Title: Volta Afterschool program Teacher
Hours: Part-time (6-8h/week). Monday-Thursday. 2h teaching per day, 1 paid training and meetings hour, 1 paid planning hour.
Salary: $40/h (teaching rate); $20/h (virtual trainings and meetings rate)
Starting date: January 2023
Location: Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade Counties, FL
Volta Music Foundation’s mission is to provide students in underserved communities the opportunity to advance their musical careers through a variety of educational programs and talent development opportunities.
Volta Music Foundation After-School Program aims to engage Elementary schools’ students in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade Counties through in-person, high-caliber music learning opportunities. All students will participate in weekly group instrumental music classes and receive musical instruments and materials at no cost to them. Students will also be given opportunities to access several performances throughout the year and participate in student recitals and concerts.
The student demographic Volta target are students from low-income families and at-risk youth; most students are from Title I schools where the performing arts have been defunded, thus having little to no resources to bring quality and specialized instruction to their students. Students attending Volta from these schools are from low-income families, and all programs have a high percentage (71.75% on average) of students enrolled from minority groups.
Volta Teachers’ primary responsibility will be to teach group lessons on violin and music theory. Curriculum will be provided. The teachers will be directly involved in developing, implementing, and carrying out the Volta curriculum and defined teaching objectives at the guidance of the Volta Afterschool Program Team.
The Teachers would be working with students K to grade 5 in a group of 10 to 12 students.
Desired Qualifications and Experience
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree or currently enrolled or equivalent experience in music education or performance degree.
- Passion for impacting students’ lives through music, especially underserved or at-risk youth.
- Ability to work well in a racially and culturally diverse community.
- Effective and equity-driven classroom management techniques.
- Prior experience teaching school-age children.
- Mastery of your primary instrument (violin).
- Ability to teach foundational string instrument skills in both group and individual settings.
- Attention to detail and decisive decision-making.
- Commitment to creating a nurturing atmosphere with evident mutual respect for students, parents/guardians, volunteers, and co-workers.
- Ability to work well individually and collaboratively.
- Punctuality, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.
Preferred (not required)
- Bilingual (Spanish and English)
- 1-2 years of classroom, ensemble, or group teaching experience in music.
- Basic knowledge of another instrument in the string family other than your own.
- Any additional music experience or skill set (arranging, composing, improvisation, secondary instrument, vocal, mariachi, jazz, singer/songwriter, etc.).
- Conducting experience, especially with beginning ensembles.
- Must pass a background check.
- 2-3 Professional References, including name and a phone or email address.
- Candidates are asked to submit a teaching video audition on their instrument and sample lesson plan with their application materials.
This job is primarily performed in a classroom environment where the majority of the time will require engaging students around the room. There is some stationary (desk) work when needed or for at-home planning; ongoing communication with teachers, staff and students, and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 40-45 pounds.