Organization Description: The mission of Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) is to ensure the long-term musical and social success of all students, and to positively impact them and their families through quality education and performance. JQOP is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan program that uses intensive, joyful, and ensemble-based music instruction to teach children social-emotional skills. In the 2018-19 school year, JQOP will serve 200 students in eight ensembles, including six string orchestras of various levels (beginner to advanced). All rehearsals take place before school at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown. For more information, visit www.jqop.org.
Position Description: JQOP has around ten bass students, ranging from 1st to 6th grade. The Bass Teacher would come to morning program twice per week to work with these students, both individually and in sectionals or small group lessons. The Bass Teacher would work in collaboration with the Program Manager and Ensemble Directors to facilitate both ensemble learning and individual progress. The Bass Teacher will teach in alignment with JQOP’s curriculum, pedagogy, and El Sistema’s philosophy of musical excellence and social inclusion for all students. All staff will ensure the highest quality learning experience for all students, support each child holistically, and be an active member of the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program community.
· Work with bass students individually or in small groups and sectionals; teaching will cover bass technique, notation, rehearsal of orchestra repertoire, and music theory as needed
· Collaborate with administrative staff and fellow Teaching Artists to create a shared curriculum and pedagogy for the orchestra, as well as ensemble goals and evaluation tools
· Attend staff meetings, concerts, and community events offered through the program, including an orientation weekend in late-August / early-September
· Experience teaching young string bass players, preferably in group settings
· Knowledge of string bass pedagogy, repertoire, and technique
· Commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music instruction
· Passion for teaching and willingness to go above-and-beyond to ensure success for all students
· Flexibility and the capacity to work under frequent observation
· Strong interpersonal and communication skills