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Strings Assistant Teaching Artist

  • Part Time
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Please note this position does not qualify for an employer sponsored VISA.

Website Winston-Salem Symphony

Title: Piedmont Learning Academy for Youth Music (P.L.A.Y. Music) Strings Assistant Teaching Artist (beginner strings classes)

Department: Education Department

Reports to: Senior Director of Education, Engagement & Inclusion

Hours: Approximately 2 – 5 hours per weekSalary: Winston-Salem Symphony (WSS) Education Service Rate of $40 per hour (inclusive of FICA). All Teaching Artists will be compensated for classroom time, meetings (including evaluations and performance reviews), and approved professional development time.

Start Date: Varies by semester.

Schedule: Follows the 2022-2023 WS/FCS student calendar.

Position Summary: P.L.A.Y. Music is seeking multiple Assistant Teaching Artists for the following areas:
 Team Mozart (beginning violin classes grades 1-3)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
 Assist and support the needs of the classroom as directed by the Lead Teaching Artist including but not limited to: tuning instruments, adjusting posture, helping with note reading, playing in the section, and behavior/classroom management.
 Assist and support the needs of the Site Manager by helping complete administrative duties such as taking attendance, making copies, handing out music, snacks, taking students to the restroom, classroom set up and cleanup, and other tasks as needed.
 Assist with student dismissal procedures.
 Read and follow the weekly lesson plans created by the Lead Teaching Artist.
 Encourage learning in a safe environment that builds students’ self-esteem and confidence.
 Communicate and build a rapport with students in the class.
 Participate in PLAY Music staff meetings, special events, concerts, and ongoing professional development workshops as assigned.
 Assist with supervision, management, rehearsals, and performances of 150+ children within the entirety of the P.L.A.Y. Music program including but not limited to: tuning instruments, playing in the section, behavior, procedure, and discipline management.
 Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Special Requirements (but are not limited to):
 Demonstrate excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer.
 Experience in teaching music in a group/ensemble setting.
 Strong knowledge of standard music pedagogy (Suzuki, etc.) a plus.
 Interest and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and peers as an artist, teacher, and citizen.
 Flexibility and creativity to adapt to curriculum goals and ability to work collaboratively.
 Strong classroom management skills.
 Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
 Ability to stand for at least 2 – 2.5 hours.
 Ability to work during assigned program hours as well as additional hours for meetings, professional development and scheduled concerts.
 Ability to participate in organized musical games and activities that require movement such as walking, jumping, and dancing.
 Ability to work under frequent observation.
 Ability to work under the supervision of the Lead Teaching Artist, Substitute Teaching Artists, the P.L.A.Y. Music Program Administrator and the Senior Director of Education, Engagement & Inclusion.
 Successful completion of background checks through both the Winston-Salem Symphony and WS/FC Schools.
 Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

Program Summary: P.L.A.Y. Music is the Winston-Salem Symphony’s El Sistema-inspired music education program that uses music as a vehicle to provide building blocks for student growth and places an emphasis on teaching the whole child: head, heart, and hands. The focus of the curriculum is to instill in each child a thankfulness for their background and place in the world, an appreciation for those different than themselves, and to better themselves holistically through active contribution and participation in an ensemble. Additionally, the program strives to assist students to excel academically – particularly in the area of early childhood literacy – by creatively including academic activities in each music lesson.

An Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the Winston-Salem Symphony to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, age or Veteran Status.

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Senior Director of Education, Engagement & Inclusion at

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