, literacy, and repertoire, all of which is introduced and practiced through games, movement, and virtual performance collaborations.

This role will be supervised by the Education Director and work in collaboration with the Artistic Director and other Great Bend teaching artists. We are looking for lifelong learners and collaboratively natured individuals. Great Bend team members actively participate in professional development and continued education to cultivate and hone their teaching skills and are excited to grow as educators.


  • Bachelor’s degree in music or music education and experience working with children and families; graduate work and early childhood teaching experience are both strongly preferred.
  • A desire to work in underserved communities and with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds, and enthusiasm for the El Sistema model and its philosophy of social transformation through music.
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish and/or Mam, and English) preferred.
  • High degree of comfort using web-based teaching tools; strong organizational skills; strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to work well in a diverse team.
  • Kodaly and Orff educational training is a plus.
  • References and background check for virtual instruction. Fingerprint and additional clearances as required by Washington State Licensing for any in-person instruction that may evolve out of this position.

Strong Positives

  • Western Washington residency
  • Interest and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and community
  • An exceptional knowledge of different teaching practices
  • An active creative, artistic, and/or performing life
  • Commitment to equity and social justice
  • Self-aware and socially conscious
  • Conducting, arranging, and/or composing experience

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Great Bend is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. Discrimination against race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information is both illegal and against our organization’s values.

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